We Will Not Be Silenced – The Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics

William I. Robinson (editor); Maryam S. Griffin (editor)

Publisher: AK Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 280
Released: Apr 11, 2017
ISBN-13: 9781849352765

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“It is perhaps no surprise that as Israel drifts towards repression and reaction within, and becomes increasingly isolated internationally as a result of the harsh and criminal occupation, its informal lobby in the US becomes more desperate to stifle free and open discussion of the state they seek to protect. Efforts of the kind sampled here . . . are as deplorable as they are predictable, and should be dismissed with contempt, and strongly opposed.” —Noam Chomsky

“These testimonials provide a stunning and all too familiar portrait of the extent to which the forces that suppress free speech and academic freedom are at work in the US university system to stifle those who would call for social justice in Palestine. . . . These voices must be heard.” —Bishop Desmond Tutu

As criticism mounts over Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and international law, campaigns to silence and repress those who speak out against Israeli apartheid and US complicity have grown alarmingly. Scholars have been denied jobs, refused tenure and promotion, rejected for funding, and expelled from institutions, while student organizations have faced harassment and sanctions. We Will Not Be Silenced offers thirteen powerful, firsthand testimonials from scholars and students whose struggle to defend their academic freedom and free speech has garnered widespread public and international attention.

William I. Robinson is professor of sociology, global and international studies, and Latin American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Maryam S. Griffin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis.


Preface: Richard A. Falk

Foreword: Cynthia McKinney

Introduction: William I. Robinson and Maryam S. Griffin: The Israel Lobby and Academic Repression

Chapter One: David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi: The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics

Chapter Two: Terri Ginsberg: They Shoot Tenure, Don’t They?: How I crossed the borders of acceptable academic discourse on Holocaust film and the question of Palestine, and never came back

Chapter Three: William I. Robinson: My Ordeal with the Israel Lobby and the University of California

Chapter Four: The Irvine 11: Power, Punishment, and Perseverance

Chapter Five: Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton: A Problem Grows in Brooklyn

Chapter Six: Rabab Abdulhadi: Speaking Truth to Power: Advocating for Justice in/for Palestine

Chapter Seven: David Delgado Shorter: Hanlon’s Razor Cuts Both Ways

Chapter Eight: Persis Karim: The Intolerability of Intolerance

Chapter Nine: Joseph Massad: Responding to Columbia University’s McCarthyism

Chapter Ten: David Klein: A Multiyear Zionist Censorship Campaign

Chapter Eleven: Nadia Abu El-Haj: Some Thoughts on Facts, Politics, and Tenure

Chapter Twelve: Max Geller: Censoring and Sanctioning Students for Justice in Palestine

Chapter Thirteen: Lisa Rofel: A So-called Self-Hating, Anti-Semitic Jew Speaks Out

Chapter Fourteen: Steven Salaita: Interrupted Destinies: Before and After the Forthwith

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