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Safe Spaces on Campus

How they portray Israel: Students on college campuses throughout the country are entitled to safe spaces, where they can be protected from micro-aggressions and ideas they find offensive. Israel is one such offensive idea, since it represents the subjugation and humiliation of Palestinians. The administration should therefore restrict activities that present views in support of Israel.

The truth: The selective censorship of activities supportive of Israel, amidst silence in the face of activities demonizing Israel or Jews in general, is antisemitic. The First Amendment protects a right to free expression, not a right to feel safe from ideas one might consider offensive. And if students have any right to feel safe from being offended, certainly Jewish students have at least an equal right to feel safe from antisemitism, safe from bullying, and safe to express or listen to ideas supportive of their nation state.

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