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  • Free speech, hate speech: Where’s the line at UCLA?

    By Jared Sichel

    January 13, 2016 | 8:34 am

    Where does UCLA draw the line when it comes to speech and conduct protected by the First Amendment? When are words and actions punishable according to university standards?

    Those are questions some Jewish and pro-Israel UCLA students and faculty have been asking since Lisa Marie...

  • Israeli officials condemn Breaking the Silence — and restrict its activities

    December 18, 2015 | 9:23 am

    They’ve been banned from Israel’s schools and forbidden from speaking to Israeli soldiers. Israel’s prime minister denounced them from the floor of Knesset. A right-wing group has accused them of being foreign moles.

    The Israeli veterans’ group Breaking the Silence has been...

  • Instead of expelling the Oklahoma frat students

    By Harold Brackman

    March 11, 2015 | 11:54 am

    “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught (To Hate)”

    Five years after the debut of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, their South Pacific explored this theme in a more exotic context.

    This week, it’s returned to where “the corn is a mile high” University of Oklahoma campus where the...

  • After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

    October 24, 2014 | 11:20 am

    A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits.

    The 2013 ruling by the Paris...

  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • Letters to the Editor: Figueres, Cuba, Charedim

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    With Gratitude

    I received such a delightful surprise. I received a copy of your thoughtful article “Figueres” (July 12). I am grateful for your visit to Costa Rica. It is a lesson in itself.  I am grateful that, at a special time of need, you remind us of the truths of the dreams...

  • Play reveals naked truth behind ‘Deep Throat’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Herschel Savage, the skin-flick actor best known for his appearance in “Debbie Does Dallas,” was perched beside a bare mattress on the floor of the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, preparing to rehearse a scene from “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal” in which he plays a director. The...

  • The Piterberg Doctrine: Free speech for me but not for thee

    April 20, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    You’d imagine every campus faction would have welcomed University of California President Yudof’s statement on March 8.  He called on the UC community to follow the basic rules necessary to protect free speech on college campuses. President Yudof denounced recent incidents during...

  • Univ. of California president defends Farrakhan appearance on campus

    March 12, 2012 | 12:17 am

    University of California President Mark Yudof defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s right to speak at the university’s Berkeley campus.

    Farrakhan’s speech Saturday was billed as being about black empowerment, but was also peppered with anti-Semitic and hate speech,...

  • Are haters hiding behind free speech?

    March 8, 2012 | 10:49 am

    Imagine a college student being subjected to verbal abuse, being spat at, and being the focus of harassment because of their gender, religion, national origin, race or simply because of their political beliefs?

    Recently, college students on many campuses across the country were...

  • Letters to the Editor: OneLA, Free Speech, High Holy Days

    October 5, 2011 | 7:02 pm

    The health care issue

    The recent OneLA Healthcare Summit would have been more relevant if those from the single-payer movement — e.g., Health Care for All (HCA), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) — were included (“Fighting to Preserve Obamacare,” Sept. 30). The...

  • Free speech on campus

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 11, 2008 | 1:16 am


  • Free speech and radical Islam

    By Flemming Rose

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    At a lunch last year celebrating his 25th anniversary with Jyllands-Posten, Kurt Westergaard told an anecdote. During World War II, Pablo Picasso met a German officer in southern France, and they got into a conversation. When the German officer figured out whom he was talking to he...
  • Who is Roger Diamond?

    By David Suissa

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Put yourself in the shoes of this Jewish man. You're a lawyer representing the interests of a strip club called Skins, which has been in a long, drawn-out battle with the city and neighborhood groups to operate their club at the southern tip of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood,...
  • Over-clamor over Coulter’s comments

    By Omri Ceren

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Almost a decade ago, James Gleick observed that "the acceleration of just about everything" was going to have less than sanguine impacts on how the traditional news cycle filters events. What used to take weeks now takes days or hours. It's been less than a week since Ann Coulter...
  • Mating Call or Terrorist Revenge?

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A new weapon may have emerged in the Palestinians' battle against Israel -- the "siren call."

    In several ads in New York's Village Voice newspaper, Palestinians -- or people posing as Palestinians -- solicit romantically available Jews or Israelis to take them "home" to Israel.


  • Free Speech or Harassment?

    By Merav Tassa

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When UCLA librarian Jonnie Hargis this month sent out an e-mail to everyone on the library's list, he had no idea the chaos he'd cause on campus.

    Hargis wrote in his e-mail that United States taxpayers "fund and arm a state called Israel, which is responsible for untold thousands...