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Weaponizing Antisemitism

Why we must maintain our focus on the agonies of Gaza and the West Bank, denouncing them and calling for an end to Israel’s assaults. By Ellen Cantarow and Jennifer Loewenstein | – ( Commondreams.org ) – All of us—and we are legion across the worldmust keep our eyes on the genocide in Gaza, as […]

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Washington U.: Protesting Severe Beating by Police of Prof. Steve Tamari, Arrest, Suspension of Faculty and Students

Committee on Academic Freedom | Middle East Studies Association Dr. Andrew Martin Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis admartin@wustl.edu . . . We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our shock and revulsion at the brutalization by the police of […]

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This Generation’s Vietnam: Students are Protesting Israeli Genocide, meeting Media and Political Vilification

Chicago (Special to Informed Comment; Feature) – Pitching Pro-Palestine protest encampments on their campuses, students risk their futures and physical safety by putting their bodies on the line, demonstrating against their Universities fueling the Israeli war machine. Administrators have responded with consequences not imposed en masse for decades: suspensions, expulsions and arrests. These brave anti-genocide […]

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Media Coverage of Campus Protests focuses on Spectacle, rather than Substance

By Danielle K. Brown, Michigan State University | – Protest movements can look very different depending on where you stand, both literally and figuratively. For protesters, demonstrations are usually the result of meticulous planning by advocacy groups and leaders aimed at getting a message out to a wider world or to specific institutional targets. To […]

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The Right is weaponizing Antisemitism to Distract from Israel’s Atrocities and Smear Campus Protests

By Helen Benedict ( Tomdispatch.com ) – Helicopters have been throbbing overhead for days now. Nights, too. Police are swarming the streets of Broadway, many in riot gear. Police vans, some as big as a city bus, are lined up along side streets and Broadway.  Outside the gates of the Columbia University campus, a penned-in […]

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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 […]