Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Where are the howls of outrage from Western professors over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's persecution of academics following last year's failed coup? Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Campus Watch/Middle East Forum fellow A.J. Caschetta exposes the double standard of academics who call to boycott democratic Israel, while remaining silent on increasingly dictatorial Turkey.

In Turkey, academics are currently at the mercy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who demands their compliance and threatens dissenters. After last July's failed coup (for which Erdogan blamed an American scholar), a series of emergency decrees have specifically targeted Turkish academia.

One would think this assault would raise ire from Western ivory towers, but as Turkey slides deeper into totalitarianism, academia yawns. The failure of many professors to stand up vigorously and publicly for what they profess is especially notable in those whose careers are focused on the demonization of Israel through various attempts to destroy Israel by suffocating it economically.

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