Israel, Palestine, and the First Amendment


Is there an emerging Israel-Palestine exception to the First Amendment? The Constitution?s protection of expressive freedom serves in part to ensure that democratic decision-making is based on informed, rigorous, and inclusive debate ? a function as crucial to the development of foreign policy as to domestic affairs. In this symposium convened by the McGeorge School of Law, we will discuss the constitutionality ? and propriety ? of federal and state legislation prohibiting boycotts of Israel, of efforts by universities to manage the sometimes clamorous debate about Israel-Palestine on their campuses, and of policies and processes adopted by digital platforms to moderate content pertaining to one of the most hotly contested places on the planet. Speakers include:

ASLI U. BALI, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
NADIA BANTEKA, Assistant Professor of Law, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
PETER BEINART, Editor-at-Large, Jewish Currents, & Professor, City University of New York
SUSAN BENESCH, Founder & Director of Dangerous Speech Project, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
OMAR M. DAJANI, Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Global Center for Business & Development, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
MARWA FATAFTA, MENA Policy Manager, Access Now
BRIAN HAUSS, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
LARA FRIEDMAN, President, Foundation for Middle East Peace
ETHAN KATZ, Associate Professor of History & Co-Director of the Anti-Semitism Education Initiative, University of California, Berkeley
DIMA KHALIDI, Founder & Director, Palestine Legal
ZOHA KHALILI, Staff Attorney, Palestine Legal
YEHUDA KURTZER, President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
MAHA NASSAR, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History, University of Arizona
MIRANDA SISSONS, Human Rights Director, Meta (confirming participation presently)
MIRA SUCHAROV, Professor of Political Science, Carleton University & Founding Signatory and Member of Advisory Council for the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism
KENNETH STERN, Director, Bard Center for the Study of Hate
EUGENE VOLOKH, Gary D. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

Date and Location

Friday, November 4, 2022 - 11:15am to 12:00am