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I was Arrested at Columbia University in 1968: I am Cheering on the Students of Today

New York (Special to Informed Comment) – Earlier this week Columbia University started suspending the students who refused to leave the encampment they built to protest Columbia’s support of Israel’s war against Palestinians. The students had responded by occupying Hamilton Hall, mirroring the action that initiated the 1968 protests against the Vietnam War which ended […]

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“Intifada” in Arabic just means Uprising or Mass Protest; it is used for the Jewish Warsaw Uprising

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – A key feature of American bigotry toward people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and toward Muslims more generally, has been the demonization by journalists, politicians and interest groups of ordinary, everyday Arabic words. Arabic words have a proud and positive history in the English language. Consider a […]

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USC: 17 History Department Faculty Demand Resignation of President, Others, for use of Violence against Campus Community

We, the undersigned members of the Department of History, unequivocally condemn the university administration for its decision to invite riot police to campus and employ violence against our students and colleagues. On April 24, a diverse coalition of students assembled at Alumni Park to protest several things. Chief among them were: 1. The administration’s unprecedented […]

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College Administrators are falling into a tried and true Trap laid by the Right

By Lauren Lassabe Shepherd, University of New Orleans | – Interrogations of university leaders spearheaded by conservative congressional representatives. Calls from right-wing senators for troops to intervene in campus demonstrations. Hundreds of student and faculty arrests, with nonviolent dissenters thrown to the ground, tear-gassed and tased. We’ve been here before. In my book “Resistance from […]

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Our Alarm at Escalating Repression of Protest on Campuses (Middle East Studies Assn. / CAF)

Middle East Studies Association | Committee on Academic Freedom MESA Board Joint Statement with CAF concerning escalating repression of protest on campuses The Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association and its Committee on Academic Freedom view with increasing alarm the growing number of attempts to intimidate, repress, and criminalize campus protests against […]

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Expressing Outrage at USC expressing outrage over its Decision to cancel Asna Tabassum’s Valedictory Address at Commencement

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Carol Folt President, University of Southern California president@usc.edu Andrew Guzman Provost, University of Southern California atguzman@usc.edu Errol G. Southers USC Associate Senior Vice-President of Safety and Risk Assurance southers@usc.edu Dear President Folt, Provost Guzman and Associate Senior Vice-President Southers: We write on behalf of […]

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Protesting Columbia University’s Arbitrary Suspension and Eviction of Students

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Minouche Shafik President, Columbia University officeofthepresident@columbia.edu    Dennis Mitchell Provost, Columbia University dml48@cumc.columbia.edu . . . Dear President Shafik and colleagues:    We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express […]

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Condemning Vanderbilt University’s Suspension of Students Engaged in Peaceful Protest against Gaza Campaign

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Daniel Diermeier Chancellor, Vanderbilt University daniel.diermeier@vanderbilt.edu   C. Cybele Raver Provost, Vanderbilt University cybele.raver@vanderbilt.edu   Dear Chancellor Diermeier and Provost Raver:   We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express […]

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Over 1,500 North American Academics Condemn Scholasticide in Gaza

  NEWS RELEASE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8 APRIL 2024 Contact: academicsvsscholasticide@gmail.com   Faisal Bhabha, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Heidi Matthews, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Stephen Rosenbaum, UC Berkeley School of Law   Over 1,500 North American Academics Condemn Scholasticide in Gaza   Over 1,500 academics based at more than 270 […]

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Texas’ Gov. Abbott: Stop Weaponizing “Antisemitism” to Harass Campus Critics of Israeli Policy

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association | – Letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott regarding Executive Order GA-44 2 April 2024     Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Texas Governor Office of the Governor P.O. Box 12428 Austin, Texas 78711-2428   Dear Governor Abbott:   We write on behalf of the […]