In November 2021, Duke’s student government president vetoed recognition of a chapter of Students Supporting Israel because the group “singled out,” in an Instagram post, a student critic who complained that Duke “promoted settler colonialism” by recognizing SSI. On November 17, FIRE wrote to Duke’s student senate, urging it to override the veto, but it instead affirmed the veto with a two-thirds majority. After Duke’s administration announced it had “identified options for SSI to secure financial and programmatic support,” FIRE wrote the administration on December 8 urging it to provide SSI the same resources it provides to recognized student organizations. On February 23, 2022, Duke’s student senate voted again and unanimously recognized SSI.
FIRE Case Files
VICTORY: Three months after rejecting pro-Israel club, Duke student senate grants Students Supporting Israel recognition
February 24, 2022 | Read More
Duke student senate passes resolution condemning antisemitism but leaves pro-Israel club unrecognized
February 9, 2022 | Read More
January 14, 2022 | Read More
Zionist and civil liberties groups join FIRE in defending expressive rights of Duke Students Supporting Israel chapter
December 17, 2021 | Read More
Too little too late? Duke promises to provide ‘options’ for Students Supporting Israel club denied recognition.
December 8, 2021 | Read More
November 18, 2021 | Read More
November 17, 2021 | Read More
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