As students head back to school (in person?!), we wanted share the top reasons why students might want to reach out to Palestine Legal this year.
You and your activism for Palestinian rights are being silenced, and you want to challenge it, or confidentially share your story with us.
You want to know your rights around safely and confidently protesting Israel propaganda events, putting up a mock apartheid wall, organizing a divestment campaign, or holding an event on campus.
You are being pressured to cancel or alter an event, not because of safety, but because your speaker is “controversial” or “biased” due to complaints from pro-Israel students or off-campus groups.
You have been bullied, censored, or received threats to your safety on social media because of Palestine-related posts, or you want to prep new members of your Students for Justice in Palestine club on harm-reduction strategies.
You are falsely accused of supporting terrorism, being antisemitic, or creating a “hostile environment” because of your support for Palestinian rights, or pro-Israel groups are trying to change campus rules to portray your activism as harmful.
Your university is investigating you or your student
group for your Palestine organizing.
Your university is treating you or your student group differently from other students or groups in a way that feels discriminatory.
Your university is making it dffcult for your club to
get a Palestine-related event approved, reserve a
room, or get funding.
The FBI or police have contacted you for questioning
or to meet for a “friendly chat.”
You are worried about how the law might interfere
with your activism, and you want to discuss your concerns with someone so that you can continue to boldly stand with Palestine.

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30 Jul
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:…
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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.…
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Congrats @NerdeenKiswani @CUNYLawSJP @cunyjlsa & your allies in this struggle.…
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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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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.
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Write to (for English speakers) or (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
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- 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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