Common sense and justice prevails in the USA. Laws designed to prevent state employees and contractors from exercising their right not to do business with Israel are ruled unconstitutional. The state of Israel and its supporters will not hesitate to destroy YOUR civil liberties to protect their settler-colonial project in Palestine from criticism and boycott.
After a months long battle, a Texas school teacher was told she could return back to work after a federal court blocked an anti-BDS law in the state on the grounds that it was “likely unconstitutional.”
Bahia Amawi, a speech pathologist who had been working in a Texas school district for nearly a decade, was forced to leave her job last year when she refused to sign an anti-boycott clause included in the school district’s contract.
The new contract asked employees to affirm that they did not boycott Israel and would not do so while working for the school.
When Amawi, a Palestinian-American, refused to sign on the basis that the clause infringed on her first amendment rights, she was told she could not return to work.
The new clause in her contract came as a result of a 2017 bill passed by the Texas legislature requiring that state agencies not do business with companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to boycott Israeli goods.
Texas was one of several states to pass the bill, which was criticized for its broad interpretation that in one case, led to victims of Hurricane Harvey applying for relief grants to sign the “no boycott” clause.
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