High Court bars Gazan students from studying in West Bank
by Tamara Traubmann, Haaretz Correspondent | Haaretz | 11 August 2007
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The High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a petition by a group of Palestinian students from Gaza against Israel's policy of barring students from the Gaza Strip from studying in the West Bank, even when there is no evidence that they pose a security threat to the state.

The decision was made by a panel of judges chaired by Justice Elyakim Rubinstein.

The petition was submitted in 2005 by a group of occupational therapy students from Gaza who had enrolled at Bethlehem University because the university of Gaza did not have an occupational therapy program. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Aug 28, 07 | 12:28 am

British Professors Approve Israel Boycott
by Rebecca Spence | Forward (Jewish Daily) | 1 June 2007
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Britainís largest teachers union voted this week to press forward with a proposal to boycott Israeli academic institutions, setting the stage for a bitter struggle to reverse the decision.

The University and College Union, representing more than 120,000 college-level educators, voted May 30 to pass a motion imploring its branches to circulate and discuss a Palestinian call for boycott of Israeli academics and universities.

At the same time, a professor in America was painting himself as the victim of an Israeli universityís own version of political blackballing. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 01, 07 | 10:19 pm

U.S. Again Denies a Visa to Swiss Muslim Scholar Who Was Barred in 2004
by ANNIE SHUPPY | The Chronicle of Higher Education | Tuesday, September 26, 2006
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The U.S. State Department has again denied a visa to Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss Muslim scholar who gave up a teaching appointment at the University of Notre Dame two years ago after he was first barred from residing and working in the country, the American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday. More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 27, 06 | 11:39 am

Rightwing group offers students $100 to spy on professors
by Dan Glaister | The Guardian | 19 January 2006
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∑ Republican graduate's site prompts witch-hunt fears
∑ 31 academics listed as 'worthy of scrutiny'


It is the sort of invitation any poverty-stricken student would find hard to resist. "Do you have a professor who just can't stop talking about President Bush, about the war in Iraq, about the Republican party, or any other ideological issue that has nothing to do with the class subject matter? If you help ... expose the professor, we'll pay you for your work."

For full notes, a tape recording and a copy of all teaching materials, students at the University of California Los Angeles are being offered $100 (£57) - the tape recorder is provided free of charge - by an alumni group. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jan 19, 06 | 10:59 am

Academics against Israel
by ALEXANDER JOFFE & ASAF ROMIROWSKY | The Jerusalem Post | 19 October 2005
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The problem of scholars injecting politics into their classroom and published works is an old one. But a powerful new article by Ofira Seliktar demonstrates that Israeli scholars - historians, political scientists, and others - have gone far beyond protesting against their state in these ways. In conjunction with pro-Palestinian and "peace" activists many have actively worked to delegitimize Israel in the eyes of the world, and have proposed its destruction. This is being paid for by Jewish support of higher education in Israel, and of organizations such as the US-based Association for Israel Studies. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 28, 05 | 3:09 pm

Christian prophetic voices face many battles
by Rami G. Khouri | The Daily Star | 12 October 2005
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Publicly supporting equal rights for Palestinians alongside Israelis has always been a risky venture in the United States, as an American professor who heads the only Middle Eastern studies center at an evangelical American university is discovering these days. The Reverend Donald Wagner, professor and director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago for the past 10 years, has had his tenure appointment blocked and, with two other prominent Palestinian clergymen, is being subjected to a campaign of criticism and vilification in the American and Israeli press. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 15, 05 | 4:27 pm

Al-Arian's case opens with questions of terror
by MEG LAUGHLIN | St. Petersburg Times Tampa Bay | 7 June 2005
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The prosecution tries to link the former USF professor to killings in Israel; the defense says there's no connection.

TAMPA - "Israel. Murder. Tampa cell. Pure PIJ."

These were the words Assistant U.S. Attorney Terry Furr repeated Monday in his opening statement in the federal terrorism trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian.

