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Wanna work for the state AND boycott Israel?

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click to enlarge MAKING THEM PAY: Those who favor boycotts with Israel over its treatment of Palestinians must pay by being barred from doing business with states like Arkansas. The ACLU says those laws are unconstitutional. - ACLU
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  • MAKING THEM PAY: Those who favor boycotts with Israel over its treatment of Palestinians must pay by being barred from doing business with states like Arkansas. The ACLU says those laws are unconstitutional.

Max wrote the other day about the nutty 2017 law passed in Arkansas and a number of other states that requires state employees and contractors to sign a contract pledging they won't boycott Israel. In Arkansas, we have right-wing evangelical legislators Rep. Jim Dotson (R-Bentonville) and Sen. Bart Hester (R-Cave Springs) to thank for the law. In its text, the statute says, "Boycotts and related tactics have become a tool of economic warfare that threaten the sovereignty and security of key allies and trade partners of the United States."

A federal judge in Kansas enjoined the law there after the ACLU filed suit.

So consider this a PSA. The ACLU of Arkansas's Rita Sklar sends this notice along:

We welcome anyone contracting with the state or local government and facing the choice between foregoing their right to boycott Israel or losing 20% of their pay to be in touch with us via www.acluarkansas.org/get-help 

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