CCR, NLG South Florida, and ADC sent a letter to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) expressing concern with the disciplinary actions the administration took against five students who protested a lecture by an IDF soldier on their campus. To avoid a stain on their academic records and to be able to continue their education and activism without the distraction of a protracted legal battle, the students signed agreements putting them on probation, prohibiting some of them from holding leadership positions in official student organizations, and mandating that they attend a “Campus of Difference” training program developed by none other than the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL has falsely accused some of the same students of anti-Semitism and has been at the forefront of efforts to silence advocates for Palestinian rights because it disagrees with them. FAU’s actions appear to be in response to a concerted campaign by outside organizations to malign students engaged in Palestinian rights advocacy on campus, and to pressure the University to act against them. CCR and other organizations will continue to monitor FAU’s treatment of these students. To read the full letter, click HERE.
To read the students’ statement, click HERE.