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Professor Criticized for Pro-Israeli, Anti-Palestinian Views

In a number of academic freedom disputes in recent years, the professors whose comments have been subject to scrutiny have been harshly critical of Israel’s government, generally over its treatment of Palestinians. Many colleges have stood by faculty members who have criticized Israel, but some have not. Consider the case of Steven Salaita, who thought he…

Judea Pearl Renounces NYU Distinguished Alumnus Status as School Prepares to Award Students for Justice in Palestine

Turing Award winner Judea Pearl has renounced his status as a distinguished alumnus of New York University, following the school’s decision to award its Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter — which orchestrated an ongoing boycott of Zionist student clubs — for “extraordinary and positive impact on the University community.” Pearl, who graduated with a doctoral degree…

17 UC Berkeley Professors Warn ‘Discriminatory’ BDS Campaign Poses ‘Clear and Direct Threat to Academic Freedom’

UC Berkeley’s Sather Gate. Photo: John Morgan. Seventeen faculty members at the University of California, Berkeley, warned on Tuesday against the threat posed by the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign to the academic freedom of their students and colleagues. Their letter responded to an op-ed published by eight UC Berkeley professors in the student-run Daily Californian last month, which criticized a December message issued by all ten…

Newton Residents Sue City’s School Committee, Superintendent of Schools, Principals and Teachers for Discrimination against Jews and Israelis

Anti-Semitism is a deadly hatred. Defendants either disagree with this statement or share in this hatred because, for years, they have stubbornly refused to remove anti-Semitic and anti-Israel materials from the history lessons that they teach in the high schools of the City of Newton. Despite significant community concerns, scholarly findings of anti-Jewish bias, and…

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