Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Ithaca anymore

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Posted by  ▪  July 6, 2015 at 7:00am

We must be over the border.

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Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Ithaca anymore

Posted by - 7/6/2015 at 7:00am

I spent July 4 weekend back in my previous home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Having lived full time in Ithaca (NY) for the past two years, I had forgotten what it’s like in ‘merica.

It felt really good.

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Revisiting the ugly Vassar College anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by  ▪  July 5, 2015 at 9:30pm

It started with a course boycott and ended with a Nazi cartoon.

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Revisiting the ugly Vassar College anti-Israel academic boycott

Posted by - 7/5/2015 at 9:30pm

In the spring of 2014, a series of ugly incidents rocked the campus of Vassar College, a small liberal arts college just north of New York City.

It started with a boycott protest against a course that involved travel to Israel and the West Bank, including forcing a professor and students to walk a gauntlet of people ululating (audio example here). It culminated in the posting on social media of a Nazi cartoon portraying Jewish control of the U.S.

The group mounting the protest and posting the plainly anti-Semitic cartoon was Vassar Students for Justice in Palestine.

The series of events was ignited by passage of an academic boycott of Israel by the American Studies Association, a rejection of the boycott by Vassar’s president (along with 250 other university presidents), and a counter-reaction by 39 Vassar professors who defended the boycott.  SJP took it from there.

It’s all detailed in my post Anti-Israel academic boycott turns ugly at Vassar and a series of follow up posts, including about my debate challenge to the 39 professors (which was not accepted):

With everything happening on the anti-Israel boycott front, both good and bad, Vassar had faded a little from memory, until I saw a July 3, 2015 Op-Ed in The Washington Post by Jill Schneiderman, one of the two Vassar professors teaching the boycotted course. For Schneiderman, the memories obviously haven’t faded, and remain raw.

The Op-Ed is How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students. Read the whole thing. Here is an excerpt:

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