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Colleagues Critique Proposed US Law on Antisemitism

Two of our Third Narrative colleagues, Kenneth Stern and Steven Lubet, have written thoughtfully on this matter, acknowledging both the expression of antisemitism on university campuses and the danger of shutting down free speech regarding Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians.   Ken Stern, executive director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation, is […]

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Colleagues’ Washington Post Op-ed for Free Speech on Campus

Two TTN colleagues active in the Alliance for Academic Freedom, Professors Cary Nelson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and David Greenberg (Rutgers), have published an opinion piece entitled “Students are shouting down pro-Israel speakers — and silencing free speech,” in the Washington Post.  They argue that although past disruptions of on-campus speakers from Israel or deemed […]

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AAF on McCarthyism of ‘Canary Mission’

The executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom has published an exposé, in Tablet, of “the fear-mongering, McCarthyesque agenda of Canary Mission, a misguided organization that ‘documents the people and groups that are promoting hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on college campuses in North America’.”  This statement was collectively authored by David Greenberg, Rebecca […]

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DECAL DEBACLE: AAF Statement on Berkeley Student’s Course

This text by the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) is reprinted from INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION (October 7, 2016): The University of California, Berkeley, recently briefly suspended a one-credit course already in session as part of the systemwide DeCal program of student-taught courses. The course, Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis, had been promoted on […]

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Anti-Western Ideology Fuels BDS

This commentary is inspired by “When Your Enemy’s Enemy is Your Enemy,” an article written by the liberal American-Israeli journalist, Gershom Gorenberg, for his usual venue, The American Prospect (March 11, 2016). While his piece does not directly address BDS, it analyzes the anti-Western/anti-Imperialist ideology that often accompanies support for BDS. The summary sentence beneath the title reads: “A defense of Hezbollah […]

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New Book Released by Professor Cary Nelson, co-chair of AAF

We are pleased to announce the publication of Dreams Deferred: A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Movement to Boycott Israel by Professor Cary Nelson, co-chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), an affiliated group with The Third Narrative (TTN). The book is a compilation of scholarly essays by experts on various aspects of […]

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Campus BDS and the law: First, do no harm

As a teenager I was riveted to the television coverage of the Chicago Conspiracy trial: the government’s attempt to convict Vietnam-era anti-War protestors. Defense attorney Bill Kunstler used the courtroom as political theater, and put the system – and the war – on trial. Over the decades, I’ve been involved in legal cases that have […]

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