Media Roundup: Students Win Legal Battle Against Censorship at Fordham

Earlier this month, Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) won the right to organize on campus, following a lawsuit we filed against the university’s SJP ban with the Center for Constitutional Rights and cooperating counsel Alan Levine.

The legal victory drew considerable attention across local and national press.

Here is a roundup of media featuring Fordham SJP, Palestine Legal, and the Center for Constitutional Rights:

Senior staff attorney Radhika Sainath published an op-ed about the legal battle in +972 Magazine. Radhika was also quoted in Newsweek, interviewed on Pacifica Radio in Washington DC, and featured in Nora Barrows-Friedman’s podcast for The Electronic Intifada.

Maria LaHood, deputy legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, was quoted in Haaretz and Inside Higher Ed.


Some of the student petitioners were also featured in the media, including Ahmad Awad and Sapphira Lurie in The Arab American News, Common Dreams, Democracy Now, The Nation, and North Jersey Record.

CCR Bertha Justice Fellow Astha Sharma Pokharel and Ahmad Awad were interviewed on the Arab Voices radio show.

The Fordham Observer and Fordham Ram covered the ruling, in addition to coverage from Middle East Eye, Middle East Monitor, and Mondoweiss.

Read the full timeline at our Fordham case page.

Although over 1,000 days have passed since we initiated the process for club status, I did not give up on my fight for human rights and free speech. I continued to advocate for justice in Palestine, and now because of Justice Bannon’s order, no Fordham student will be restricted or prohibited from advocating for justice in Palestine.
— Ahmad Awad, petitioner in Awad, et al. v. Fordham University