Free Speech, IHRA, & Palestinian Freedom – A Conversation with Rebecca Ruth Gould


In this episode of the Occupied Thoughts podcast, FMEP president Lara Friedman speaks with Professor Rebecca Ruth Gould, author of the newly published book, Erasing Palestine: Free Speech & Palestinian Freedom. The discussion digs into Professor Gould’s own experience being attacked for an article she authored on Israel/Palestine, and more broadly into the ongoing campaign using the IHRA definition of antisemitism as a weapon to delegitimize and suppress criticism of Israel/Zionism, Palestinian voices, and Palestine rights activism in the UK and around the world.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · Free Speech, IHRA, & Palestinian Freedom – A Conversation with Rebecca Ruth Gould

Recorded on September 29, 2023

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Rebecca Ruth Gould’s books include Erasing Palestine: Free Speech and Palestinian Freedom (Verso, 2023), The Persian Prison Poem: Sovereignty and the Political Imagination (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), and Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016). She has written on the challenges of defining antisemitism and respecting free speech for Prospect Magazine, Jacobin, Political Quarterly, The New Arab, and Middle East Eye, among other venues. She is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Poetics and Global Politics, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. For more on Professor Gould see her website and follow her on X – @rrgould

Articles by Rebecca Ruth Gould

Interviews with Rebecca Ruth Gould on her book, Erasing Palestine

Reports mentioned in the podcast

FMEP resources on the IHRA definition & the controversy around it