Rights Orgs Criticize Hasty Decision in Fordham SJP Case

December 22, 2020, New York — The Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal put out the following statement in response to the New York appellate division's decision today in Awad v. Fordham:
In a hasty decision short on analysis, a New York appellate division court reversed a thorough, well-reasoned ruling by the trial court that Fordham violated its own policies when it refused to recognize a Students for Justice in Palestine club. This is a shameful decision giving Fordham cover to censor students who are calling for Palestinian rights. We plan to seek review by the highest court in New York so that Fordham students can keep organizing for Palestinian rights on campus as SJP, as they have been for the last year and a half. 
At a time when Fordham purports to be 'reckoning' with its institutional racism, and claiming that 'anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion are institutional and mission priorities,' it would do well to start by reversing its decision to ban SJP, which relied on false and unsubstantiated anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic allegations against student groups advocating that human rights should extend to Palestinians, too.

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December 23, 2020