February 22, 2015 Dear Ms. Heather Wokusch and the Austrian Parliament, I am writing as a U.S. citizen who learned of your extension, followed by your retraction of an invitation to Hedy Epstein, to speak at the conference, ‘In Grandmother’s Words: The Fate of Women in the Second World War.’: I am aware she graciously … Continue reading Let Hedy Epstein Speak Her Truth
'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' ~ United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Overview We request that the Austrian media take responsibility to report with … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Austrian Media
On September 17, the first move-in day for Fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz, students and community members at the main entrance of campus displayed signs opposing Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35), which was introduced this year in the California Senate. On its surface SCR 35 is legislation that addresses anti-Semitism on the University … Continue reading On UCSC Move-In Day, Activists Greet Students With Message: Free Speech For Palestine
Join a growing list of signatories asking President Napolitano to reject the proposal before UC Regents to adopt the State Department’s redefinition of anti-Semitism. It is a fundamental skill of higher learning to critique. Critiquing national policy, including policies of the state of Israel, is not anti-Semitic. Censoring critique; however, is anti-education. Please read and … Continue reading SJP West Letter To Janet Napolitano
Many black, Arab, gay and other students who experience daily acts of racist violence and blatant discrimination will be aghast at Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s opening declaration in a recent Viewpoints article (“Jewish students need more protection on California campuses,” April 10) that “Jewish students are the single most vulnerable minority” at the state’s universities. As a … Continue reading Criticizing Israel Is Not Anti-Semitism
The Scholars' Letter Last week, scholars and university faculty issued a public statement and letter to the 66 California Assembly-members who drafted, sponsored and passed a resolution on 28 August calling on university administrators to address what the assembly called “anti-Semitism” on campuses — but what many see as a clear attempt to curb Palestine … Continue reading UC Students Denounce CA Assembly Resolution HR 35: Demand UC Stop Profiting From Israel’s Occupation
Yudof Targets Activists and Professors From the Vietnam War to the Central American revolutions to apartheid South Africa to the East Timor occupation to the invasion of Iraq , university campuses have been an important venue for concerned scholars and activists to raise issues regarding human rights, international law and US foreign policy. However, in … Continue reading University Of California Takes Aim At Human Rights Activists
Written by Kristin Szremski Civil rights statutes are being used to silence campus solidarity work. Cooperation between academic authorities at the University of California at Davis and influential Zionist organizations could have an adverse impact on Palestine solidarity work there and on college campuses across the country. The implications of what is unfolding on the … Continue reading Why Is Palestine Solidarity Being Criminalized On California Campuses?
Written by Günter Grass What must be said Why have I kept silent, held back so long, on something openly practiced in war games, at the end of which those of us who survive will at best be footnotes? It's the alleged right to a first strike that could destroy an Iranian people subjugated by … Continue reading Günter Grass: 'What Must Be Said'
Written by Cary Nelson, AAUP President, and Kenneth Stern, American Jewish Committee Anti-Semitism Allegations at Berkeley, UCSC and Rutgers Recently, there have been allegations of anti-Semitism at three universities—the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Rutgers. Any claim of bigotry must be treated with the utmost seriousness, not only because … Continue reading Anti-Semitism On Campus