Trump's campus speech order squelches 'free and open debate'

Trump's campus speech order squelches 'free and open debate'

At Palestine Legal, we are all too familiar with the suppression of free speech on campus. Advocacy on behalf of students and scholars who have been silenced because of their support for Palestinian rights makes up the vast majority of our caseload. We have seen universities cancel classes, censor speakers, and ban student groups because they disagreed with their views. Because we experience every day the importance of free speech protections to safeguard dissenting views, we are deeply concerned by Trump’s new order.

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Palestine Legal Media: Censorship at the University of Michigan

Palestine Legal Media: Censorship at the University of Michigan

Palestine Legal senior staff attorney Radhika Sainath was quoted in several articles about  the right to boycott at the University of Michigan, where a tenured professor has been sanctioned for declining to write a letter of recommendation for a study abroad program in Israel.

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Palestine Legal Receives Academic Freedom Award

Palestine Legal Receives Academic Freedom Award

"We are proud to defend the right to dissent that is so essential to academia and our free society," said Director Dima Khalidi. 

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Myths and Facts from Today’s Congressional Hearing on Campus Anti-Semitism

Myths and Facts from Today’s Congressional Hearing on Campus Anti-Semitism

The hearing featured testimony from several Israel advocacy organizations that relied on factually inaccurate stories to support their efforts to impose a widely criticized definition of antisemitism on college campuses.

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What was behind the suspension of a UC Berkeley course on Palestine?

What was behind the suspension of a UC Berkeley course on Palestine?

 A look at the AMCHA Initiative.

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UC Berkeley Censors Course on Palestine and Settler Colonialism

UC Berkeley Censors Course on Palestine and Settler Colonialism

UC Berkeley’s move to suspend a student-led course entitled “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis” is a flagrant violation of academic freedom. The suspension raises serious concern that the university places the interests of outside political groups above its duty to provide equal educational opportunity to all students.

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2016 Mid-Year Report

2016 Mid-Year Report

Palestine Legal responded to 171 incidents of suppression of Palestine advocacy from 19 states in the first six months of 2016 alone, a 22 percent increase* from the same period in 2015. The incidents predominantly targeted students and scholars across the country, and included a variety of punitive measures such as administrative sanctions, censorship, intrusive investigations and other forms of discriminatory treatment targeting speech in favor of Palestinian rights.

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