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On January 19 University of California Santa Barbara sociology Professor William Robinson sent an email to students on the roster of his Global Affairs course in which he compared the Israeli occupation of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto. He was subsequently brought up on disciplinary charges by the Academic Senate of the university, as well as subjected to harassment and persecution by pro-Israeli elements.
The charges against Robinson pose a serious threat to academic freedom. They are an effort to intimidate critics of Israeli policy at a time when that regime’s actions have produced widespread revulsion. Ultimately, the aim of such witch-hunts is to silence those opposed to the policies of one of the US government’s key allies.
"The essence of the charges,” Professor Robinson said, “is that the course material I submitted was anti-Semitic, and according to these letters [from the ADL and the two students], it was anti-Semitic because it was critical of the state of Israel. That is absurd, that the condemnation of the policies of the state of Israel is equivalent to anti-Semitism. One, anti-Semitism, is the discrimination against and oppression of a religious/ethnic group, and the other, criticism of Israel, is a condemnation of the policies of a nation-state.”
Originally posted by and14263
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I wonder if this stuff keeps on happening because they know there will never be a big enough back lash to make a change? You could say this for every part of a disfunctioning democracy. I hear you and echo your motivation but I worry it will never happen.
Originally posted by dooper
I've seen arrogant, skewered professors who are so impressed with their own credentials, they assume that whatever position they assume must be correct just because it's theirs.
I locked up with a few, and this was after my combat tour.
I'd tell them, just teach the course, stick to the facts, and if you won't state your opinion, I won't correct you in class.
Didn't do too well in those courses, but it seemed to be worth it.