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Hussein Ibish

Protect the Right to Speak Against Israel

Advocating boycotts isn’t hate speech. It’s free speech.

Exercising free speech.

Exercising free speech.

Photographer: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Campus fights about free speech and censorship tend to devolve into rage-filled deadlocks pitting “intolerance” against “political correctness,” resolving nothing. One topic, though, has produced a depressing consensus: that it’s acceptable to suppress speech advocating economic protests targeting Israel.

The pro-Palestinian movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions to protest Israeli occupation of the West Bank and control of Gaza is being systematically targeted by campus authorities and also by state governments and even Congress.