Earlier today on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, I squared off against Kenneth Marcus, a pro-Israel activist and lawyer who has pioneered efforts to abuse civil rights law in order to censor Palestine solidarity activism and criticism of Israel on US campuses by claiming that such speech is anti-Semitism.
The Electronic Intifada has followed Marcus’ activities — and the harmful effects the Israel lobby’s efforts to silence and intimidate those who speak out against Israeli policies — have had on college students, faculty members, and free speech rights in California and across the US.
I was joined by several fantastic student Palestine solidarity activists from the University of California system who were included on the panel discussion — Rahim Kurwa and Suleiman Hodali from UC-Los Angeles, and Rebecca Pierce from UC-Santa Cruz.
Marcus’ attempt to paint his efforts and those of the Israel lobby as purely humanitarian endeavors were challenged at every level. And it was pleasing to see the show’s host, Josh Rushing, catching Marcus in a bald-face lie when talking about whether or not Marcus had ever called former president Jimmy Carter “anti-Semitic” and a “neo-Nazi” ostensibly because of Carter’s book on Israel’s apartheid system in Palestine. Watch the show above.