It is widely recognized that critics of Israel, no matter how well-founded the criticism, are routinely punished by both public and private institutions for their speech. … The effort to keep critics of Israel quiet sometimes takes the form of explicit government action … The moment I irritated defenders of Israel on social media, I was summarily fired from my job as a newspaper columnist There is no “three strikes” policy when it comes to criticism of Israel, no matter how justified the criticism, and no matter how far it falls from actual anti-Semitism. It did not matter that I swiftly deleted my words. You cross the line, you’re gone … I have noticed that a lot of people who are ostensibly pro-free speech have little to say when critics of Israel are met with professional consequences.
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