Last week, we told you about the ACLU’s letter urging members of Congress to refrain from cosponsoring the so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” because American citizens have a constitutional right to boycott Israel if they want to (duh!). Subsequently, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) responded to the ACLU, insisting that they were blowing things out of proportion when they said what we've been saying for years now, and claiming the bill “does [not] punish individuals or companies from [sic] refusing to do business with Israel based on their own political beliefs.” That’s when the ACLU released this FAQ that’s so comprehensive in demonstrating how this Act would hinder free speech that we can’t do it justice in a quick and snappy Countdown paragraph (but seriously, you should read it). Better yet, rising progressive star Senator Gillibrand was challenged for supporting this anti-boycott law, and she responded as thoughtfully as a senator can: She explained she agreed that all Americans have the right to engage in boycotts, and has requested a meeting with the ACLU to better understand how the bill impacts free speech. She topped off her answer by saying she was troubled that Bibi Netanyahu didn’t have a vision for peace. Wouldn’t it be nice of all senators spoke this candidly?

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