By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Alan Dershowitz is a Professor of Law at Harvard University and self-identifies as a liberal. But he also believes in Israel’s right to exist and that the First Amendment applies to all Americans, not just the Left. A pro-Israel student group invited him to speak, but Berkeley, a publicly funded State University is throwing up roadblocks.
During an interview with Fox and Friends Thursday morning, Dershowitz revealed the university allows pro-Palestinian speakers to come on campus essentially whenever they like, but require an eight week waiting period before pro-Israel speakers are allowed to participate in events. Further, Berkeley administrators have said he cannot speak there because he is a “high visibility person.”
Now, he’s threatening to sue.
“I’ve been invited to speak at Berkeley but Berkeley says I can’t speak there because I’m a ‘high visibility person’ and if you’re high visibility you have to give eight weeks notice unless you’re invited by a department,” Dershowitz said. “Now, here’s the trick. Departments invite anti-Israel speakers all the time so they don’t have to go through the eight week thing. But they don’t invite pro-Israel speakers. So, we have the eight week barrier whereas anti-Israel speakers don’t have the eight week barrier and I’m going to sue Berkeley if they don’t allow me to speak and make me wait eight weeks while they allow anti-Israel speakers to come within three or four days. That’s a lawsuit.”
“They have to have a single standard and we’re going to hold them in it,” he continued. “If they don’t abide by it we’re going to take them to court.”