Anti-Israel Protest At Georgetown Law Tests Limits Of Free Speech

Anti-Israel Protest At Georgetown Law Tests Limits Of Free Speech


As I left Georgetown Law School’s campus recently, dozens of police and security officers were stationed around McDonough Hall. Inside, Rudy Rochman, a peace activist and reservist in the Israeli military, was about to speak to students about combating antisemitism.

What happened next is now viral. Protesters demonstrated against the event, trying to interrupt the talk from outside the room before entering holding “IDF Off Campus” signs. One student raised her “blood” painted hands, which looked like a recreation of an anti-Israeli attack in Ramallah. As student Rachel Wolff described, protesters were “dress[ing] up like Jew-lynching terrorists who proudly display Jewish blood on their hands to celebrate their deaths.”

The situation highlights the inadequacy of the current campus speech paradigm to address a new form

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