Court Hears New Oral Arguments in Fordham SJP Case

Court Hears New Oral Arguments in Fordham SJP Case

Today, attorneys asked a New York State Supreme Court judge to allow a new student petitioner, sophomore Veer Shetty, to join a lawsuit against Fordham University over the school’s refusal to allow a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club on campus. Fordham opposed Veer joining the lawsuit and has barred students from forming an SJP since the club was approved by the student government in 2016. The original four petitioners who brought the lawsuit in April 2017 have graduated or will graduate in ten days. Judge Nancy Bannon indicated that parties should expect a decision next week.

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New student joins the case to reinstate SJP at Fordham

New student joins the case to reinstate SJP at Fordham

“It's unbelievable Fordham won't let us organize,” said Veer Shetty. “Just existing on campus as people who support Palestine is now a form of resistance. We have to overcome this administrative obstacle to be sure we can focus our energy on addressing the actual issue - Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians.”

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Dima Khalidi and Ahmad Awad Interview with Democracy Now!

Dima Khalidi and Ahmad Awad Interview with Democracy Now!

Director Dima Khalidi and lead petitioner in the Fordham lawsuit Ahmad Awad were interviewed by Democracy Now! on January 4, 2018. 

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Manhattan Court Hears Case on Fordham’s Justice for Palestine Club Ban

Manhattan Court Hears Case on Fordham’s Justice for Palestine Club Ban

On Wednesday, Fordham students denied permission by their university to start a Students for Justice in Palestine club argued their case before a Manhattan judge.

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Court Hearing for Fordham SJP Lawsuit Scheduled in Early January

Court Hearing for Fordham SJP Lawsuit Scheduled in Early January

Activists asked supporters to join the Fordham students in court as they fight for their right to organize as an SJP club on campus. The hearing in the case will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern at the Manhattan Civil Courthouse (111 Center Street, Rm 1127B, New York, NY).

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Fordham Students Seek Injunction Against University Over Justice for Palestine Club Ban

Fordham Students Seek Injunction Against University Over Justice for Palestine Club Ban

Students demand urgent relief to be able to advocate for Palestinian rights on campus

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Students Oppose Fordham's Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit over Justice for Palestine Club Ban

Students Oppose Fordham's Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit over Justice for Palestine Club Ban

July 10, 2017, New York, NY – Friday, students at Fordham University filed their opposition to the school’s motion to dismiss their lawsuit over its refusal to grant club status to Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The students, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine, first filed suit in April, arguing that Fordham’s denial was “viewpoint discrimination” in violation of university policies regarding free expression. Advocates say Fordham’s decision to fight the lawsuit rather than correct course suggests it is entrenched in its censorship of Palestine advocacy on campus.

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