- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2017

The University of California, Berkeley may soon face a lawsuit by none other than Alan Dershowitz.

Administrators at UC Berkeley have been under fire by free speech advocates for months over the handling of so-called anti-fascist protestors who shut down conservative speakers, but Mr. Dershowitz says the school also exudes an illegal anti-Israel bias. The Harvard law professor emeritus says there are different sets of rules for pro- and anti-Israel speakers who want to address students.

“Berkeley has said I can’t speak there because I’m a ‘high visibility person,’ and if you are high visibility you have to give eight weeks notice unless you are invited by a department,” Mr. Dershowitz said Thursday during a “Fox and Friends” appearance. “Now, here’s the trick: departments invite anti-Israel speakers all the time, so they don’t have to go through the eight-week thing. But they don’t invite pro-Israel speakers, so we have the eight-week barrier, whereas anti-Israel speakers don’t have the eight-week barrier.”

The famous lawyer vowed to sue if equal standards were not applied going forward.

“I’m going to sue Berkeley if they don’t allow me to speak,” the famed attorney said. “If they make me wait eight weeks and allow anti-Israel speakers to come within three or four days, that’s a lawsuit. … Berkeley is a public university, taxpayers’ 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, [or] one rule on conservatives [and] one rule on liberals.”

UC Berkeley has been the focus of free speech debates since February. Left-wing activists inflicted roughly $100,000 worth of property damage on campus prior to a speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Mr. Yiannopoulos briefly returned Sunday after his planned “Free Speech Week” was derailed at the last moment by skittish student sponsors.

Officials said his short speech rang up roughly $800,000 in security bills.

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