We Will Not Be Silenced

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

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This book is a collection of first-hand testimonials by scholars and students in the United States who have been targeted for persecution by the Israel lobby over the content of their teaching, scholarship and activism with regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Palestinian freedom struggle. 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 and US complicity have grown alarmingly. College and university campuses across the United States now find themselves at the centre stage of this conflict over free speech: scholars have been turned away from jobs, denied tenure and promotion, rejected for funding, and expelled from institutions, while student organisations have faced harassment and sanctions. We Will Not Be Silenced contains thirteen testimonials from scholars and students from a variety of backgrounds, whose struggle to defend their academic freedom and free speech has garnered widespread public and international attention.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745399479
  • 9780745399478

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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, 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 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)show more

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.show more

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 Indexshow more