Judge mulls blocking Kansas law against boycotting Israel

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to block Kansas from enforcing a new law barring state contractors from participating in boycotts against Israel.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree had a hearing Friday in a free-speech lawsuit challenging the law from the American Civil Liberties Union. It is asking Crabtree to block enforcement of the 5-month-old law while the lawsuit proceeds.

More than 20 states have anti-boycott policies. The Kansas law took effect in July.

The ACLU sued on behalf of a Wichita educator who was told she couldn’t be paid by the state to train teachers because she refused to sign a statement that she wasn’t boycotting Israel. She is boycotting Israeli products and services to support Palestinians.

The state said the law allows the teacher to seek a waiver.