Media Roundup: NJ Faces Backlash Over Antisemitism Redefinition Bill

Media Roundup: NJ Faces Backlash Over Antisemitism Redefinition Bill

On June 24 legislators in New Jersey introduced a bill that would direct public schools and universities to use a widely contested redefinition of antisemitism in assessing alleged violations of the state’s anti-discrimination law. In the past couple of weeks, Palestine Legal has been quoted in a number of recent articles about the New Jersey bill.

Read More

Dima Khalidi in the New Jersey Star-Ledger

Dima Khalidi in the New Jersey Star-Ledger

In June, New Jersey legislators introduced a bill that would direct public schools and universities to use a widely contested redefinition of antisemitism in assessing alleged violations of the state’s anti-discrimination law. Director Dima Khalidi wrote a guest op-ed for the New Jersey Star Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper.

Read More

Proposed New Jersey Law Aims To Censor Speech In Support Of Palestinian Rights

Proposed New Jersey Law Aims To Censor Speech In Support Of Palestinian Rights

A coalition of 13 civil rights and human rights groups just warned New Jersey legislators that a proposed bill to define criticism of Israel as antisemitic will lead to First Amendment violations. Palestine Legal sent a letter to state lawmakers on Monday joined by 12 organizations, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Read More

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.”

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.”

Read More