Pro-Israel lawyer is weaponizing public records law against Palestinian activists

Protestors are seen on the UCLA campus ahead of the the National Students for Justice in Palestine conference in in Los Angeles, Calif., on November 6, 2018. (photo: Ronen Tivony / NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Right-wing lawyer David Abrams’s lawsuit against UCLA could unleash harassment on attendees of a Students for Justice in Palestine event.

By Alex Kane | The Intercept | Mar 6, 2021

“Canary Mission is well resourced and good at what it’s trying to do, which is ruin the lives of people who speak about Palestine,”
— Kanwalroop Singh, speaker at Students for Justice in Palestine conference

Kanwalroop Singh had just finished presenting at the 2018 Students for Justice in Palestine conference at the University of California, Los Angeles when a student journalist asked her for an interview.

Singh, a Sikh American who at the time was a law student at UCLA, agreed. She spoke to a student-run feminist magazine about her workshop on the Palestinian and Kashmiri struggles for justice at the conference, which brought together students from across the country to strategize on how to advance the campus movement for Palestinian human rights.

“I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought, ‘It shouldn’t be a problem. It’s a small feminist magazine,’” said Singh.

A few days after the article was published, while looking herself up on Google as she applied for jobs, she noticed that she had a profile on Canary Mission, a website that blacklists Palestinian rights activists by creating dossiers on them and labeling them anti-Semites and supporters of terrorism. The profile contained links to all her social media accounts and noted that she had led a workshop at the 2018 conference, which Canary Mission claimed “celebr[ated] violence.”

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