• They criticized Israel. This Twitter account upended their lives. (Washington Post)

    “The high-stakes war has found especially fertile ground on social media, where some Palestinian rights activists say they are disproportionately named, shamed and punished. ‘The intent here is not just to punish but also to have a chilling effect,’ said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a think tank. ‘It’s to send a message to people that … if you dare speak out of line when it comes to questions related to Israel, you can and may face dramatic consequences — life-changing consequences.’”

  • A bill to create a national antisemitism coordinator is drawing rare bipartisan support in Congress (The Forward)

    “The Manning-Rosen bill may still face controversy: A substantial portion is devoted to combating antisemitism on American campuses, and activists on the left worry that the fight against campus antisemitism is sometimes used as a way to shut down criticism of Israel. Lara Friedman, the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, noted on X, formerly Twitter, that the bill’s section on higher education cites a 2019 executive order on antisemitism by President Donald Trump. ‘That EO, as a reminder, centers on enforcing the IHRA definition, including its examples as part of Title VI, as a means of repressing/punishing/chilling criticism and activism targeting Israel and/or Zionism on U.S. campuses,’ she said.”

  • FMEP Legislative Round-Up: April 12, 2024

    1. Bills, Resolutions 2. Letters 3. Hearings & Markups 4. Selected Media & Press releases/Statements New from FMEP: 4/12/24: FMEP webinar, RESIGNED: The Former Biden…

  • What Is Hamas Thinking Now? (HuffPo)

    “HuffPost discussed Hamas’ statements and its role in Israeli-Palestinian developments with two longtime analysts of the conflict [FME’s Lara Friedman & MEI’s Khaled Elgindy.” See article for Friedman’s analysis/quotes.

  • Settlement & Annexation Report: April 5, 2024

    Welcome to FMEP’s Weekly Settlement Report, covering everything you need to know about Israeli settlement activity this week. To subscribe to this report, please click here.…