Last November, Airbnb decided to delist some rentals located in illegal settlements in the West Bank, acknowledging that the rental of properties in Israeli settlements enables violations of Palestinian rights. Airbnb’s decision to comply with international law sparked immediate and wide-ranging backlash, including a lawsuit by Israeli settlers and blacklisting by several states around the country. This backlash has created both opportunities and challenges for everyday Americans and those who support Palestinian human rights.Read More
Rather than try to prove its false allegations in court, the Lawfare Project withdrew its claims against San Francisco State in a token settlement on the eve of trial earlier this week.
The Lawfare Project, a right-wing anti-Palestinian organization with an explicit plan to “inflict massive punishments” against critics of Israel, launched its campaign against SF State with a lawsuit in federal court in June 2017. After that lawsuit was dismissed in March 2018, Lawfare filed a second lawsuit in California state court, making similar allegations. Both lawsuits argued that advocacy for Palestinian equality discriminates against Jewish students.Read More
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.Read More
Palestine Legal sends our condolences and love to our Muslim friends and family in the wake of the horrific mosque attacks in New Zealand. We understand that many in our communities are experiencing a variety of feelings - from concern for their own personal safety to anger at the ways in which the media and public continue to uphold white supremacy and Islamophobia in their responses to the massacre.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More