BOSTON — A panel discussion about Palestinian rights at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be allowed to move ahead following a challenge by a group of Jewish students at the school.
A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled against the students who argued the forum was anti-Semitic and should be forced off campus.
The panel, titled “Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the Battle for Palestinian Human Rights,” is scheduled for Saturday and features Roger Waters, a member of the band Pink Floyd.
Waters is a staunch supporter of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement that targets Israel and which some have described as anti-Semitic.
The panelists are expected to argue pro-Israel groups have tried to silence Palestinian points of view.
Judge Robert Ullmann said he couldn’t take action against the forum just because someone may say something “that fits someone’s definition of anti-Semitism.”
University officials say UMass is “committed to the principles of free speech and academic freedom.”
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