Marcy Winograd: The purpose of the bill is to chill speech by targeting the ever-popular movement to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel for its human rights abuses: Palestinian home demolitions; expanded settlements in the West Bank; water cut-offs; apartheid roads.
Marcy Winograd: While opponents of AB 2844 were disappointed in the legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill, they take heart in the knowledge that their activism diluted a glaringly unconstitutional bill.
Supporters of Palestinian human rights will protest at yet another high-end Hollywood fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at pro-Israel-billionaire Haim Saban’s Beverly Hills gated estate.
Marcy Winograd: Clinton needs to walk back AIPAC, and by that I mean lose the language about standing firm to stamp out what is now a wildly popular global campaign: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
Marcy Winograd: I thank the Court of Appeal for siding with ordinary citizens exercising the right of petition to change the law and for not allowing this chilling lawsuit to go forward.
Marcy Winograd: Stay tuned for an epic political battle uniting progressive Jews with their Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters—organizing together to say “not in our name” as Bloom and the Israel lobby lean on lawmakers fearful of being branded anti-Semitic. Anti-Free Speech Bill
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s bill would prohibit California and its cities from contracting with companies that boycott the illegal Israeli occupation; in other words it would punish companies that respect human rights and international law.
Marcy Winograd: Bloom’s water-carrying for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has raised the ire of some of his district’s residents (count me in that crowd), including members of LA Jews for Peace.
Marcy Winograd: Somehow I had never heard of these white anti-racist groups until Sunday night when this teacher got an education long after the bell rang. White People for Racial Justice
Marcy Winograd: If we want to protect elephants in their natural habitat, we shouldn’t build prisons for them in urban centers but instead donate to elephant sanctuaries.
Marcy Winograd: The Reporters Committee defended the rights of citizens, journalists, and this pony ride activist to publicly disagree with the opinions of government employees and challenged the lower court’s interpretation of defamation law.
Marcy Winograd: If the University of California can censor debate on Israel by threatening critics with expulsion, what is to stop the university from restricting all political debate?
Marcy Winograd: How fortunate for AIPAC leaders that at the midnight hour, when time and patience is running out on Israeli expansionism, they find not a firebrand, but a low-key Democrat to carry their water.