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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Attack on Free Speech in U.S. Senate

Attack on Free Speech in U.S. Senate

December 1, 2016 - The US Senate will today consider a bill aiming to impose a broad redefinition of antisemitism on the Department of Education (DOE). While purporting to address rising antisemitism on college campuses, the bill clearly takes aim at student advocacy for Palestinian rights, and criticism of Israel.

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“Real Talk” on Palestine at Bard College: Marcus Avoids “Difficult Questions”

“Real Talk” on Palestine at Bard College: Marcus Avoids “Difficult Questions”

Last Friday, Palestine Legal Director, Dima Khalidi, spoke at a conference at Bard College, “Real Talk: Difficult Questions about Race, Sex and Religion.” The conference looked at recent controversies on campuses, with speakers presenting opposing viewpoints. 

Khalidi was invited to speak to the difficult climate for Palestine activists on campus, while Kenneth Marcus, head of the Brandeis Center and architect of the use of Title VI complaints alleging that Palestine activism creates an antisemitic climate for Jewish students, was invited to discuss antisemitism on campus.

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Liz Jackson Video Segment in Newsweek

Liz Jackson Video Segment in Newsweek

In this video segment, Staff Attorney Liz Jackson discusses the suspension and subsequent reinstatement of a student-led class on Palestine at UC Berkeley. The video was published in Newsweek on October 6, 2016 with the article excerpted below. To view the video and full article at Newsweek.com, click here.

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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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Dima Khalidi Interview with the Real News Network

Dima Khalidi Interview with the Real News Network

Dima Khalidi was interviewed by the Real News Network on September 26, 2016. To view the video at therealnews.com, click here or on the image below.

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Press Release: Independent investigation clears CUNY Students for Justice in Palestine

Press Release: Independent investigation clears CUNY Students for Justice in Palestine

After a six-month investigation, an independent task force concluded that alleged instances of anti-Semitism on CUNY's campuses were not attributable to Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The 24-page report emphasized that student conduct supporting Palestinian rights such as die-ins, mock checkpoints and banners is constitutionally-protected speech. 

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