This week California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an awful, un-democratic bill that aims to stifle the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. Now the 13th state to undercut free speech protections afforded to American citizens, California offers a new way to do so. After a long drafting and amending process, the final California bill requires big time state contractors to certify that they don't boycott in a discriminatory fashion (plain and simple: boycotting is ok if you are boycotting more targets than just Israel). Israel is, you'll note, the only boycott target explicitly mentioned in the bill. The bill is different than how most other states have approached outlawing BDS (some of which have the added bonus of conflating Israel and it's illegal settlements in the process). The bill advanced by the Pennsylvania state Senate yesterday is more typical. Pennsylvania is now very close to prohibiting the state government from doing business with any entity that engages in the boycott of Israel. It's been a bad week for free speech in America.

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