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Word Crimes: Left-wing Israel Studies faculty try to silence scholars deemed too pro-Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:00pm 5/2/2019 at 8:00pm

A fierce backlash was perhaps all but inevitable when a recently published special issue of the academic journal Israel Studies provided a powerful counterpoint to the incessant delegitimization of the world’s only Jewish state.

Under the title “Word Crimes: Reclaiming the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” the volume (co-edited by Legal Insurrection contributor Professor...

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Anti-Israel activists shout down legal scholar’s lecture on legality of anti-BDS laws

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 9:40pm 4/14/2019 at 9:40pm
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Eugene Kontorovich is a brilliant legal scholar formerly with Northwestern University Law School, who recently joined George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law.

Kontorovich’s expertise includes international law, as well as free speech. His lecture The Legal Case for Israel is a must watch video.

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Sarah Lawrence College “students of color” protesters issue 9-pages of demands, target conservative professor

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:06pm 3/11/2019 at 9:06pm

In early November 2018, we covered the story of a conservative Sarah Lawrence College professor Samuel Abrams who came under attack after writing an Op-Ed in The New York Times advocating for diversity of opinion on campuses.

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Sarah Lawrence Prof pens Op-Ed about lack of intellectual diversity, social justice warriors want him driven off campus

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00am 11/3/2018 at 10:00am
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Professor Samuel Abrams is a conservative-leaning tenured professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College. He is active in Heterodox Academy, a group of almost 2000 academics devoted to intellectual diversity on campus.

Prof. Abrams recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about the lack of ideological diversity among administrators at...

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BDS Bully: U. Michigan Prof discriminates against student wanting to study in Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 9:00pm 9/30/2018 at 9:00pm
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One of the most important developments in the academic boycott of Israel took place a couple of weeks ago.

A professor at the University of Michigan, John Cheney-Lippold, agreed to write a recommendation letter for a student, Abigail Engber, but later refused when he found out...

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Survey: 88% of Pomona College Students Say Campus Climate Chills Authentic Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00am 5/22/2018 at 10:00am

Who knew a culture of intimidation and rampant trigger warnings would cause people to keep their mouth’s shut for fear of offending others or worse, retribution?

SPOILER: Free speech advocates everywhere. That’s who.

But I digress. The Washington Times has the story:

The vast majority of students at Pomona College say the campus...

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Academic Antifa: Journal Removes Colonialism Article After “Credible Threats of Personal Violence”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1:05pm 10/10/2017 at 1:05pm
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In August 2017, Professor Bruce Gilley of Portland State University published “The Case for Colonialism” (original link removed, article available here) in Third World Quarterly.

This is the article’s abstract:

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Third World Quarterly publishes “The Case for Colonialism” leading to censorship demands

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8:00pm 9/17/2017 at 8:00pm
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Bruce Gilley of Portland State University (image above) published an article titled “The Case for Colonialism” in the decidedly anti-Colonial journal Third World Quarterly (home of the Edward Said Award).

In its self-description, Third World Quarterly writes:

TWQ examines all the issues that affect the many Third Worlds and is not averse to publishing...

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Law Prof guilty of sexual harassment for test question involving Brazilian waxing

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 8:05pm 7/9/2017 at 8:05pm

Howard University law professor Reginald Robinson has been the subject of 504-day Title IX investigation based on two student complaints about a test question involving a Brazilian wax lawsuit. Robinson is now required to undergo mandatory sensitivity training, prior administrative review of future test questions, and classroom observation.

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Criminal Complaint filed after BDS disrupts Humboldt University (Berlin) speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7:00pm 7/1/2017 at 7:00pm
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The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is becoming increasingly violent. We have seen this in the U.S. through frequent physical disruptions of Israel-related events.

Indeed, as I have documented many times, disruption of Israel-related events was a precursor to the more general campus intolerance we are seeing at places such as...

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Viral faculty statement supporting campus free speech ignores co-author’s support for suppressing Israeli speech

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9:40pm 3/19/2017 at 9:40pm
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A series of high profile attacks on conservative speakers on campus has created great controversy, even among many academics on the left.

The scenes of physical assaults, incendiary projectiles fired at the student center, and bonfires lit at UC-Berkeley to stop an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos’ gained media attention and raised questions about...

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Turkish Prisons Are Filled With Professors

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:30pm 10/13/2016 at 7:30pm
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We have reported extensively on the purge of Turkish academia, and the relative inaction of American faculty who are quick to boycott Israel.

This article by the son of an imprisoned Turkish professor is chilling, Turkish Prisons Are Filled With Professors — Like My Father:

A Turkish professor who was my father’s colleague...

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More BDS hypocrisy: Lack of Academic Freedom in Palestinian Universities ignored

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:30pm 10/8/2016 at 8:30pm

WAJ Intro: The post below is by Prof. Cary Nelson, a leading scholar and expert on issues of academic freedom and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He was co-Editor of The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (2014)(from the cover of which the Featured Image was taken) and was...

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Syracuse U Pro-BDS Faculty Issue Call to ‘Resist’ Events Co-hosted with Israeli Institutions

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 4:00pm 10/4/2016 at 4:00pm
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Last month, Syracuse University (SU) made headlines when a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department dis-invited an award-winning Israeli NYU Professor and filmmaker from a campus event out of fear of offending the political sensibilities of her BDS-supporting colleagues (see our prior posts covering the story).

At the time, pro-BDS faculty ...

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Rosh Hashanah Message for Pro-Israel College Kids

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 11:45am 10/2/2016 at 11:45am
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Tonight at sundown begins the two-day festival of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year. It marks the start of the fall holiday season which culminates on October 25, a day dedicated to celebrating the Torah.

It’s become a custom to wish people a sweet, happy, and healthy New Year by...

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Prof. Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit) in the clear – No action by U Tennessee over “run them down” tweet

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 2:25pm 9/27/2016 at 2:25pm
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The University of Tennessee  at Knoxville apparently doesn’t want to take on the leader of the Army of Davids.

We reported the other day that UTK was “investigating” Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit over the tweet suggesting that drivers surrounded by the violent racist mobs of rioters on Charlotee highways “run...

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Anti-Israel activism course reinstated at UC Berkeley

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00pm 9/20/2016 at 6:00pm

Yesterday the University of California at Berkeley rescinded its suspension of a course, Ethnic Studies 198: Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis—a vehemently anti-Israel, one-credit, once-a-week, student-led course.

The entire purpose of the course appears to be political advocacy and organizing, in violation of university policy for an academic class.

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