Rights and Accountability

US academic and cultural BDS campaign condemns convictions of Irvine 11

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) joins a growing coalition of civil rights and advocacy organizations in condemning the recent convictions of the Irvine 11, and say they are “concerned about the future of free speech within the UC system.” 

Nationwide condemnation of Irvine 11 convictions by student and activist groups

More than 30 nationwide chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine, along with interfaith activist communities, decry the convictions of the Irvine 11 while pledging to stand in firm solidarity with the students — and protesters everywhere who stand up against Israeli policies. 

Irvine students found guilty for protesting Israel ambassador await sentencing

Ten University of California students were today found guilty of on charges of “conspiracy” and “disrupting” a public meeting for a February 2010 protest against Israeli ambassdor Michael Oren. The Irvine 11 case (there were originally 11 defendants) became a test of the limits of freedom of speech. The Electronic Intifada’s Nora Barrows-Friedman has been in court for much of the trial and providing full coverage. 

From the court: Defense begins closing arguments in Irvine 11 trial

The prosecution claims that the Irvine 11 students unlawfully conspired to “censor” Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, while the defense argues that the students were in their full constitutional rights to exercise free speech. 


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