Free Speech about Palestine under attack

Not Backing Down

Not Backing Down Event at UMass
Israel supporters attempted to shut down an event supporting Palestinian rights on the basis that fliers for the event made Jewish students"fearful and intimidated". Speakers included musician Roger Waters, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, and professor and former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill.



Who’s behind the free speech crisis on campus?
Dorian Bon (Socialist Worker) reports on the biggest threat to free speech on campus–university administrations–and why we need to oppose restrictions on the right to dissent.


“The State of Israel has decided to take the gloves off and implement a coordinated counteroffensive against anti-Semitism.” Natan Sharansky, Israeli minister, in 2003:

If Americans Knew: International campaign is criminalizing criticism of Israel as ‘antisemitism’.
Alison Weir documents the history and analyzes efforts to establish a basis for the new Israel-centric definitions of antisemitism as including criticisms of Israel that is now being adopted around the world.



Standing up to the Zionist backlash against BDS
Bill Mullen (International Socialist Review) reports on successes of the BDS movement and the challenges faced as its opponents have moved to criminalize BDS, punish individuals who participate in the movement, or smear BDS advocates as “terrorists” and “anti-Semites.”



On Antisemitism Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice
When the State of Israel claims to represent all Jewish people, defenders of Israeli policy redefine antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. Antisemitism is harmful and real in our society. What must also be addressed is how the deployment of false charges of antisemitism or redefining antisemitism can suppress the global progressive fight for justice.



The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US
This book, from Palestine Legal, documents the widespread and growing suppression of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States.