Friday, August 30, 2013

Florida University Punishes Student Protesters, Violates Free Speech Rights

Free Speech Violations and Re-Education Programs at Florida University


In April, five students from Florida Atlantic University's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter staged a protest and silent walkout during a speaking event featuring an Israeli soldier to highlight his involvement in Operation Cast Lead, the weeks-long assault on the Gaza Strip beginning in December 2012 which resulted in the death of more than 1,400 Palestinians, 13 Israelis, and was condemned universally by human rights groups.

The students were then investigated by the school for their conduct. And while none of them accepted the validity of the charges brought against them, they signed, quote, sanction agreements with the university in order to avoid further punishment and are required to take a reeducation program sponsored by the pro-Israeli Anti-Defamation League. 

Intimidation of Palestine solidarity activists increasing on US college campuses.

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