ARTICLES FOR UNIT 8
Academic Freedom as a Shield for Anti-Semitism
The one place in America where anti-semitism is still considered acceptable
is in university Divestment proponents try to equate Israel among all other
nations for special criticism, as in the case of the current divestment
movement being mounted on various campuses across the country.
Divestment proponents try to equate Israel with apartheid South Africa,
which was the target of a divestment campaign aimed at ending racial
This is an offensive comparison that ignores the fact that all Israel citizens
are equal under the law.
The divestment campaign against South Africa was specifically directed at
companies that were using that country’s racist laws to their advantage
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers observed that the
divestment efforts are anti- Semistic. “Profoundly anti-Israel views are
increasingly finding support in progressive intellectual communities.”
Part of the problem is the failure of the university to teach critical thinking
Columbias President Bollinger wants to retain the myth of the purity of the
ivory tower, but he left out what has become a far greater influence on the
university than scholarship, and that is money.
Legality is not the issue in evaluating the anti-Israel, sometimes anti-Semitic
speeches and teachings of faculty and speakers on campus.
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