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Protest for George Floyd in Marin City, California on June 2, 2020. (Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr)

Uprisings across all 50 states continued into this week, with thousands protesting the police murder of George Floyd. A number of pro-Palestine organizations put out powerful statements in solidarity with the actions.

Activists call for boycotting Israel. (Photo via BDSMovement.net)

Last week, both Missouri and Oklahoma’s state legislatures passed bills prohibiting the state from entering into contracts with businesses that boycott Israel. “Year after year, activists in these states successfully fought back against anti-boycott bills. This year, while legislative sessions were truncated due to COVID-19, and people sheltering in place were unable to fight back, lawmakers made the time to pass bills aiming to silence constitutionally protected speech in support of Palestinian rights,” Palestine Legal’s Meera Shah tells Mondoweiss.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin posing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem during a visit in March 2016. (Courtesy of U.S. Senate)

The Netanyahu-Gantz coalition government will be sworn in this week and Netanyahu has made it clear that he intends to move forward with annexation plans this summer. Almost every Democrat opposes the move, but virtually none of them want to even suggest doing anything about it.