Archive by Author: Alliance for Academic Freedom

In Defense of Academic Freedom and Against the MESA Resolution

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

We write as members of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) alongside the President of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) and the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a group of more than 200 liberal and progressive scholars committed to upholding academic freedom and free speech in campus debates surrounding Israel and Palestine, supportive of […]

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ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A ZIONIST?

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

The Alliance for Academic Freedom condemns the treatment of Rose Ritch, a Jewish undergraduate at University of Southern California who resigned under pressure as vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government following a campaign that featured denunciations of her support for Israel, including some with antisemitic overtones. Not only was it clearly reprehensible for fellow […]

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Open Letter to Members of SSSP

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

An Open Letter to Members of the Society for the Study of Social Problems July 2020 The Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a multidisciplinary faculty organization that opposes academic boycotts and supports a two-state solution that would facilitate political self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians, is concerned that the Society for the Study of Social […]

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AAF DEPLORES ANTICIPATED ANNEXATION

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

The Alliance for Academic Freedom is deeply troubled by the Israeli government’s apparent intention in the near future to unilaterally annex substantial portions of the West Bank, possibly including both existing settlements and the Jordan Valley. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s winning of a new term and his post-election pronouncements about annexation point to a substantial territorial […]

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We Defend Academic Freedom, Even for Ideological Foes

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CHILLS ACADEMIC FREEDOM Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar last week wrote Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to request an investigation into whether University of Arizona programs comply with federal funding requirements. He expressed concern specifically about whether the campus’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) engages in anti-Semitic activities or […]

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Historians Reject Anti-Israel Resolutions

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

Members of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) were instrumental in defeating two proposed resolutions at the business meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020; they were sponsored by a group called “Historians for Peace and Democracy.”  Though these resolutions on alleged infringements of academic freedom by Israel (posted here) fell […]

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AAF/Ameinu Video on How BDS Targets Individuals

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

This is a message from our colleague, Prof. Cary R. Nelson: A video that AAF and AMEINU have sponsored records personal testimonies of students and faculty from the US who have experienced personal attacks from BDS-allied colleagues and students.  The quality of the filming is high and the stories are compelling.  Please share it widely.  We have […]

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