Fordham Students Sue over Free Speech Rights to Establish Students for Justice in Palestine Group

January 4, 2018

In a case that highlights what some are calling the “Palestine exception” to free speech on college campuses across the nation, DemocracyNow! looks at students who are suing Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York for their right to start a Students for Justice in Palestine group. The student government approved the group unanimously, but the dean of students overruled the approval, saying the group would “stir up controversy” and be “polarizing.” On Wednesday, the students asked a judge to reinstate the student government’s approval. DemocracyNow! spoke with Ahmad Awad, who has graduated from Fordham University and is the lead petitioner, now a law student at Rutgers University, and Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal.

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January 5, 2018