Media Spotlight: Palestine Exception Anniversary

One year later, a look at how our report has influenced coverage of Palestine advocacy

It’s been a year since we released The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the U.S. with the Center for Constitutional Rights. The groundbreaking report documented for the first time the widespread and growing suppression of Palestine advocacy in the United States.

The “Palestine Exception” documented nearly 300 incidents of suppression of Palestine advocacy from January 2014 to June 2015, 85 percent of which targeted students and scholars. It identified nine common suppression tactics, often employed by Israel advocacy organizations such as the Amcha Initiative, the Zionist Organization of America and numerous others. These tactics include false accusations of antisemitism based solely on criticism of Israel, cancellation of Palestine-related events, threats of baseless lawsuits, and legislation aimed at punishing and suppressing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

You can find the most recent data on incidents of suppression in our 2016 Mid-Year Report released in July.

The report’s release garnered attention in national media outlets. One year later, the report remains an important resource for reporters covering the suppression of Palestine advocacy in the U.S. Below we have collected media highlights over the last year illustrating how the report has continued to inform reporting on this issue.