Alan Dershowitz to sue UC Berkeley if pro-Israel speakers barred

Former Harvard Law School Professor promises to sue UC Berkeley if school doesn't drop policy banning 'high visibility' speakers.

Tzvi Lev,

Professor Alan Dershowitz
Professor Alan Dershowitz
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Alan Dershowitz, a famed defense attorney and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, says that he will sue the University of California at Berkeley it doesn't change its policies regarding "high visibility" speakers, which he claims discriminates against pro-Israel speakers such as himself.

"If you are high visibility, you have to give eight weeks [notice before being allowed to speak]," Dershowitz told Fox News. "But if a department at the university invites anti-Israel speakers, they don't have to go through an eight-week waiting period."

Dershowitz, who has been invited to speak at the University, says that he will take legal action if the rules discriminating against pro-Israel speakers are not changed. "We have an eight-week barrier, whereas anti-Israel speakers don't have an eight-week barrier," charged Dershowitz. "I'm going to sue Berkeley if they don't allow me to speak. They make me wait eight weeks and allow anti-Israel speakers to come in three or four days, that is a lawsuit."

Dershowitz contends that Berkeley is bound by the First Amendment enshrining free speech, as it accepts government funding. "They can't impose one rule on pro-Israel speakers and one rule on anti-Israel speakers; one rule on conservatives and one on liberals," he said.

"Would they actually turn down President [Donald] Trump if he said I want to speak there in a week?" he asked. "I don't think so. They have to have a single standard and we're going to hold them in it. If they don't abide by it we're going to take them to court."

Berkeley has become a hotbed of violent student opposition towards any speaker who disagrees with them. The University was forced to cancel firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos's speech in February after students rioted, burning cars, smashing windows, and causing over $100,000 worth of damage to the campus.

In early September, the school paid more than $600,000 to ensure that conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro was allowed to speak after radical 'Antifa' anarchists promised violence.


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