Judge dismisses lawsuit against Florida over ban on pro-Palestinian group

A US judge has dismissed a lawsuit that said Florida's proposed ban on pro-Palestine agitation on college campuses violates students' free speech rights.

Presiding Judge Mark Walker of the U.S. District Court for Northern Florida ruled Wednesday to dismiss the case because “the ban has not yet gone into effect.”

The University System of Florida, together with Governor Ron DeSantis, asked colleges late last year to close branches of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a student movement that has led activity on US campuses since the outbreak of the war in Gaza. Has become the center of. ,

But the colleges did not take any action according to this proposal.

Walker wrote that he was naturally concerned by the governor's description of the organization's members as “terrorists” supporting “jihad”, but added that closing branches of the organization “is mere speculation.”

After a judge rejected the organization's request for a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the organization, said it would again appeal if authorities in Florida took any steps to close its branches. Will file suit from.

Human rights defenders have observed rising rates of Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian prejudice and anti-Semitism in the United States since the war in Gaza began in October. Amidst this conflict, huge tension is being seen in American universities.

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