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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Liz Jackson in the Tampa Bay Times

Liz Jackson in the Tampa Bay Times

Florida governor Ron DeSantis plans to sign a bill that will treat criticism of Israel as discrimination against Jewish people. Senior Staff Attorney Liz Jackson writes in the Tampa Bay Times that the right to criticize Israel is a free speech issue.

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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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Dima Khalidi in the Washington Post, Politico and Inside Higher Ed

Dima Khalidi in the Washington Post, Politico and Inside Higher Ed

“Marcus is sending a clear signal that attacking free speech for Palestinian rights is at the top of his agenda.”

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Rahul Saksena in the New York Times

Rahul Saksena in the New York Times

“This is exactly what we feared would happen.”

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Department of Education Redefines Antisemitism With No Public Notice

Department of Education Redefines Antisemitism With No Public Notice

Without public notice, Trump’s Department of Education adopts controversial redefinition of antisemitism, a major policy decision with corrosive effects on campus free speech.

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South Carolina Moves to Censor Palestine Advocacy at Public Colleges and Universities (Updated)

South Carolina Moves to Censor Palestine Advocacy at Public Colleges and Universities (Updated)

On July 6, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the budget bill into law, including a provision requiring public colleges and universities to consider a widely discredited re-definition of antisemitism in investigating accusations of discrimination.

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