COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is suing to block the state of Maryland from enforcing an executive order barring state agencies from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and state Attorney General Brian Frosh on Wednesday on behalf of software engineer Syed Saqib Ali, a former state lawmaker.

The October 2017 executive order requires contractors to certify that they don’t boycott Israel. Ali’s federal lawsuit says the order bars him from bidding for government software contracts because he supports boycotts of businesses and organizations that “contribute to the oppression of Palestinians.”

CAIR says 26 states have enacted measures similar to Maryland’s. CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas says other federal lawsuits have challenged measures in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas.

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  1. Rafeek AlNur says:

    “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” We don’t need to reopen th can of worms that comes from putting one religion over another. My religion requires me to fight evil, and I consider the crimes against humanity and war crimes Israel commits against the indigenous population to be evil. So I consider these laws a restriction of the practice of my religion.