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Many view university and college campuses as the “front lines” for the debate about Israel and Palestine.

Minister Compromises Academic Freedom

This statement by the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom (an affiliate of The Third Narrative) protests the decision of Israel’s Science & Technology Minister Ofir Akunis to block the appointment of a top brain researcher, Dr. Yael Amitai, to an international scientific committee because she once signed a petition supporting the right of […]

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Is Anti-Zionist Speech Antisemitic?

I’m a co-author of the recent Alliance for Academic Freedom critique of the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act,” and originally was the lawyer who was the lead drafter of the definition of anti-Semitism that would be codified into law should the ASAA be passed.  But I oppose the application of this definition in the proposed legislation.  This is from my 2016 […]

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Critique of Congress Bill on Antisemitism

The accompanying image juxtaposes a cartoon that defends protesters against Israel on behalf of Palestinian rights by denigrating pro-Israel concerns, with another cartoon that portrays such protesters as actual antisemites (click here for more readable cartoon imagery at a pro-settler website). This juxtaposition suggests the complex of conflicting passions and rights confronting The Third Narrative (TTN) community. In […]

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B-G University Honors Cary Nelson

The scroll awarding our Third Narrative and Alliance for Academic Freedom colleague an honorary doctorate reads (in its English section) as follows:  The Senate and the Executive Committee of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev hereby resolve to honor Prof. Cary Nelson In tribute to an erudite and visionary man of letters, for his uncompromising dedication […]

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Non-Scholarly Polemic from UC Press

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?

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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Anti-BDS Laws Undercut Israel Advocacy

Our TTN colleague, David Schraub, a lecturer and researcher in law at the University of California-Berkeley and the California Constitution Center, wrote this opinion piece in The Forward: “Why People Who Oppose BDS Should Oppose Anti-BDS Laws, Too.” A liberal opponent of the anti-Israel BDS campaign, he nevertheless cites examples of how state politicians, university administrators and bureaucrats apply […]

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