Criticism of List of Allegedly Anti-Israel Professors

October 2, 2014

A group of Jewish studies professors has issued a statement questioning a list that a pro-Israel group has issued of faculty members it considers anti-Israel, The Forward reported. The AMCHA Initiative, the pro-Israel group, released the list last month, based on public statements and other online information about various professors, saying that it was important for students to know about the views of these faculty members. But the statement from Jewish studies professors questions the validity and appropriateness of the list. "It goes without saying that we, as students of anti-Semitism, are unequivocally opposed to any and all traces of this scourge. That said, we find the actions of AMCHA deplorable," the statement says. "Its technique of monitoring lectures, symposia and conferences strains the basic principle of academic freedom on which the American university is built. Moreover, its definition of anti-Semitism is so undiscriminating as to be meaningless."




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