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Stifling of free speech on campus
Sondra Hale & Bekah Wolf, The Hill's Congress Blog

Stifling of free speech on campus

Can federal funding programs stifle open discussion of Israel on university campuses? No, not under the First Amendment or basic principles of academic freedom. Recently, Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and the funding of Middle East Studies Programs in particular, has come under attack. Unfortunately, those seeking to suppress speech on university campuses are relying on a misrepresentation of the facts as well as the law to do so.

about 2 days ago
Odeh’s guilty verdict doesn’t mean her battle for justice is over
Dima Khalidi, The Hill

Odeh’s guilty verdict doesn’t mean her battle for justice is over

Rasmea Odeh’s trial was surreal – and not just because I grew up knowing her and her story and was jarred seeing her in the defendant’s chair. The attorney representing the U.S. government essentially did Israel’s bidding, painting a Palestinian woman who embodies the Palestinian history of dispossession, struggle and resilience as “dangerous and threatening.” And the judge allowed it.

about 1 week ago
Blowback: Academic boycott of Israel gives voice to peaceful protest
Lisa Duggan, Los Angeles Times

Blowback: Academic boycott of Israel gives voice to peaceful protest

This past weekend, American Studies Assn. members held our annual conference in Los Angeles, with the theme "The Fun and the Fury." Those familiar with the ASA mainly because of news about our year-old academic boycott of Israel might be surprised by our sessions ranging from "Vanguardist Jazz in the Seventies" to "Selfie Nation" -- all engaging topics that are intrinsic to the field of American studies.

about 1 week ago
Why are Jerusalem’s 300,000 Arabs rising up again?
Rashid I. Khalidi, Reuters

Why are Jerusalem’s 300,000 Arabs rising up again?

Once again, widespread popular unrest has broken out in Jerusalem. Since July, there have been clashes between young Arabs and Israeli security forces using tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and truncheons. Why are the Arab residents of Jerusalem taking to the streets?

about 1 week ago
A decade after Arafat’s death, Palestinians reflect on the leadership that followed him
Vice News

A decade after Arafat’s death, Palestinians reflect on the leadership that followed him

When Yasser Arafat died, 10 years ago today, he was the president of the Palestinian Authority, an institution that had already existed for five years longer than intended — and that still exists today. While hardly the legacy with which he is most readily identified, the PA is perhaps the product of Arafat's leadership that has the most ongoing impact on the lives of Palestinians today.

about 2 weeks ago
The one-state reality
The New Yorker

The one-state reality

Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, the new President of Israel, is ardently opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is instead a proponent of Greater Israel, one Jewish state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. He professes to be mystified that anyone should object to the continued construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinian homes as targets
Salil Shetty, Al Jazeera

Palestinian homes as targets

Nearly three months have passed since the latest conflict came to an end, but the piles of rubble and empty shells of family homes in Gaza serve as painful reminders of the death and destruction that resulted from Israel's latest military operation there in July and August.

about 2 weeks ago
Bill Maher, UC Berkeley and free speech
Viveka Jagadeesan, The Hill

Bill Maher, UC Berkeley and free speech

UC Berkeley’s recent decision to honor Bill Maher as a commencement speaker has drawn protest from thousands of students who say Maher’s comments about Muslims and jokes about beating women are racist and misogynistic. In response, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has defended the university’s invitation, citing Maher’s free speech rights. Others, including Daniel Maelin an article in the Hill last week, accused Berkeley students of hypocrisy, suggesting that the “same students [who] often advocate hate speech,” especially anti-Semitism, are “skilled at using political correctness to silence voices they disagree with.”

about 2 weeks ago
What I saw in Gaza
Al-Jazeera

What I saw in Gaza

Last week, I visited the Palestinian territories. I wanted to hear firsthand from the people of Gaza and understand the scope and magnitude of the recent conflict. I am now back from Gaza with a prevailing feeling of disbelief and sadness.

about 2 weeks ago