Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Criticize Israel and Lose Your Job:
US Academic Freedom in Peril
By Paul J. Balles
ccun.org, Redress, March 12, 2009
Paul J. Balles considers how Zionists in positions of authority at
academic institutions in the United States are persecuting and defaming
anyone who dares to criticize Israel or even mention Palestinian rights.
About the worst thing one can do in America or Europe is to criticize
Israel. ďFreedomĒ even in academia doesnít allow critical comments about
Israel or Zionism. Those who risk it can lose their jobs and be labelled
Joel Kovel was terminated from Bard College
after 20 years of service because of "differences between myself and the
Bard administration on the issue of Zionism". The president of Bard, Leon
Botstein, didnít consider Kovelís critiques of Zionism to be protected
The worst of the critic bashers is Harvard Law
Professor Alan Dershowitz. He spearheaded a campaign against Norman
Finkelstein's tenure for writing
documenting in detail the falsifications in Dershowitz's book The Case for
After being denied tenure, Finkelstein said: "I met the
standards of tenure DePaul required, but it wasn't enough to overcome the
political opposition to my speaking out on the Israel-Palestine conflict."
In his 2008 book, The Case Against Israel's Enemies, Dershowitz defamed
many who have been critical of Israel, calling them bigots or labelling them
anti-Semitic. Dershowitz has led the pack attacking Israelís critics.
On former President Jimmy Carter, Dershowitz wrote: "Whatever the reason
or reasons for Jimmy Carter's recent descent into the gutter of bigotry,
history will not judge him kindly."
Attacking University of Chicago
Professor John J. Mearsheimer and Harvard University Professor Stephen M.
Walt, who together authored
The Israel Lobby and US
Foreign Policy (2007), Dershowitz wrote: "They are hate-mongers who have
given up on scholarly debate and the democratic process in order to become
rock-star heroes of anti-Israel extremists."
Writing about the
British University and College Union
(UCU) boycott of Israeli educators and academic institutions, Dershowitz
explained how he and others "wrote an op-ed piece for the Times of London,
in which we demonstrated parallels between this boycott and previous
anti-Jewish boycotts that were undoubtedly motivated by anti-Semitism".
On another front, Roosevelt University of Chicago at Illinois fired a
philosophy and religion professor for allowing students in his class to ask
questions about Judaism and Islam. The chair of the department, Susan
Weininger, fired the professor, Douglas Giles, saying that students should
not be allowed to ask whatever questions they want in class.
Weininger said that free discussion in world religions could "open up
Judaism to criticism". Any such material, she said, was not permissible to
be mentioned in class discussion, textbooks or examinations. Further, she
ordered Giles to forbid any and all discussion of the "Palestinian issue",
any mention of Palestinian rights, the Muslim belief in the holiness of
Jerusalem, and Zionism. When Professor Giles refused to censor his students,
Weininger fired him.
One of the worst types of Zionist harassment
involves cases of Muslims generally and Palestinians in particular for
speaking out on behalf of their favourite causes. The US government has
often been complicit in these cases.
One such case involves Dr Sami
Al-Aryan who taught computer engineering at the University of South Florida
before his arrest in 2004. Al-Arian was charged with raising money and
otherwise assisting Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a group the US government
declared a terrorist organization in 1995. At trial in 2005, he was
acquitted on eight of 17 counts, and the jury deadlocked on the other
All counts were trumped up by Zionist prosecutors who wanted
to silence Al-Aryan. If anything could vaguely approach justice in this
case, the Israelis who have been slaughtering Palestinians for half a
century would have been labelled terrorists and brought to trial for
committing much worse deeds than Al-Aryan.
The gravest injustice
allows Zionists to silence honest critics for violating the Zionist taboo.