Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Talib Kweli disinvited from German festival over support for Palestinian rights, BDS

Prominent hip hop artist Talib Kweli was recently disinvited from a German music festival over his refusal to denounce the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Festival organizers disinvited Kweli after he refused to respond to their request that he make a statement about his position on BDS. The festival’s demand was prompted by a non-binding resolution passed by the German parliament last month defining the BDS movement as antisemitic and calling for the denial of public funding and forums for projects that support BDS or “question Israel’s right to exist.”

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NYC DSA reschedules BDS & Nakba event, canceled after threats by pro-Israel groups

NYC DSA reschedules BDS & Nakba event, canceled after threats by pro-Israel groups

The New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC DSA) has rescheduled a cancelled event on “Palestinian Expulsion and Resistance: The Nakba, BDS and the Great Return March.” The event was cancelled in May after members of the church where the event was to be held were stalked and threatened by right-wing pro-Israel groups. The new event will take place on June 10 at an alternate venue.

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Success! NJ Library Reinstates Palestine Children's Book Event

Success! NJ Library Reinstates Palestine Children's Book Event

The Highland Park Public Library announced late Tuesday that it would allow a book event organized by Jewish Voice for Peace-Central New Jersey (JVP) to go forward after the Library cancelled the event because of racist, Islamophobic complaints. Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights and ACLU-NJ wrote the library board of trustees on May 29, warning that the cancellation violated the First Amendment and Article I, Paragraph 6 of the New Jersey Constitution, by which public libraries in New Jersey are bound.

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UCLA Wrongly Investigates Lecture Linking Zionism with White Supremacy

UCLA Wrongly Investigates Lecture Linking Zionism with White Supremacy

UCLA is subjecting anthropology professor Kyeyoung Park to an unwarranted investigation after a student complained about comments critical of Zionism made by a guest lecturer during Park’s course on “Constructing Race.”

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Florida Redefines Antisemitism to Censor Criticism of Israel

Florida Redefines Antisemitism to Censor Criticism of Israel

It might now be a civil rights violation to call Israel “racist” in Florida. A new law imposes a definition of antisemitism on the state’s public schools that classifies advocacy for Palestinian human rights as discrimination against Jews.

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NJ Library Censorship of Toddler Book Event is Unconstitutional

NJ Library Censorship of Toddler Book Event is Unconstitutional

Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the ACLU of New Jersey wrote the Highland Park Public Library today to inform the library that its cancellation of a May 19 event organized by the Central New Jersey chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) violates the First Amendment. The library had put out a statement that the event was cancelled pending a review by the library’s board after community members complained.

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Civil Rights Groups Express Concern Over Florida Governor’s Cabinet Meeting in Israel

Civil Rights Groups Express Concern Over Florida Governor’s Cabinet Meeting in Israel

Palestine Legal joined civil rights and human rights organizations to warn Florida governor Ron DeSantis that his plan to hold a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem violates the law. Florida became the most recent state to pass legislation aimed at silencing advocates for Palestinian rights. In April, the Florida House unanimously passed a bill that would classify criticism of Israeli policies or advocacy for Palestinian human rights as a form of discrimination against Jews in the state’s public schools. DeSantis is expected to sign this bill into law while he is in Israel.

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