US court revives challenge to Arkansas law targeting the boycott Israel movement

Federal appeals court orders reconsideration of case that argues anti-BDS law violates right to free speech

Illustrative: Palestinian and left-wing Jewish groups stage a rally walking from Times Square to the United Nations Building in New York, September 15, 2011, calling to end all US aid to Israel and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. (AP Photo/David Karp)

JTA — A US federal appeals court struck a blow to the legality of an Arkansas law that aims to penalize the boycott Israel movement.

In 2017, the state passed the law, which financially penalizes companies that do not renounce the boycott Israel movement. A federal Arkansas judge dismissed a challenge to it in 2019.

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