Palestine Legal comments on California’s ethnic studies model curriculum

Palestine Legal comments on California’s ethnic studies model curriculum

We wrote in response to an organized campaign against the curriculum because of its inclusion of the movement for Palestinian freedom alongside other contemporary struggles for civil rights and equality. 

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Israel's ban on Tlaib and Omar exposes larger attacks on advocates for Palestinian rights

Israel's ban on Tlaib and Omar exposes larger attacks on advocates for Palestinian rights

The attack on Omar and Tlaib puts a spotlight on efforts to suppress advocacy for Palestinian rights, which have impacted thousands of activists around the country. While this story holds our national attention, we must continue to fight to ensure that human rights defenders can raise their voices for marginalized people in Palestine and around the world.

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Success: UIC Reverses Ban on Palestine Event

Success: UIC Reverses Ban on Palestine Event

A community group in Rockford, Ill., that had been blocked from renting space for an event featuring Israeli-American activist and author Miko Peled successfully held their event on Saturday after Palestine Legal intervened.

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Fordham University Students Win Landmark Fight to Establish Palestine Club

Fordham University Students Win Landmark Fight to Establish Palestine Club

Five Fordham University students have won a landmark legal victory against Fordham University, which sought to prohibit them from forming a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club at their university. The students, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine, argued that Fordham University violated its own rules when, in 2016, it vetoed the United Student Government’s approval of SJP, preventing the students from forming the SJP club.

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Success: Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Texas Anti-BDS Law To Proceed

Success: Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Texas Anti-BDS Law To Proceed

On the same day that the House passed a resolution condemning the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights, a federal district court threw a wrench in efforts by the state of Texas to evade judicial review of a law that punishes boycott advocates. Judge Robert Pitman, who blocked enforcement of the law, H.B. 89 in a stunning decision last April, has now ruled that Texas can’t thwart a First Amendment challenge to the law by simply amending it.

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Palestine Legal Statement on House Anti-Boycott Resolution

Palestine Legal Statement on House Anti-Boycott Resolution

In a period when Israel continues to show disregard for Palestinian human rights by demolishing homes in Jerusalem and the Trump administration stokes hatred against immigrants, progressives, and congressional advocates for Palestine, it is troubling that the Democrat-led House would align itself with a rightwing condemnation of a grassroots human rights movement. Fortunately, this is a nonbinding resolution that has no legal impact on our right to boycott for justice.

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Judge Rules Pro-Israel Students Cannot Anonymously Sue UMass Amherst Over Palestine Event

 Judge Rules Pro-Israel Students Cannot Anonymously Sue UMass Amherst Over Palestine Event

You may not be aware, but the lawsuit against the University of Massachusetts Amherst over its May event “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights,” is still in play – sort of.  While the court allowed the event to take place, the anonymous plaintiffs did not drop the lawsuit, and the question of whether UMass Amherst violated Massachusetts discrimination laws and breached its contract with the anonymous pro-Israeli students is still before the court. But that lawsuit is now in limbo.

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