Pitzer Votes to Suspend Israel Study Abroad Program, Immediately Vetoed by President

Pitzer Votes to Suspend Israel Study Abroad Program, Immediately Vetoed by President

The Pitzer College Council voted 67-28 Thursday to affirm the suspension of the college’s study abroad program with the University of Haifa in Israel, citing Israel’s discriminatory restrictions on entry to Israel based on race and legitimate political speech. The vote was immediately nullified by Pitzer president Melvin Oliver, which is the first time in the College’s 56-year history the administration has vetoed a decision of College Council.

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Take Action: No Chicago Bar Association conference in Jerusalem

Take Action: No Chicago Bar Association conference in Jerusalem

Palestine Legal joins the National Lawyers Guild – Chicago, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and the Center for Constitutional Rights in urging the Chicago Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Guild, and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois to reconsider the location of a Continuing Legal Education conference in Jerusalem scheduled for the end of March.

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Victory: CUNY Investigation Clears Student Over Email Criticizing Israel

Victory: CUNY Investigation Clears Student Over Email Criticizing Israel

After a nearly three-month investigation CUNY dismissed a complaint seeking to punish a student for comments critical of Israel.

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UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine

UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine

University of California Berkeley (Cal) reinstated a student-led course on Palestine this morning following an outcry over its arbitrary suspension last week. The suspension, taken in apparent response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups, was widely condemned -- by students, professors, and observers -- as a violation of academic freedom, shocking, and unjustifiable.

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Press Release: UC Berkeley Suspends 'Palestine' Course

Press Release: UC Berkeley Suspends 'Palestine' Course

Palestine Legal wrote the University of California Berkeley today to challenge the school’s suspension of a student-led course, Ethnic Studies 198: Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis, after dozens of Israel advocacy groups and Israeli government officials complained. The course’s student-facilitator, Paul Hadweh, a senior Peace and Conflict Studies major, learned from media reports that his class was cancelled a week after the course started.

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Setting the Facts Straight Re UCLA GSA President

Setting the Facts Straight Re UCLA GSA President

After conducting a lengthy investigation, including extensive review of documentation and over 14 witness interviews, the university concluded that the factual record is clear: Chatterjee mishandled the distribution of student activity fees and discriminated against pro-Palestinian viewpoints. 

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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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