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Non-Scholarly Polemic from UC Press

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What follows are the opening paragraphs of a book review by Professor Cary Nelson — co-chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (AAF), a group affiliated with The Third Narrative (TTN) — at Fathom, an online journal published in the UK (hence its British spellings): Sunaina Maira’s book Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine would not ordinarily be […]

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Is Israel Unfairly Singled Out by Left?

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Brendan O’Neill’s “Why Do You Hate Israel?,” published in April in the British online journal SPIKED, poses a question that has troubled both those who identify with the international left and those who do not.  Why is Israel targeted for special criticism on human rights and anti-imperialist grounds when so many other nations with worse […]

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Natalie Portman’s Bombshell

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Pro-Israel progressive Jews, including many participants in The Third Narrative, are divided between “Say it ain’t so, Natalie” and “You go girl” over this Israeli-born, Hebrew-speaking movie star and director’s action in refusing to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony to receive this award in the presence of Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Some blame her for not taking […]

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Judith Butler Plans Pro-BDS Presidency of MLA

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The following are abridged excerpts from an article in the Jewish Journal (“Judith Butler Plans a Stealth MLA Presidency”) by Cary Nelson, the Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a colleague at The Third Narrative and the Alliance for Academic Freedom. We begin with his introduction: The Modern Language Association […]

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On Dealing with Antisemitic University Faculty

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This post is a quickie guide to a four-part analysis at The Faculty Lounge by Steven Lubet, a TTN colleague who is a professor of law at Northwestern University. This is from Part One: Michael Chikindas is a tenured professor of Food Science at Rutgers University. He is also an anti-Jewish bigot, as is evidenced by his Facebook […]

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Political Theater at Middle East Studies Conference

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These are the opening paragraphs of a piece by Prof. Cary Nelson at the Telos site: “The Middle East Studies Association Imagines Its Future“: The large room at the Marriott Wardman Park was filled to overflowing on Sunday afternoon for a special session billed as “Thinking Palestine Intersectionally.” The seats were occupied and scores of others […]

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Deportation of Rasmea Odeh

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Our colleague, Prof. Steven Lubet of the Northwestern University School of Law, has posted an analysis on the case of how the case of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian-American championed by Jewish Voice for Peace and other radical supporters of Palestinian nationalism, who was deported for not disclosing her conviction in Israel for terrorist activities, which […]

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