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The World According to Salaita: ‘Zionism’ as Über-Oppressor

Prof. John A. Shuler of the University of Illinois at Chicago has informed The Third Narrative community of an article by Dr. Steven Salaita, writing in The Nation following the recent settlement of his law suit.  The article begins with the following italicized editorial introduction: On November 12, Professor Steven Salaita settled his case against the University of Illinois […]

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As Mideast violence escalates, debate and dialogue shrinks

As hot as things have become in Israel and the West Bank over the last several weeks with escalating violence, here in North America a chill is palpable. It comes in the form of silencing within and across communities – in private homes, on university campuses and in community institutions. It’s coming from both sides: […]

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The Third Narrative’s ‘Pursuing Peace’ Teach-In, Part 2

[Click here for Part 1.]   Following the lunch break, a plenary session featured political theorist Michael Walzer in conversation with sociologist Todd Gitlin, largely centering on how they relate to Israel.  Although their positions on the issues are close, Prof. Walzer (pictured with moderator Prof. Alice Kessler-Harris [photo by Gili Getz]) identifies himself as a Zionist, while […]

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The Third Narrative’s ‘Pursuing Peace’ Teach-In, Part 1

The Third Narrative and Ameinu “Pursuing Peace” Teach-In — Nov. 1, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism — featured an impressive array of academics and activists who were (in the words of the invitation) “Exploring Progressive Action to Achieve Human Rights, Justice, and Reconciliation in Israel and Palestine.”  Follow the link for YouTube videos online […]

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Prof. Weyl & Levitsky

Responding to Pro-BDS Zionists

In a Washington Post op-ed (Oct. 23)  by Harvard and University of Chicago academics, Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl (pictured here) identify themselves as Zionists who endorse the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) strategy targeting Israel — “We are lifelong Zionists. Here’s why we’ve chosen to boycott Israel.”  Although a JTA article notes that they don’t have a history of Zionist activism, this […]

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SIP Statement on the Crisis in Israel and Palestine

As the executive committee of Scholars for Israel and Palestine, we are appalled by the escalating wave of violence now engulfing Jerusalem and other areas. No political grievances can justify murderous attacks against civilians, be they Israelis or Palestinians or anyone else, and we are disturbed that misleading public statements about imminent Israeli threats to Al Aqsa […]

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Prof. Nelson on Dr. Salaita’s Scholarship and De-hiring

Cary R. Nelson, an emeritus professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the TTN-affiliated Alliance for Academic Freedom. In the current issue (2015 Volume 6) of the Journal of Academic Freedom (published by the American Association of University Professors), Prof. Nelson has an extensive scholarly critique of the […]

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