Anti-Israel Campus De-Platforming Incidents Spike At Universities: Report

Thousands of people gather for a Pro-Palestinian demonstration in Washington on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

The Israel-Hamas war that followed the terrorist group’s Oct. 7 attack on civilians has prompted a record-breaking wave of deplatforming attempts on U.S. college campuses in 2024, even for events unrelated to the foreign conflict, according to tracking by a civil liberties group.

Nearly three times as many incidents were instigated “from the left,” meaning anti-Israel, as “from the right,” meaning pro-Israel, the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s Campus Deplatforming Database shows.

FIRE has tracked 67 attempts to disinvite or shut down speakers on all subjects through March 15, most occurring since the end of February.