Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 9:41am
In a stunning public move that may draw much criticism, Dr. Cornel West
-- probably the most well-known and renowned U.S. public intellectual
-- has called on the University of Arizona (UA) to divest from
corporations profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement and occupation
of Palestine as well as from the racist practices -- particularly
attacks on Ethnic Studies -- against immigrant and indigenous peoples in
AZ and nationwide.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 6:01am
The Middle East is a long way from Tucson. But is there a parallel between the struggles of people there and Ethnic Studies students in Arizona? A presentation at the U of A Thursday night says, "yes"; at least where Palestinians are concerned.
The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area's Jewish Community Relations Council interfered in an academic conference last week called "Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?" at the UC Hastings College of the Law.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:15am
This past week, rabbis across the country received a request from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to sign a public rabbinic letter to Congress that urged our Representatives and Senators not to cut any foreign aid to Israel as part of the FY2012 budget. The request was co-signed by the rabbinical leaders of four major American Jewish denominations.
As rabbis who received these appeals for our endorsement, we would like to voice our respectful but strong disagreement to the letter. We take particular issue with the statement:
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 6:05pm
“This same type of protest has been conducted in other parts of the
country by Jewish and Israeli students, without any severe consequences
for the protestors,” explained Estee Chandler, “It is clear that the Irvine 11
are being targeted because of their cultural and religious background.”
The Forward has a profile today of Jewish Voice for Peace, "JVP, Harsh Critic Of Israel, Seeks a Seat at the Communal Table," in which they get a lot right. But the subheader, "But Its Refusal To Support ‘Two States’ Prevents Acceptance" is wrong.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 7:36am
The SJP divestment campaign has received an overwhelmingly positive
response. In last week’s two afternoons of tabling, SJP collected over
two hundred signatures for a general public petition. Before the
campaign even went public over seventy faculty members had signed an
open letter to TIAA-CREF CEO and President Roger W. Ferguson, arguably
among the most political acts by NYU faculty in recent years.