Free speech for me, not for thee: The real problem with debate on college campuses

Posted on AllSides December 17th, 2019
From The Center

Last week, pro-Palestinian student groups blasted President Trump’s order to withhold federal funding from universities that fail to combat anti-Semitism. If the White House decides that their denunciations of Israel are motivated by bias against Jews, the students warned, their voices will effectively be silenced.

“This poses a basic threat to free speech and academic freedom,” declared Raphael Eissa, a member of the steering committee of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The real purpose of the order, Eissa added, was “to censor student criticism of Israel and Zionism.”

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