California, Berkeley university law school student orgs pledge to boycott Zionist, pro-Israel speakers
Student organizations at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law are facing backlash from their own dean after adopting a statement that pledges to not invite any Zionist or pro-Israel speaker to give lectures.
Law Students for Justice in Palestine at Berkeley Law made an Aug. 21 post on Instagram stating that nine other student organizations have adopted a “pro-Palestine bylaw” that states they “will not” invite speakers who support Zionism or “the apartheid state of Israel.”
“In the interest of protecting the safety and welfare of Palestinian students on campus, [insert organization name] will not invite speakers that have expressed and continued to hold views or host/sponsor/promote events in support of Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel, and the occupation of Palestine,” the bylaw states.
Law Students for Justice in Palestine at Berkeley Law said that nine student organizations have adopted the statement, which boycotts Zionist speakers from being invited, including the Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, Womxn of Color Collective, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Queer Caucus, Community Defense Project, Women of Berkeley Law, and Law Students of African Descent.
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