Zachor Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization, is taking the lead in the legal battle against “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS).

One of the most frequently asked questions about the activities of the anti-Israel BDS movement is: Are their actions legal?

The simple answer is, in many cases, NO.

So why is BDS still active in the United States?

The answer to this question is nuanced, but it comes down to two reasons.  First, there is widespread misinformation about the legal status of BDS.  Second, there hasn’t been an organized effort to stop the spread of illegal BDS activity.

To date, the BDS foreign organization is spreading its campaign of hate and discrimination.  BDS, with ties to radical Islamic terror organizations and rooted in the illegal Arab League boycott of the 20th century, intends to damage American commercial markets and attack, vilify and marginalize wide swaths of the American public.

Zachor combats the detrimental financial impact and discriminatory effects of BDS activity through two distinct strategies:

  • Defensive – Using well established legal principles backed by longstanding government policy to prevent the adoption and promulgation of BDS activity by local governments, unions, business entities and individuals.  To date, we have collaborated with many efforts at the state level to successfully pass anti-BDS legislation that are fully constitutional and defensible; and

  • Offensive – Using existing federal and state laws, including anti-terrorism and anti-racketeering laws that have been used to successfully prosecute organized crime and terror movements, to impose financial and criminal penalties on the entities and individuals that are funding and overseeing BDS activity in the United States.

The key in this effort is our focus on producing legal scholarship that is then made available for use by the entire Zionist umbrella of organizations, enabling us together to reduce the negative impacts of anti-Israel lies and misrepresentations.  Zachor research has been cited by a variety of US governmental and non-profit organizations when making legal rulings and recommendations, as well as by the Israeli Supreme Court.

We are now concentrating more on the offensive measures, designed to proactively eliminate those activities of BDS which are in gross violation of existing US law.

Zachor Legal Institute is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and registered non-profit organization with a principle office in the United States.  

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