Howler of the Month (archive)
"We are seeing a horrifying attempt to shut down the space for freedom of speech in Western societies around Palestine. They are not just shutting down people who support Hamas. They are shutting down people who say anything positive about Palestine in American universities or in the media."
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, on the reaction to Hamas's murder of over 1,400 Israelis on Oct. 7, 2023. From an interview with Daniel Finn: "We Are Seeing a Horrifying Attempt to Shut Down Speech Around Palestine"; Jacobin, Oct. 31, 2023. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"Academics in U.S. universities are far more radical in many ways than the people who run some of the Arab Muslim countries."
William Jacobson, founder of the Legal Insurrection website and clinical professor of law at Cornell University, in a discussion with the Breitbart News Network about the impending vote by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on whether to adopt BDS as its official policy. Interview posted at SoundCloud, December 19, 2021. (link to source)
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