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The Trump administration is investigating UCLA over a pro-Palestine event and lecture

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The Department of Education is investigating another university over pro-Palestine events. The move comes just one month after President Trump signed an executive order that effectively allows the government to crack down on pro-Palestine campus organizing.

In November 2018, the  National Students for Justice in Palestine conference was held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). That event prompted a federal complaint from a right-wing, pro-Israel group called the Zachor Legal Institute. That organization has consistently filed legal complaints aimed at stifling the BDS movement. The Office for Civil Rights has reportedly opened the complaint and are launching an investigation.

Apparently, they are also initiating an investigation over an October 2019 complaint from the right-wing group StandWithUs. The complaint was filed in response to a guest lecture by San Francisco State University Professor Rabab Abdulhadi on the subject of Islamophobia. According to the complaint, Abdulhadi’s refusal to back Israel made a student cry. UCLA carried out their own investigation after the incident and found there was no wrongdoing.

Last year, the Education Department investigated a pro-Palestine conference organized by the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies after a Republican lawmaker called for action. In September the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education Robert King published a letter detailing the department’s conclusions. The letter threatens to cut the programs federal funding unless it revises its curriculum to “benefit of U.S. national security and economic stability.”

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James Canning
James Canning

Robert King asserts that US national security and economic stability benefit from Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians? What rubbish, in support of his effort to suppress free speech in the US to benefit Israel.

Misterioso
Misterioso

How disgusting that as ordered by “President” Trump (bowing to his pay master, Sheldon Adelson and his ilk), this gutless Republican government official and others like her choose to ignore the American Constitution and grovel before “Israel,” a well documented illegal, brutal occupier and ethnic cleanser of the native Palestinians.… Read more »