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Virginia County Defunds Community College Over SJP Film Screening

 

Virginia’s Louisa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to withhold funding from Piedmont Virginia Community College after its Students for Justice in Palestine chapter screened a documentary film called “Israelism.” The board cited concerns about antisemitism and discrimination, prompting the college to express regret over the decision. The move, which denied the college a small portion of its operating budget, has sparked criticism and raised legal questions about free speech and government funding. The documentary, produced by Jewish filmmakers, explores the experiences of young Jewish Americans in the Israel-Gaza region and their evolving perspectives on Israel. The decision has led to debate about the boundaries of free speech and the conflation of criticism of Israel with antisemitism….

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