Sunday, June 10, 2018

No free speech for Palestinians

Or those that support them. Continuing this post, here's what The Intercept reports on the issue.

"Politicians around the country are seizing upon highly publicized episodes of conservatives faced with harassment and heckling on college campuses by responding with a wave of legislation supposedly aimed at preserving free speech rights for campus speakers. But that commitment, while draped in the mantle of a principled defense of the First Amendment, does not always extend to speakers who criticize Israel and its policies."

"Lawmakers around the country are demanding free speech with one hand, and passing laws that punish boycotts of Israel with the other. [...] BDS refers to the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement that advocates for economic pressure to force Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories. [...] Twenty-four states have now passed legislation designed to penalize or prohibit BDS activity.

"In Congress, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have sponsored a series of resolutions and hearings to highlight the threat to free speech on college campuses, while many of the same members have sponsored efforts go even further than state-level anti-BDS laws, pushing to impose criminal and civil penalties on organizations that engage in BDS activism."

"Not every politician who champions free speech is a hypocrite. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren attended the October Senate hearing on campus free speech and condemned both censorship and violence as a response to controversial speakers. But she also told a town hall last year that she opposes anti-BDS legislation, arguing that it infringes on free speech."

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