Magazine article Radical Teacher

Academic Freedom

Magazine article Radical Teacher

Academic Freedom

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United States defenders of Israel have established a network of institutions such as Campus Watch, Stand With Us, the David Project, the Israel on Campus Coalition, and the Scholars for Peace in the Middle East dedicated to monitoring campuses and bringing pressure on faculty critical of Israeli policies (http://electronicintifada.net, October 18, 2007).

These institutions have made it increasingly difficult to have open academic discussion on such topics as the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East (see "On Being Called an Anti-Semite in Montana," Academe Online, September-October 2007); the adoption of a "one state" solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (see "A Book on Hold," Inside Higher Ed, September 11, 2007); the accusation of Jimmy Carter as a Holocaust denier and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as anti-Semitic (see "My Favorite Anti-Semite," http://tonykaron.com/2007/10/03); and the relationship of McCarthyism, then and now (see "Academic McCarthyism Threatens Democracy," The Black Commentator, October 8, 2007).

Particular articles are helpful in keeping track of specific violations of academic freedom in the case of Norman Finkelstein. Salim Muwakkil's "Smearing Israel's Critics," (In These Times, October 2007) alleges that "Finkelstein's rough treatment followed a national campaign initiated by right-wing supporters of Israel to taint his name." Neve Gordon's "Why Norman Finkelstein Would Have Tenure--in Israel" (http://chronicle. …

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