NLG, CCR, and DDF Letter to MD Assembly: Anti-Boycott Bill Violates First Amendment

The Maryland and D.C. Chapters of the NLG, along with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Defending Dissent Foundation (DDF) submitted this letter to the Conference Committee for the Budget of the Maryland General Assembly, expressing concern over the proposed Amendment 923228/1 of Budget Bill SB 170.

The Amendment seeks to condemn or punish colleges and universities in the state that engage in the academic boycott of Israel, in response to the country's systematic human rights abuses in Palestine. The legislation wrongly links the BDS movement to anti-Semitism to silence critics of Israel, thus violates the constitutional right to free speech.