Israel supporters try to shut down UMass forum about efforts by Israel supporters to shut down debate

Israel supporters try to shut down UMass forum about efforts by Israel supporters to shut down debate

Activism

 on April 23, 2019

“On May 4, activists are staging a star-studded event at UMass Amherst about their refusal to bow to intimidation tactics and shut up about Palestinian human rights. Titled “Not Backing Down,” the forum will feature Roger Waters, Linda Sarsour, Dave Zirin and Marc Lamont Hill.

Sponsors had hoped to bring Hanan Ashrawi from Palestine. But she did not receive a visa over several weeks during which the event was organized. “I think this is something new from the Trump administration,” Professor Sut Jhally said of the delay on Ashrawi’s application. He linked it to the denial of entry to Omar Barghouti last week and said that Trump is “doing the bidding of the Israeli government.”

“The venue of a flagship state school is important. The pushback has been intense, Jhally says, because Israel supporters fear that the Palestinian solidarity movement is “being given legitimacy in their minds by the fact that [the event] is taking place at a large public institution.”

 

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