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Boycotting Israel May Soon Become Illegal in the US
Politicians and legislators are trying to make the BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) movement illegal and quash the free speech rights of participants, especially those of students.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Mnar Muhawesh, editor-in-chief of Mint Press News and host of Behind the Headline, explains that while the BDS movement represents a grassroots effort to force Israel to acknowledge the human rights of the indigenous Palestinian population, political mega-donors like casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and other wealthy sources have opened their wallets to stop the movement.

This big donor money is leading to a growing number of efforts to legislate BDS out of existence. Both the
United Kingdom and the U.S. passed bans on divestment in public sector businesses.

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Boycotting Israel May Soon Become Illegal Across US
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called BDS a “campaign to delegitimize Israel” and insisted that the Jewish people were being specially singled out for criticism. Even “liberal” presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders echoed his sentiments in statements linking anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism. And state legislators are interceding at the local level to try to block the efforts of students on college campuses.

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at the University of Minnesota is no stranger to this.  
When they approached the student government about passing a resolution urging their school to stop investing in companies that violate human rights beyond Israel, they might have expected similar pushback from other students.

Instead, over two dozen lawmakers from Minnesota’s state legislature signed a letter to the university’s president, Eric Kaler, opposing the resolution.

Watch Mnar Muhawesh's full report exclusively at Mint Press News. 

Behind The Headline is a citizen supported project created by Mnar Muhawesh. 
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