The NLG Palestine Subcommittee provides legal support to the movement for justice and freedom in Palestine. This includes working with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movements, challenging repressive legislation, supporting students’ and others’ rights to organize and speak on Palestine, advocating for Palestinian political prisoners, organizing delegations, and challenging directly U.S. and Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian rights. Our own Maryland NLG Chapter has successfully worked in coalition with others to stop efforts in the Maryland General Assembly that would penalize those who participate in BDS.
Now, U.S. Senator Cardin (MD) is the lead sponsor of a bill (S. 720) that would, among other things, impose fines and criminal penalties against entities that boycott businesses in Israel. The companion bill on the House side is H.R. 1697.
For an outstanding article critiquing Senator Cardin’s opposition to BDS, with quotes from NLG member Benjamin Van Douglas, see article.
For more information on legislative efforts nationwide to stop the BDS movement, please go to legislation.
For contact information on your Maryland State and Federal Congress Person, please go to: contact information.