University of California, Los Angeles: Center for Israel Studies Moves Former Israeli Official’s Speech Online


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On February 27, 2024, UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies planned to host the in-person lecture, “Israel and the Middle East after the October 7 Massacre: Threats, Challenges, and Hopes,” featuring former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni. After UCLA’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter announced its plan to protest the event, the Nazarian Center moved the event to Zoom to “avoid any disruptions.” FIRE wrote the Nazarian Center on April 10, explaining UCLA has a constitutional duty to provide sufficient security to ensure invited speakers may safely speak without significant disruption and urging the Center not to capitulate to those who threaten to disrupt scheduled events in the future.