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

BDS Bans Recommending Students for Israeli Universities

IS WRITING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION A PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY OR A POLITICAL CHOICE? By Susana Cavallo, David Greenberg, Rebecca Lesses, Jeffry Mallow, Sharon Musher, Cary Nelson (Chair), and Kenneth Stern, the executive committee of the Alliance for Academic Freedom [This statement expands upon and updates an op-ed first published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, […]

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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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