The Stealth Campaign to Support Settlements/Gag Free Speech – In Congress


Beginning in 2014, opponents of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel began promoting legislation in various U.S. states denouncing the BDS movement. In 2015, these efforts shifted/expanded to efforts in the U.S. Congress (as well as at the state level) to hijack concerns about BDS against Israel in order to pass legislation giving unprecedented legitimacy and recognition to Israeli settlements by, in effect, making it U.S. policy to treat them as part of Israel, and to gag free speech by legislating against boycotts of both Israel and settlements. These efforts continue through the present day.

In order to shine a bright light on this stealth legislative trend, in January 2015, in her previous capacity working for FMEP grantee Americans for Peace Now, Lara Friedman began tracking this phenomenon in a publicly-accessible data table, updated regularly to include any new developments. With APN’s agreement, Lara is continuing this work in her capacity as the President of FMEP, and her data table – which will continue to be updated regularly – can now be found here.

To follow what is happening at the state level, see here.

Questions about this issue or data table should be directed to: