We Testified in Maryland's House of Delegates against the Anti-Boycott Bill

Today, several of us F2Bers travelled from all around the state (and some from other states!) to Annapolis to testify against Delegate Ben Kramer's anti-Boycott Bill in the House of Delegates. Here's a shot of us standing in the rotunda of that building after the bill hearing. That's the seal of Maryland on the floor. It's a Ploughman and a Fisherman. Cool, huh?

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F2B Testifiers. From left: Saqib Ali, Maria Baroody, Paul Verduin, Courtney Peterson, Melinda Thompson, Unknown, Susan Kerin, Unknown, Betsey Cunningham, Shelley Cohen Fudge, Sami Alqasem, Kareem El-Hosseiny, Zachary Flaugher, Chip Gibbons, Taher Hazerallah

 

We felt the hearing went well for our side. It took nearly 3 hours total. Watch some of the highlights (and lowlights!) below:

 

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I explained why the anti-BDS bill is amoral, unjust and completely misguided.

 

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Reverend Marvin Silver testifies against the anti-BDS bill based on firsthand knowledge of Israel/Palestine

 

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Attorney Chip Gibbons explains why the anti-BDS bill is so unconstitutional

 

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Delegate Rick Metzgar claims that "Israel has given back 94% of the land" and says he stands with Israel because he has read the Bible

 

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Delegate Kathy Szeliga asks about FIFA's potential suspension of the Israeli football association.

 

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Delegate Kathy Szeliga fabricates an Iranian missile launch against Israel which never happened.

 

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Turkish-American Gunay Evanch testifies in favor of anti-BDS bill likening BDS to efforts to legislative efforts to criticize Turkey's historic genocide of Armenians.

 

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Israeli soldier Leanna Kramer testifies in favor of anti-Boycott bill without informing committee she is an Israeli soldier.

 

Believe it or not, these vignettes don't cover the entire hearing. There was quite a bit more -- including Delegate Kramers strident (and very dubious) testimony in favor of his bill. You can watch the entire hearing by clicking here.

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