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.

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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.

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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.

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Success! NJ Library Reinstates Palestine Children's Book Event

Success! NJ Library Reinstates Palestine Children's Book Event

The Highland Park Public Library announced late Tuesday that it would allow a book event organized by Jewish Voice for Peace-Central New Jersey (JVP) to go forward after the Library cancelled the event because of racist, Islamophobic complaints. Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights and ACLU-NJ wrote the library board of trustees on May 29, warning that the cancellation violated the First Amendment and Article I, Paragraph 6 of the New Jersey Constitution, by which public libraries in New Jersey are bound.

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NJ Library Censorship of Toddler Book Event is Unconstitutional

NJ Library Censorship of Toddler Book Event is Unconstitutional

Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the ACLU of New Jersey wrote the Highland Park Public Library today to inform the library that its cancellation of a May 19 event organized by the Central New Jersey chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) violates the First Amendment. The library had put out a statement that the event was cancelled pending a review by the library’s board after community members complained.

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New Jersey Announces Divestment From Danish Bank

New Jersey Announces Divestment From Danish Bank

The move perplexed Danske Bank officials who claim the bank is not engaged in a boycott of Israel.

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