The New York Civil Liberties Union is urging Nassau to repeal a bill passed last year prohibiting companies from doing business with the county if they have boycotted or divested from Israeli businesses or supported sanctions against Israel, arguing the law is “unconstitutional.”
In a letter Monday to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Susan Gottehrer, the NYCLU’s Nassau chapter director, says the county’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions law violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it targets political speech.
BDS supporters want to end international support for what it characterizes as Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.
“Nassau County cannot be in the business of telling people what to say or think,” wrote Gottehrer. “The BDS movement is a form of protected political speech.”
County officials have said they stand by the BDS law and argue it protects Nassau residents against hate speech.
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