We Will Not Be Silenced

We Will Not Be Silenced : The Academic Repression of Israel's Critics

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As criticism continues to mount over Israel's violation of Palestinian human rights and of international law, campaigns to silence and repress those who speak out against Israeli apartheid have grown alarmingly.

College and university campuses across the United States now find themselves centre stage in this conflict over free speech: targeted by the Israel 'lobby' for the critical content of their scholarship, academics have been turned away from jobs, denied tenure and promotion, rejected for funding, and even expelled from institutions, while student groups like the 'Irvine 11' have faced harassment and sanctions.

From establishment figures like Richard Falk and former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, to professors, postgraduates and activist alumni, We Will Not Be Silenced contains thirteen testimonials from those whose struggle to defend their academic freedom has garnered widespread public and international attention.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 23mm | 294g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399460
  • 9780745399461

Table of contents

Foreword - Richard A. Falk

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

1. The Trial of Israel's Campus Critics - David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi

2. 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 - Terri Ginsberg

3. My Ordeal with the Israel Lobby and the University of California - William I. Robinson

4. Power, Punishment, and Perseverance - The Irvine 11

5. A Problem Grows in Brooklyn - Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton

6. Speaking Truth to Power: Advocating for Justice in/for Palestine - Rabab Abdulhadi

7. Hanlon's Razor Cuts Both Ways - David Delgado Shorter

8. The Intolerability of Intolerance - Persis Karim

9. Responding to Columbia University's McCarthyism - Joseph Massad

10. A Multiyear Zionist Censorship Campaign - David Klein

11. Some Thoughts on Facts, Politics, and Tenure - Nadia Abu Al-Hajj

12. Censoring and Sanctioning Students for Justice in Palestine - Max Geller

13. A So-called Self-Hating: Anti-Semitic Jew Speaks Out - Lisa Rofel

14. Interrupted Destinies: Before and After the Forthwith - Steven Salaita

A List of Resources

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About William I. Robinson

William I. Robinson is professor of sociology, global studies, and Latin American studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He has lectured widely at universities around the world on contemporary global affairs and is active in several social justice movements. Among his many award-winning books are Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (2014), and Latin America and Global Capitalism (2008). Maryam S. Griffin is a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis. She holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.
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Review quote

'The insightful and captivating testimonials in this book are ... not just about challenging the 'Israel exception to free speech'; they are also about protecting civil liberties and democratic rights at large against the ominous rise of McCarthyism 2.0' -- Omar Barghouti, Scholar and Co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

'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, targeting the academic world, 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 U.S. university system' -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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