HR 35 & the Boundaries of Academic Free Speech

No sooner had the California State Assembly voted on and passed House Resolution 35 (HR 35) that calls upon California public universities to “increase their efforts to swiftly and unequivocally condemn acts of anti-Semitism” than the University of California Students…

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Neologism and Nationalism

There has never been agreement about Zionism.  Not only is the idea of Jewish nationalism controversial, the very word “Zionism” arouses unique passions, as a recent controversy highlights.  It was recently reported that the Jewish Federation of North America had dropped the…

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Judith Butler and the Theodor Adorno Prize

Judith Butler, who last week received Frankfurt’s coveted Theodor Adorno Prize, came to prominence as an anti- Israel agitator almost a decade ago. In September 2002, Harvard president Lawrence Summers charged that “at Harvard and… universities across the country,” faculty-initiated…

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Brandeis Center Releases Guide for Combating Campus Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, DC ( August 23, 2012 — The Louis D. Brandeis Center today released its path-breaking LDB Best Practices Guide for Combating Campus Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism.  The Brandeis Center is an international Jewish civil rights organization which combats anti-Semitism on…

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Protests must not stray into anti-Semitism

For the past decade, a movement of protest against Israel, its policies and Zionism has occupied a central place on University of California and other college and university campuses. The nature of the messages embodied in that movement has drawn tremendous attention…

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