US rights group urges colleges to protect free speech amid Israel-Gaza war

A prominent civil rights group in the United States has urged colleges and universities to respect free speech and resist calls to investigate or disband student organizations rallying on behalf of Palestinian rights.

In an open letter to academic institutions on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned against politically motivated efforts to police speech on campus, which could “destroy the foundation on which academic communities are built”.

ACLU rejects calls for investigating Palestine solidarity student organizations, saying probes would “chill speech.”

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