Famed Harvard Law professor and life-long Democrat Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News that if the University of California, Berkeley refuses to change its rules governing speakers on campus, he plans to sue. While UC-Berkeley imposes a two-month delay for speakers it deems “high profile,” Dershowitz claimed on “Fox and Friends” that the university circumvents the rule by directing invitations directly to only certain speakers.
“So we have the eight week barrier. Whereas anti-Israel speakers don’t have the eight-week barrier, and I’m going to sue Berkeley if they don’t allow me to speak. They may make me wait eight weeks and allow anti-Israel speakers to come within three or four days. That’s a lawsuit,” Dershowitz said. An expert on constitutional law, Dershowitz said that because Berkeley is a public university, it must adhere to the First Amendment and give equal opportunity for all speakers.
“Berkeley is a public university. Taxpayer’s money. They are bound by the First Amendment. So they can’t impose one rule on pro-Israel speakers and one rule on anti-Israel speakers,” he said. “The student are reacting because they’re telling me that they’re being denied the opportunity to listen to speakers that they want to hear.”
The Harvard Law professor said many of these protests are merely a means to squelch free speech. “It has nothing to do with the argument … it has nothing to do with what I’m saying. it’s just an attempt to shout me down.”
While if the university were hosting a famous progressive, Dershowitz theorized that it would never make the speaker wait eight weeks. “They need to have a single standard and we’re going to hold them to it. And if they don’t abide by it, we are taking them to court.”
“I’m not going to let Berkeley get away with that. They’re a pubic university. They’re going to have to comply with the First Amendment. We are going to win this,” Dershowitz concluded.