On Tuesday, a federal judge in Kansas temporarily blocked a law that barred state contractors from boycotting Israel. Citing that it impeded on the peoples rights of freedom of speech in America.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree wrote in his decision that the U.S. Supreme Court has held that:
The First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law.
Several states have enacted laws in recent years amid an increasingly visible movement protesting Israel’s policies toward Palestinians. The Israeli Occupational Force has been met with plenty criticism over the years for excessive force & war crimes.
Early on in July of 2017 a bill that would criminalise boycotts against Israel was signed by 45 US senators and 237 congressman.
The so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” would impose fines of up to $250,000 on any US citizen “engaged in interstate or foreign commerce” who supports a boycott of Israeli goods and services.
The US has long defended Israel in territorial disputes in the Middle East, even as the Israeli military has expanded into areas that are assigned to the Palestinians by international law.
Back in 2016 during the Obama administrations final year, the U.S. finalized a deal to give Israel $38 Billion in Military Aid, the largest of its kind ever, American and Israeli officials said. This is a increase of roughly 27 percent on the money pledged in the last agreement, which was signed in 2007.
Below are some other quick fact charts from IfAmericaKnew.org, click here for sources: