Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Common Dreams:
"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to challenge a Kansas law that requires any company or individual who contracts with the state to sign a statement certifying that they are not actively engaged in boycotting Israel.

'This law is an unconstitutional attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate by coercing people not to express their beliefs, including through participation in a political boycott,' said ACLU attorney Brian Hauss. The law took effect July 1, 2017. 'From the Boston Tea Party to the Montgomery bus boycott to the campaign to divest from businesses operating in apartheid South Africa, political boycotts have been a proud part of this country's constitutional tradition.'

The lawsuit could have sweeping consequences nationally. Kansas' law is similar not only to laws adopted by other states but also to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act that has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate."

-->When it comes to Americans' freedom of speech, the NYT takes the side of the Israel Lobby. It didn't report this story.

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The Guardian UK:
"Over half of all police killings in 2015 were wrongly classified as not having been the result of interactions with officers, a new Harvard study based on Guardian data has found.

The finding is just the latest to show government databases seriously undercounting the number of people killed by police.

'Right now the data quality is bad and unacceptable,' said lead researcher Justin Feldman. 'To effectively address the problem of law enforcement-related deaths, the public needs better data about who is being killed, where, and under what circumstances.' "

-->Are the US Police hiding the number of murders being committed by them? The number of killings could easily be twice what is reported. The NYT wasn't interested in printing this story, and readers had to find it in the UK Guardian. 

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972 Magazine:
"Jewish students feel unsafe on campus? A new study says otherwise. In recent years numerous studies have created the impression that university campuses across the United States are a hotbed of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. These studies describe Jewish student experiences on campus, painting an alarming portrait of a politically unsafe climate for Jewish students who are ill equipped to deal with these challenges. ...

A new study published by Stanford University Graduate School of Education contests these beliefs, arguing not only that campuses are a safe place for Jewish students, but also that students are alienated by the very nature of the debate on anti-Semitism and the Israel-Palestine conflict. This groundbreaking new qualitative study, called 'Safe and on the Sidelines,' is based on a 10-month study of Jewish students on five campuses across California. ...

Contrary to what we often hear about Jewish experience on campus, the report argues that 'students reported feeling comfortable on their campuses, and, more specifically, comfortable as Jews on their campuses.' ... In the study, less than 10 percent of respondents articulated the belief that anti-Israel sentiment is, by definition, anti-Semitism."

-->The NYT often conflates anti Israel sentiment on US campuses with anti-Semitism. Too bad our newspaper of record didn't report this new study.

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