Freedom of speech under attack at the University Of California Berkeley – again

On 17 April, Bazian facilitated an event at UC Berkeley with Haneen Zoabi, a member of Israel’s Knesset. Zionist students are calling for the university to take disciplinary action against Bazian for hosting Zoabi and defending the content of her speech. This latest attack is part of an ongoing series of targeting BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions movement) activists and individuals who continue to do work on Palestine in the US. The group behind the smear campaign at UC Berkeley is Tikvah, a Zionist campus group that has a long history of smearing Bazian and Students for Justice in Palestine. Students for Justice in Palestine launched their own petition to defend Bazian against the mischaracterization, bullying and blatant racism of Tikvah and off-campus Zionist groups in their continued attempts to suppress open discussion and honest academic analysis of Israel’s occupation.

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