December 9, 2017

Maryland joins states pro-Israel and anti-free speech

MIC-  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order that prohibits any contractor or subcontractor from working with the state if they boycott Israel.

The move came after a similar measure failed to gain support in the state legislature.

“Despite these clear warnings about the Orwellian and unconstitutional nature of such laws, Maryland governor Larry Hogan decided to take matters into his own hands and pass by fiat an anti-[boycott, divestment and sanctions] executive order that failed to get through the Maryland State Legislature,” Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the United States Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said in an email. 

In Kansas, the ACLU is currently suing the state over its anti-BDS law on behalf of a math teacher who was kicked out of a state teaching program for supporting her Mennonite church’s protest against Israel’s occupation.

And in June, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive action similar to the one in Maryland that prohibits state funds from anyone who does not vow support for Israel.

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