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Massachusetts Advocates Attest to Right to Boycott at State House Hearing


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Massachusetts Advocates Attest to Right to Boycott at State House Hearing

Renae Reints

Discrimination and free speech were strong buzzwords at a Massachusetts State House hearing Tuesday, where lawyers, legislators, faith leaders, and organizers testified both for and against a proposed bill which could chill and even penalize a state contractor’s right to boycott. The bill, titled “An Act prohibiting discrimination in state contracts,” is a thinly-veiled guise to penalize supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent economic practices to protest the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinian peoples.


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Nazis and Israelis all the same species … and none the chosen race of their magical mythical sky daddy.


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“Denise Provost had many questions about the need for this bill”.

Well, that’s a modicum of progress. When I lived in the state and she was my city representative, she seemed rabidly opposed to such criticism of Israel and shut down divestment supporters at a public hearing. This was a time when “where do you stand in terms of BDS” was pretty much the crucial question with regards to separating progressive, vs, establishment democrats.

One thing we should remember, however, is that as long as you pay taxes, you are not really boycotting Israel.