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As voters who supported Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker for US Senate, we hereby denounce their recent actions in support of S.Res 120, which includes the Combat BDS law, a law that  would punish and potentially criminalize proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, a peaceful campaign of your voters insistence to support Palestinian rights.

We see this attempt to legislate against the constitutionally protected free speech rights of American citizens, and residents as an egregious assault on our democratic rights to participate in debate and decision making in matters of US policy and government.  We fear it will provide a pretext for a broader oppressive atmosphere, one that could lead to investigations and crackdowns on people’s coalitions and movements. This could affect efforts of people from diverse backgrounds working together around many issues, and also lead to expanded restrictions on our 1st amendment rights.

We hereby urge Senator Menendez and Senator Booker to change their position, and to OPPOSE S.Res 120 including the Combating BDS Act.  Furthermore, we urge US Senator Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, and the entire NJ delegation to the House of Representatives to vote down S. Res 120 and H.Res 246 (Combating BDS Act), and any related laws attempting to restrict our First Amendment rights, to punish criminally, civilly or financially citizens, residents, companies, or any other entity for making personal or organizational decisions on what they purchase or support.

Vote NO on Anti-BDS laws:

According to the ACLU:

“The Combating BDS Act represents yet another covert attempt by the Senate to enact legislation that would burden fundamental free expression rights without proper consideration on the heels of a failed attempt last month to pass a different law criminalizing boycotts of Israel.  . . .

The Combating BDS Act would attempt to give legal cover to states that enact laws penalizing businesses and individuals who participate in boycott activities against Israel and Israeli-controlled territories. These state laws, dozens of which exist in many different forms, generally compel state contractors and any entity in which the state invests — for example, through a state-run pension, retirement, or endowment fund — to sign oaths promising not to boycott Israel as a requirement of maintaining their relationship with the state. However, as courts found in the McCarthy era, the government can’t fire its employees or contractors just because they refuse to sign an oath promising not to engage in disfavored expression or association. And two federal courts have already held state requirements to swear not to participate in boycotts of Israel unconstitutional."