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.Read More
Last November, Airbnb decided to delist some rentals located in illegal settlements in the West Bank, acknowledging that the rental of properties in Israeli settlements enables violations of Palestinian rights. Airbnb’s decision to comply with international law sparked immediate and wide-ranging backlash, including a lawsuit by Israeli settlers and blacklisting by several states around the country. This backlash has created both opportunities and challenges for everyday Americans and those who support Palestinian human rights.Read More
The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy article on the Palestine solidarity movement and its impact on national politics. Palestine Legal was featured in the context of backlash against rights activists and anti-BDS legislation.
The fact that 25 states now have legislation targeting advocacy for Palestinian rights indicates the level to which private anti-Palestinian forces are influencing our public institutions to intimidate and punish advocacy for Palestinian rights.Read More