Appeals Court Upholds Arkansas Israel Boycott Pledge Law | app

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Arkansas’ law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel, ruling the restriction is not an unconstitutional violation of freedom of expression.

Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit overturned a 2-1 ruling by a three-judge court panel that found the requirement unconstitutional. The Arkansas Times had filed a lawsuit to block the law, which requires contractors in the state to cut their fees by 20% if they don’t sign the recognizance.

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