Monday, March 2, 2020

Will Bard students face punishment over protest of racist speakers?

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:34

Bard College could punish two students for protesting anti-Palestinian speakers.

Bard College in New York has engaged in a months-long investigation into two of its students who protested an October panel discussion that featured anti-Palestinian speakers.
During the protest, members of Students for Justice in Palestine silently held signs emblazoned with quotes from one of the panelists, right-wing Harvard professor Ruth Wisse, such as “Palestinian Arabs are people who breed and bleed and advertise their misery.”

The two members of SJP under investigation, Ben Mulick and Akiva Hirsch, are the only ones who spoke to the media after the protest – according to civil rights group Palestine Legal – and are the only ones being investigated for alleged violations of Bard’s free speech policy and its harassment, discrimination and stalking policy.

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