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

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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Academic Turf War? Blame ‘Zionists’

This is a follow-up to “Anti-Zionist Conspiracy Theories at Fresno State,” posted in June. The following is excerpted from a recent piece in The Forward (“How A Turf War At Fresno State Turned Into An Anti-Zionist Witch Hunt“) by Third Narrative participant, Steven Lubet, a professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law:   Shortly after Jewish […]

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Judith Butler Plans Pro-BDS Presidency of MLA

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

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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