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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Appeals court here considers  Arkansas case  challenging  anti-BDS law

Appeals court here considers Arkansas case challenging anti-BDS law

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR January 23, 2020

A federal appeals court in St. Louis heard a case last week from Arkansas that challenged that state’s anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) law.Alan Leveritt, the publisher of the Arkansas Times newspaper, filed a lawsuit against the state in...

Jonathan S. Tobin

Discrimination against Israel is not free speech

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS December 27, 2018

Critics say Anti-BDS laws silence a political debate. That’s simply untrue.It sounds outrageous. A speech pathologist in a Texas school district was asked to sign a pro-Israel pledge. If she refused to go along, she would lose her job. Described in...

Anti-BDS bill advances in Missouri legislature

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer March 7, 2018

Committees in the Missouri House and Senate have voted to move forward with legislation that would require companies that receive state contracts to certify that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel. Gov. Eric Greitens has also said he would approve...

State Senators Jill Schupp and Mike Kehoe co-sponsored anti-BDS legislation.

State senators cosponsor anti-BDS legislation

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer January 10, 2018

A bipartisan pair of Missouri state senators have introduced legislation that would bar businesses that engage in a boycott of Israel from receiving state contracts.State Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, sponsored the legislation with...

Looking Inward

Jewish Light Editorial September 7, 2016

“Anti Semitism is a disease that is beyond politics.” —Comment on the Daily Gazette (student newspaper of Swarthmore College) website, in response to William Meyer’s article, “A Response to Yesterday’s Anti-Semitic Hate Crime from a ‘Whiny...

Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.  He has been involved in drafting numerous anti-boycott laws across the country.

Anti-BDS laws don’t perpetuate discrimination. They prevent it.

By Eugene Kontorovich June 22, 2016

CHICAGO — On June 16, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to have a final vote on a bill restricting the state’s dealings with companies that boycott Israel. The measure, S1923/A925, would have the Garden State join the nine states that have already...

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