US newspaper fights against attempts to force allegiance to Israel

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A pile of newspapers and magazines on 14 January 2015 [MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images]

A local newspaper in the American state of Arkansas has complained that it is being pressured to declare its allegiance to Israel and that it will not boycott the country, as states in the US continue to pass legislation outlawing the practice. In an article on the New York Times, the founder of the Arkansas Times, Alan Leveritt, recounts that, in 2018, he was given an ultimatum by the Pulaski Technical College that in order to "continue receiving its ad dollars, we would have to certify in writing that our company was not engaged in a boycott of Israel." Leveritt described the demand as "puzzling," asking "why would we be required to sign a pledge regarding a country in the […]

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