< HOME  Friday, April 24, 2009

Another Day, Another Zionist Witch Hunt...

But this time we're going to fight back...HARD!

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A letter from the Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UC Santa Barbara...

Academic Freedom Under Attack at UCSB

04.22.2009 Committee to Defend Academic Freedom at UC Santa Barbara

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Dear colleagues,

UCSB has become the latest front in the war against Academic Freedom.

Professor William I. Robinson, a Sociology and Global Studies professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been attacked by the Anti-Defamation League and two of his former students.

In January of this year, he forwarded an email condemning the Israeli attacks on Gaza. The email contained an editorial by a Jewish journalist condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza as well as juxtaposed images of Nazi atrocities with congruent images of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. The email was an optional read for students, intended to spark conversation by relating contemporary events to conceptual ideas discussed in class.

One week later, the ADL wrote him a letter charging him with anti-Semitism and sundry violations of the Faculty Code of Conduct (none of which were coherent claims). Another week passed, and the Academic Senate Charges Officer then notified him that two of the students in the class to which he circulated the email had filed complaints against him.

The complaints are that 1) critique of Israel is evidence of anti-Semitism and 2) the Israeli-Palestinian issue should not be discussed in a class on Globalization.

This case has already escalated way too far. Throughout the process, the Charges Officer violated several elements of the charges procedure, shirked his responsibilities, and ultimately acted as a co-complainant by fabricating charges that were not raised by the students. The charges have reached the Committee on Committees, which is now in the process of convening an ad hoc Charges Committee to assess the complaints against Professor Robinson.

Based on patently absurd and malicious claims, the charges should have been dismissed out of hand from the beginning. Further consideration of the charges by the Academic Senate serves only to sanction politically-motivated attacks on academic freedom. The longer this case is pursued, the worse its chilling effect; it will spread fear among those who wish to present controversial and critical subjects. Even though the original complaint is regarding Israel/Palestine, the rights at stake extend beyond this specific topic.

Academic freedom is a right that enables scholars to express diverse perspectives over contentious topics, free from the intimidation of political repression campaigns. If the case against Professor Robinson continues to go forward, it will lead down a slippery slope that may expose academics to repression tactics for addressing controversial issues such as stem cell research, evolution, feminism, LGBT rights, etc.

It is incumbent upon members of the UCSB campus and the broader academy to roundly oppose this silencing campaign.

This is an obvious attack on Professor Robinson’s academic freedom, one that ominously recalls similar campaigns against other critics of Israel across the nation. This is part of a broader campaign to automatically vilify and attack any and all critiques of Israel’s policies and practices through unfounded use of the term “anti-Semitic.”

A critique of the Israeli state, its policies, and the leaders responsible is not and should not be considered an affront to Jewish people as a collective, the Jewish religion, or Jewish heritage. In fact, conflating the state of Israel with the Jewish people essentializes the assorted political opinions of a diverse religious group by reducing them to the set of policies espoused by the prevailing regime.

We need your help! Please scroll below and follow the instructions to email the UCSB Chancellor and responsible authorities on campus to express your outrage and register your protest

Sign the petition at [http://www.petitiononline.com/cdafsb/petition.html]

Please visit our website for more information on the case, including continuing updates

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You think that they'd tire of this constant bullshit. but, apparently not.

They won't stop until we force them to.

It's time to give these zio-clowns something to squeal about...

An army of bloggers is the ADL's worst nightmare.

Go get 'em troops!!!


At Friday, April 24, 2009, Blogger gr1m_reaper said...


hee hee hee

We should start a foundation for the school of semites that hires all the professors whom the ADL have attacked and cost them their tenure.

At Friday, April 24, 2009, Blogger Greg Bacon said...

The longer this case is pursued, the worse its chilling effect; it will spread fear among those who wish to present controversial and critical subjects.----------

That's the purpose, to scare people, especially teachers, into not discussing the racists and bigots of Apartheid Israel, unless it's in a format first approved by Abe Fartman of the ADL.

This has the fingerprints of Daniel Pipes "Campus Watch" all over the damn thing.

At Friday, April 24, 2009, Blogger Greg Bacon said...

This will be good news at the weekly Abe Fartman, Daniel Pipes, Alan Dershowitz and David Horowitz Daisy Chain.

Regardless who you feel about Duke, and I have no feelings towards the man one way or the other, to arrest him for merely speaking his mind on what did or didn't happen in the past is absurd.

Won't be long before they'll be arresting US citizens here at home for being too "uppity" and asking questions about the Holocaust™.-----

Prague - The Czech police arrested David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan racist movement, in Prague today on suspicion of promotion of movements seeking suppression of human rights, Prague police spokesman told CTK.

Arriving in the Czech Republic at the invitation of local neo-Nazis, Duke was to give lectures in Prague and Brno.

Duke, a U.S. citizen, is suspected of denying or approving of the Nazi genocide and other Nazi crimes. This crime is punishable by up to three years in prison in the Czech Republic.

According to an Internet text signed by Filip Vavra, who is linked to the neo-Nazi National Resistance group, Duke has visited the Czech Republic in order to promote his book My Awakening.

Czech lawyer Klara Kalibova said some passages of the book can be interpreted as an effort at justifying or challenging the Holocaust.

Czech police are reportedly focusing on the book as well.

Duke was to give three lectures in the Czech Republic. The first was to take place at Prague's Charles University, but the university has banned it.

The other two lectures were to be held in the centre of Prague on Saturday and in Brno, capital of Moravia, on Sunday, according to the website presenting Duke's visit.
Some Czech politicians assessed Duke's visit negatively earlier this week. Disapproving stand in this respect has been expressed by Interior Minister Ivan Langer and Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab.


At Saturday, April 25, 2009, Blogger AlreadyPublished said...

Google "Tenured or Tenous" and see where you wind up.

change the root address to usisrael.org for fun - watch the address change back!

check out my Living Bible if yr interested:



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