Screw Freedom of Speech – Jeb Bush Promises to Use DoJ to Crack Down on BDS Movement


Republican presidential candidate & former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr.


Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada writes:

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has promised that if he is elected president next November he will deploy the full might of the US Department of Justice to crack down on the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.

“On day one I will work with the next attorney general to stop the BDS movement in the United States, to use whatever resources that exist,” the former Florida governor told the Republican Jewish Coalition in a speech on Thursday.

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The BDS Movement, as described on the Global BDS Movement website:

The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice. Source:

Abunimah concludes by noting that in the U.S. economic boycotts are a constitutionally protected form of free speech.

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