In the United States, in 2016, a foreign organization is spreading a campaign of hate and discrimination targeted at minority groups.  This organization, operating under the name "Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment" (BDS), with ties to radical 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 Legal Institute, a legal think tank and advocacy organization, is taking the lead in creating a framework to wage a legal battle against the discriminatory BDS movement.

Zachor seeks to combat 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; and

  • Offensive – Using existing federal and state laws, including 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.

 Zachor is seeking financial support in order to accomplish the following:

  • Research, draft, publish and distribute a comprehensive guide to federal and state laws that state legislators will need to be familiar with as they enact new anti-discrimination laws, with a focus on countering the erroneous legal claims being made by pro-BDS groups. 

  • Create the detailed framework, consisting of commentary, legal analysis and forms, to assist in the private actions against BDS and government prosecution of the leaders of BDS.  

  • Publicize the substantial fines and jail sentences that can apply to those found to be violating laws applicable to BDS activity.  In addition, the discriminatory nature of this web of organizations, inherently linked with terrorist organizations, will be publicly brought to the public, leading to an erosion of support interest/support of other types BDS activity (such as university activities).

  • Provide scholarly support for federal, state and local government legislative efforts to oppose BDS initiatives. 

For more detailed information about the threat of BDS and how Zachor plans to fight BDS, see About Zachor Legal Institute.

Zachor Legal Institute is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt and registered non-profit organization with a principle office in the United States.  In addition to anti-discrimination advocacy, Zachor engages in research, scholarship and advocacy focusing on the First and Second Amendments.

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