Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:45am -1:15pm CST
Zoha Khalili: My name is Zoha Khalili, I’m an attorney at Palestine legal. Um, and what I do there is I try to stand up for your legal rights, and the legal rights of other activisms, activists that are fighting Palestine in the United States. Um, and we fight against anti-BDS legislation, and we try to defend, you know, professors who are having their speech silenced because of their support for Palestine. Um, and, and you know, if you guys ever have any questions about the law, if you guys ever need a referral, please get in touch with us. And, and I’m gonna talk a little bit about anti-BDS legislation, because I think there’s a lot of confusion about that.
But it doesn’t affect your personal right to boycott. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which is a bill that’s before Congress, a lot of people are scared about it because there’s these fines, and there’s up to 20 years in prison if you break the law. But that law also doesn’t affect your ability to boycott. So what that law says, if it gets passed, and we’re working hard to make sure it doesn’t, but what that says is that, if you engage in commercial activity in support of a boycott that’s called for by an intergovernmental organization, so for example, the European Union, or the United Nations, then you know, you could be subjected to these penalties.
But, that’s not what BDS is. The UN didn’t call for BDS. The European Union didn’t call for BDS. And you guys are individuals and not companies. And so, this doesn’t affect you but everyone’s really scared about it.