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General News    H3'ed 10/17/19

Revealed: rightwing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses

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Rightwing activists are attempting to spread new laws across Republican-controlled states that would ban criticism on public university campuses of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territory. First amendment advocates see the potential spread of such laws as a major threat to free speech on campuses. Among the activities that would be prohibited by the new laws are human rights investigations focusing specifically on Israel. Also banned would be any speech “demonizing Israel by … blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions” or “delegitimizing Israel by … questioning Israel’s right to exist.”
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