(St. Louis, MO -- June 11, 2019) -- StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department, through the invaluable assistance of our pro bono attorney network, filed an amicus brief on June 6, 2019 in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) legislation enacted by the state of Arkansas and upheld by the district court.
The brief, submitted with Agudath Israel of America and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, supports Arkansas' enactment of a law that prevents taxpayer funds from being used to further discriminatory boycotts against Israel. The brief focuses on the antisemitic (and thus, discriminatory) nature of the BDS campaign, and the state's clearly compelling interest in enacting such laws to eradicate discrimination against Jews, Israel and Israelis.
This is the third amicus brief filed by the StandWithUs Saidoff Legal Department. The non-profit organization also filed briefs in Arizona federal district court in February 2018 and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in November 2018 in support of a similar anti-BDS law enacted by Arizona.
StandWithUs gives immeasurable thanks to its pro bono attorneys, Jonathan Rotter of Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP and Aaron Stiefel and Avishai Don of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP for their tireless dedication to the fight against antisemitism, including the filing of this brief on behalf of StandWithUs.
Click HERE to read the amicus brief.
StandWithUs (SWU) is an eighteen year-old, international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel.
Based in Los Angeles, the organization has 18 chapters and offices throughout the U.S., in Israel, the UK, Canada and Brazil.