But the prosecutor did not make clear connections between the defendants and charges that they conspired to provide "material support" to terrorists who were part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization in Israel. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 12, 05 | 4:34 pm

Line Between Ideas, Aid Is at Issue as Terrorism Trial Begins
by John-Thor Dahlburg | Los Angeles Times | 7 June 2005
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TAMPA, Fla. ó A lawyer for an ex-university professor facing charges that he supported and helped finance a terrorist group in the Middle East tore into the government's case Monday, claiming that Sami Al-Arian was being prosecuted not for any illegal deeds but for expressing pro-Palestinian views.

"This case will be about Dr. Al-Arian's right to speak, your right to hear him and the attempt of the powerful to silence him," defense lawyer William Moffitt told jurors in his opening statement. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 12, 05 | 4:30 pm

Show trial in Florida: The Feds' witch-hunt of Sami Al-Arian goes to court
by Nicole Colson | The Socialist Worker, Page 2 | 10 June 2005
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AFTER MORE than two years in prison--much of it spent in solitary confinement--former University of South Florida professor and political activist Sami Al-Arian finally went on trial in Tampa, Fla., this week. There's little chance, however, that Al-Arian will be able to get a fair trial.

Al-Arian faces counts of racketeering, conspiracy, materially aiding terrorists and dozens of other charges, along with eight co-defendants--Sameeh Hammoudeh, Hatem Fariz and Ghassan Ballut, as well as five others who are being charged in absentia--in a case that began more than a decade ago.

This trial is part of the U.S. government's post-September 11 witch-hunt of Arabs and Muslims. The men are accused of using an academic think tank, a Muslim school and a charity as a cover for raising money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a group that the U.S. State Department labeled a "terrorist organization" in 1995. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 12, 05 | 1:14 pm

Which Hunt at Columbia. Targeting the University
by Joseph Massad | CounterPunch | 3/6/2005
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Targeting the university is the latest mission of right-wing forces who have hijacked not only political power and political discourse in the United States but also the very vocabulary that can be used against them. The campaign of the last three years or so to attack US universities as the last bastion where a measure of freedom of thought is still protected is engineered to cancel out such freedom and ensure that scholars will not subvert the received political wisdom of the day. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 04, 05 | 4:44 pm

CIA outrages UK academics by planting spies in classroom
by Phil Baty | Times Higher Education Supplement | 3 June 2005
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Moves by the US intelligence agency to place trainee spies secretly in university anthropology departments have sparked an international outcry in the discipline, writes Phil Baty.

Anthropologists in the UK and elsewhere fear that the exercise by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could damage the integrity of the discipline irreparably and even put anthropologists in the field at risk of physical harm as they lose the trust of the communities they study.

As part of actions taken in the US to improve intelligence gathering after the 9/11 attacks, a $4 million (£2.2 million) pilot programme was launched last year. The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (Prisp) funded anthropology students by up to $50,000 each through undergraduate courses if they agreed to work for the US intelligence services when they graduate.
Prisp students, who must not reveal their funding source, are required to attend military intelligence summer camps. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 03, 05 | 8:26 pm

Targeting the University
by Joseph Massad | Al-Ahram Weekly, Issue 745 | 2-8 June 2005
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Having usurped political power the far right has now set its sight on sabotaging the academic world, writes Joseph Massad*

Targeting the university is the latest mission of right-wing forces who have hijacked not only political power and political discourse in the United States but also the very vocabulary that can be used against them. The campaign of the last three years or so to attack US universities as the last bastion where a measure of freedom of thought is still protected is engineered to cancel out such freedom and ensure that scholars will not subvert the received political wisdom of the day.

Some of the major tactics in this campaign have been the launching of witch hunts against specific professors, calling for their dismissal from their jobs, and, failing that, smear their reputation; target Middle East Studies as a scholarly field more generally and cut federal funding to it and place it under governmental supervision, and promote apologists for Israel in the guise of scholars as the only adequate scholarly alternative. While shutting down the educational process in favour of religious theories of creationism and the like has been around for a while, the recent attack on scholars who disagree with US foreign policy and the policies of the state of Israel are the main mobilisational issues of the current campaign. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jun 03, 05 | 7:48 pm

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