Eight years ago a group of Muslim students shouted down Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, as he delivered a speech on US-Israel relations at University of California.
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As Jewish and pro-Israel students grapple with the multifaceted challenges posed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, influential current and former university administrators from the UA and Israel unpacked the nature of the BDS threat and potential solutions during a briefing hosted by the American Society of the University of Haifa this week in New York City.
The University of California-Berkeley spent nearly $4 million in a single month in 2017 on security for just three events.
The results of three separate, significant surveys on college students’ views of free speech and the First Amendment released last fall demonstrated with notable statistical consistency what has been much examined anecdotally: University students on America’s campuses have a concerning understanding of and relationship with freedom of expression.
A recent study showed ways in which faculty can play a role in fighting the BDS campaign on campus
Mark Yudof had just gotten off the phone with Jewish community leaders in central Illinois, where a campus debate was raging over the relationship between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
It was one of many such calls Yudof gets as chair of the national advisory board for the Academic Engagement Network, one of the main groups pushing back against the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement at U.S. colleges and universities.
With the principal humanities academic organization in the US voting overwhelmingly to formally reject the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, a leading member of the anti-BDS effort welcomed the rejection of a “radical fringe” who had “hijacked the organization for partisan politics.”
Amidst the rancor of anti-Israel propaganda, Prager University is waging a digital war. If such battles are won by whopping numbers of online views alone, its strategy seems to be winning. But not everyone agrees.
Some professors fear a “chilling effect” on free speech and academic freedom after President Jane Close Conoley made a statement to the campus opposing the Associated Students, Inc. resolution to divest in Israel, prompting several response letters from legal organizations, professors and the California Faculty Association.