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Feb 15, 2016, 8:57 AM
Pseudo-Scholarship, Intersectionality, and Blood Libels Against Israel
Jews have been accused of harming and murdering non-Jews since the twelfth century in England, when Jewish convert to Catholicism, Theobald of Cambridge, mendaciously announced that European Jews ritually slaughtered Christian children each year and drank their blood during...
Dec 2, 2015, 9:45 PM
Women’s Studies and the Moral Vacuity of an Academic Boycott Against Israel
Seeming to give proof to Orwell’s observation that some ideas are so stupid they could only have been thought of by intellectuals, yet another academic association—this time the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)—has followed the lead of the American...
Nov 19, 2015, 10:18 PM
Campus Fascists and the Suppression of Academic Free Speech
Of the many intellectual perversions currently taking root on college campuses, perhaps none is more contradictory to what should be one of higher education’s core values than the suppression of free speech. With alarming regularity, speakers are shouted down,...
Oct 28, 2015, 7:22 PM
The Wesleyan Controversy and a Double Standard for Campus Free Speech
In what is yet more evidence that universities have become, at least where campus free speech is concerned, “islands of repression in a sea of freedom,” as Chester E. Finn Jr., a former Assistant Secretary of Education has described...
Oct 24, 2015, 10:20 AM
Students for Justice in Palestine Seeks Social for All—Except Jews, Of Course
Perhaps when literary critic C.S. Lewis despaired of “omnipotent moral busybodies . . . who torment us for our own good,” he was speaking about those well-meaning, but naïve college students who “torment us without end for they do...
Oct 15, 2015, 12:48 PM
The ‘Jerusalem Awakening’ Is about Religion, Not Politics
The carnage in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel continued this week with an increased ferocity and barbarity, with stabbings, shooting, bombings, car ramming, rocket attacks, and other assaults on Israeli citizens claiming the lives of five Israelis and...
Jul 28, 2015, 1:07 PM
What Professor Kaukab Siddique is permitted to say
The tenured professor's employer says his anti-Semitic rants are OK because they are his private views
Mar 16, 2015, 9:14 AM
Deconstructing Israel: Academics Meet to Question Israel’s Right to Exist
Seeming to give credence to Orwell’s quip that “some ideas are so stupid they could only have been thought of by intellectuals,” faculty at the University of Southampton in England will be sponsoring a three-day conference in April, “International...
Feb 16, 2015, 6:46 AM
Academic Progressivism Descends into Moral Madness
In the campus war against Israel, the all too familiar refrain from anti-Israel activists, many of whom form the loose coalition of groups and individuals spearheading the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, is that their quarrel is only...
Feb 3, 2015, 3:00 PM
The Genocidal Nature of Anti-Israel Radicalism Reveals Itself at UC Davis
In a morally coherent world, the chilling statement, “Hamas & Sharia law have taken over UC Davis,” would not have been spoken publicly, and certainly not by an elected student leader at an American public university. But in California, the veritable epicenter of...
Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, immediate Past-President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), is the author of Dispatches From the Campus War Against Israel and Jews (A David Horowitz Freedom Center book).