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The Targeting of Palestine Activism in the United States: Suppression of American Constitutional Rights
The last few years have seen a significant increase in activism and support for Palestinian rights in the United States. But as support grew, so did the efforts and attempts to crack down on Palestine activism and silence advocate for change to US policy toward Palestine/Israel. A variety of suppression tactics have been used and recently intensified in order to pressure groups and individuals who support Palestinian rights and criticize Israeli policies against the Palestinians. These tactics include censorship of speech in support of Palestine, disciplinary investigations and dismissals, false accusations of anti-Semitism and terrorism, intimidation and smear campaigns, discrimination, media and social media bias and censorship, legal threats and administrative sanctions, and legislation criminalizing support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and punishing advocacy for Palestinian rights at the local, state, and federal levels. Arab Center Washington DC is hosting this panel of experts to discuss efforts to suppress and criminalize the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States and the implications of those measures for constitutional rights, the US political landscape, and the movements for justice in the United States.

Speakers:

Brian Hauss
Staff Attorney with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union

Maria LaHood
Deputy Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Yousef Munayyer
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Meera Shah
Senior Staff Attorney, Palestine Legal

Tamara Kharroub – Moderator
Deputy Executive Director and Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

May 26, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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