Category: BDS

Alumni: An Untapped Resource Against BDS No Longer

Alumni: An Untapped Resource Against BDS No Longer

By Mark Banschick A group that I helped form, Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), has begun organizing alumni nationwide to restore their respective alma maters to what they should be: civil marketplaces of ideas, and spaces that soundly reject hate speech, including antisemitism. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel has had a head start, and many students, professors and administrators are already intimidated. Why focus on a ...

Alums for Campus Fairness Oberlin Chapter "Oberlin Alumni Against Anti-Semitism" presses Oberlin Board for action on Professor Joy Karega

Alums for Campus Fairness Oberlin Chapter “Oberlin Alumni Against Anti-Semitism” presses Oberlin Board for action on Professor Joy Karega

ACF's Oberlin Chapter uncovered Karega's anti-Semitic posts early in 2016. After an unsatisfactory response from President Krislov, the ACF alumni reached out to the Board of Trustees, whose chairman strongly condemned Karega's posts and called for a prompt investigation. This summer, seeing Karega's name still listed in the Fall 2016 course catalog, our chapter contacted the Oberlin Board. Subsequently, it was announced that Karega has been placed on paid leave and will no longer be advising or teac ...

More on the conspiracy theories of Oberlin’s Joy Karega

More on the conspiracy theories of Oberlin’s Joy Karega

Since ACF’s previous post on the initial media coverage of the controversy about Oberlin professor Joy Karega’s social media posts, several additional and very notable commentaries and reports have been published. Under the title “3 More Totally Crazy Things Oberlin Professor Joy Karega Appears to Believe,” The Tower revealed evidence showing that in addition to antisemitic conspiracy theories, Karega “has used social media to express preposterous beliefs on other subjects as well.” One example is ...

The controversy about Oberlin professor Joy Karega

The controversy about Oberlin professor Joy Karega

The Tower, a site focused on news and commentary about Israel and the Middle East, recently featured a post revealing that Joy Karega, an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College, “has written and shared a series of Facebook posts claiming that Jews or Israelis control much of the world and are responsible for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo attacks and the rise of ISIS.” Karega’s promotion of various conspiracy theories was documented in screen shots, and it was noted that “[t ...

Discrediting academia in solidarity with Jasbir Puar’s demonization of Israel

Discrediting academia in solidarity with Jasbir Puar’s demonization of Israel

By Petra Marquardt-Bigman Supporters of the BDS campaign that singles out Israel for boycott, divestment and sanctions have been circulating a letter addressing the “Controversy concerning Jasbir Puar’s Talk at Vassar.” The letter responds to  a recent  Wall Street Journal (WSJ) op-ed  entitled “Majoring in Anti-Semitism at Vassar” by Mark G. Yudof and Ken Waltzer; it denounces the op-ed by the two respected academics as “ugly” and rejects the “heinous and misinformed attacks [that] are the direct ...

Demonizing Israel Stürmer-style at Vassar

Demonizing Israel Stürmer-style at Vassar

By Petra Marquardt-Bigman Vassar advertises itself as “a highly selective […] liberal arts college” that has “[c]onsistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.” In recent years, however, Vassar has attracted much critical coverage for extreme anti-Israel activism that included some antisemitic incidents and created an atmosphere where anyone “voicing a pro-Israel view” risks being branded “a fascist, a racist, a colonialist and morally compromised.” How this atmosphere i ...

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