Kansas Is Punishing a Teacher for Following Her Church's Guidance to Boycott Israel

Jilani, Zaid

Publisher:  The Intercept
Date Written:  13/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21491

As part of her employment with a state program in Kansas a woman was asked to sign a statement proclaiming she not boycott Israel, a clear violation of her first amendment rights says the American Civil Liberties Union.


Excerpt: Esther Koontz Is a long-time math teacher and curriculum coach at Horace Mann Dual Language Magnet School in Wichita, Kansas.

She's also a member of the Mennonite Church USA, which in July voted to divest itself from American companies that profit off of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

One month prior to that vote, Kansas's legislature passed into law House Bill 2409, which seeks to discourage boycotts of the state of Israel by prohibiting state contracts with individuals who refuse to say they will not engage in such boycott activity.