Tags: free speech

Repression of speech and scholarship on Palestine needs to end

More than a thousand academics and lawyers have signed an open letter calling on academic and government institutions around the world to cease subjecting those defending justice for Palestinians to censorship and penalties… A Canadian University rescinded a job offer after an Israel partisan complained… in the U.S. there have been 1,494 incidents… in France students have been jailed…

Alison Weir speaks in Fresno CA to packed house & enthusiastic applause

In preparation for Alison Weir’s informative event on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Fresno CA braced itself for protests that Israel partisans had promised. The ADL, American Jewish Committee, etc had condemned the event. But the evening was peaceful and educational, with a large, full auditorium, extremely receptive audience, and TV news reports on the event. After the almost 2-hour talk, there was a long line of audience members eager to purchase her book…

Weir says ADL claims against her are intended to hide Israeli crimes

As the Anti Defamation League and American Jewish Committee try to shut down activist Alison Weir’s upcoming event at Clovis Community College in Fresno CA on September 18th, she explains what it is the groups are trying to hide.

The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics

Katherine Franke writes in the New York Review of Books that while Palestinian rights are getting more attention than ever, advocates of justice still face accusations of “anti-Semitism,” harassment, and most of all, censorship on college campuses….

Texas: she didn’t sign the “Israel Oath,” so she got fired

A children’s speech pathologist refuses to sign a will-not-boycott-Israel oath: she loses her job, an unknown number of children lose her advocacy. She notes how outlandish it is that she is not required to uphold the interests of the United States, or Texas, or children, but a foreign country.
As The Intercept has repeatedly documented, the most frequent victims of official campus censorship are not conservative polemicists but pro-Palestinian activists, and the greatest and most severe threat posed to free speech throughout the west is aimed at Israel critics.