Another Academic Freedom Debate in Israel

August 23, 2010

A right-wing group is calling on Israel's Ben Gurion University to alter its political science department -- accused by the group of being too left-leaning and not sufficiently Zionist, The Jerusalem Post reported. If the university doesn't act (and it doesn't plan to), the group is threatening to discourage donors from giving to the university. One of the department's professors -- Neve Gordon -- has been a constant target for his outspoken criticism of his country's policies. While the university has been criticized by many academics for not sufficiently defending Gordon, the university also didn't fire him -- as many critics have demanded.

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