A Must-Read Thread: Palestine advocates in the US faced severe and intensifying backlash from Israel and its allies this spring for speaking out for justice.

Palestine Legal just published a deep dive into six major trends in activism and backlash:
Statements supporting Palestinian rights and freedom came under fire in universities—in some cases just months after people were praised for issuing similar statements of support for Black and Asian lives and against domestic state violence and racism.
Some complaints about messages of support for Palestinian freedom focused on getting workers or students fired from their jobs or expelled from school.

Most of these efforts failed, but still harmed those impacted and cast a broader chilling effect.
Doctors, medical students & workers all faced attacks for Palestine advocacy, including pressure not to speak out, the removal of a piece on Palestinian health from the @sciam magazine, and a campaign to remove a Palestinian doctor from her hospital post.
Palestinian students wishing to honor and celebrate their heritage were censored, threatened, or otherwise targeted by their administrations at both high school and college graduation ceremonies including at @StJohnsU and @UDelaware.
Widespread media reports of a rise in antisemitism relied on often false, misleading, decontextualized, & distorted information. These false narratives distracted from racist, military & colonial violence against Palestinians, including in the US. (Cont'd)
Narratives about a rise in antisemitism were largely based on data from Israel advocacy groups, whose methodology has been called out as politically biased in a @JewishCurrents exposé and by other civil rights groups. (2/2)
The pro-Israel narrative is losing support in many sectors in society. Labor unions, tech workers and celebrities have taken action in support of Palestinian freedom. And a recent survey found that 25% of Jews in the US regard Israel as an apartheid state.
Contact us if you would like to cover these issues, request legal and advocacy assistance, or simply to report incidents of suppression, as we continue to track these trends. palestinelegal.org/contact

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15 Jul
This is believed to be the first statement from a US-based university condemning censorship campaigns against students supporting Palestinian rights and anti-Palestinian hate.

Congrats @NerdeenKiswani @CUNYLawSJP @cunyjlsa & your allies in this struggle.
On June 30, after months of student organizing, CUNY Law issued a statement in support of rising 3L @NerdeenKiswani, who has faced a barrage of anti-Palestinian hate over the past 9 months in response to her years-long activism supporting Palestinian freedom.
The statement, issued by Interim Dean of the Law School Eduardo R.C. Capulong states, “the Law School supports the free speech rights of @NerdeenKiswani, other Palestinian students, and their Jewish and non-Jewish allies, who have been vilified for their activism.”
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As heart wrenching as it is to witness the attacks on Palestinians this week, it hurts even more as U.S. taxpayers to know our own complicity in the Israeli government's brutality. Join us in demanding change secure.everyaction.com/1bUDFJrq_kWz5s…
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Palestinians from Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah are rising up against decades of ethnic cleansing and apartheid. As Israel violently attacks Palestinians for resisting 73 years of oppression, the cruelty of its settler-colonial regime is on full display. Image
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12 May
Middlebury students were attacked for speaking out against Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing—like what’s happening in #SaveSheikhJarrah and #DefendGaza.

@Middlebury refused to protect students from racist attacks, and we call on them to do so today.
After Students for Justice in Palestine launched a campaign to end Israeli apartheid, the group’s posters were vandalized, its Palestinian co-president received threats, and @Middlebury pressured SJP's Jewish co-president to delete language critical of Zionism from their website.
Instead of protecting its students, Middlebury issued a muddled statement associating advocacy for Palestinian equality with antisemitism.

@Middlebury has since refused to make a public statement condemning anti-Palestinian racism and recognizing SJP’s right to exist.
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Hundreds of users are reporting @instagram deleted their posts to #SaveSheikhJarrah, where Israeli settlers and soldiers have been terrorizing Palestinians resisting imminent home theft and expulsion.

Are you one of these users? Help us document it. Instructions below. (1/5) Image
Write to fbweneedtotalk@protonmail.com (for English speakers) or report@7amleh.org (for Arabic speakers).

Our international coalition of organizations will compile all of your examples to send to Instagram so that they stop silencing Palestinians and their allies. (2/5)
- Your IG account handle or URL
- A description of the incident (post or story deletion, account suspension, etc.)
- A screenshot of the community standards violation message or account suspension message
- A screenshot or description of the content that IG deleted (3/5)
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