Archive by Author: Alliance for Academic Freedom

On Excluding Zionists from Campus Groups

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

THE UNCONSCIONABLE EXCLUSION OF ZIONISTS FROM CAMPUS GROUPS This summer, two Jewish undergraduates at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Cassandra Blotner and Ofek Preis, charged in a complaint to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that they were expelled from a student group devoted to helping sexual assault survivors […]

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MLA Distorts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

THE ALLIANCE FOR ACADEMIC FREEDOM CONDEMNS THE MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION’S ILL-INFORMED ATTACK ON THE IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM In June 2022, the executive committee of the Modern Language Association joined a chorus of critics who have attacked the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA] definition of antisemitism. It did so on grounds that were factually false […]

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CRITIQUE OF CUNY LAW SCHOOL’S ANTI-ZIONIST ACTION

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

On May 12, 2022, the faculty of the law school at the City University of New York voted unanimously to endorse a controversial and politically charged BDS resolution passed last December by the school’s student government association. The Alliance for Academic Freedom calls on the law school faculty to repeal its endorsement, which threatens academic freedom on […]

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MESA CHOOSES BDS OVER ACADEMIC FREEDOM

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION VIOLATES FUNDAMENTAL ACADEMIC FREEDOM PRINCIPLES WITH BDS ENDORSEMENT The Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF) condemns the March 24, 2022 vote by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to join the campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) targeting the state of Israel. Academic freedom cannot exist where entire peoples or nations […]

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Regarding Return of Israel Studies Gift to Donors

By Alliance for Academic Freedom

Alliance for Academic Freedom Statement Regarding Return of an Israel Studies Gift at University of Washington The Alliance for Academic Freedom condemns the return of a gift by the University of Washington endowing an Israel Studies program. This action, which drastically reduced the program’s funding, constitutes a violation of the tenets of academic freedom. According to news reports in […]

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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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