A US federal judge has blocked the enforcement of a Texas law that punishes contractors and businesses that support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS).

The law, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2017, requires contractors to certify that they do not boycott the Jewish state. It prohibits all states agencies “from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel.

US District Judge Robert Pitman released an opinion Thursday delcaring that boycotts are protected speech and the law does not serve a compelling state interest.

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