BREAKING NEWS: Abraham Foxman pushed UC-Santa Barbara to investigate professor

April 28, 2009

Anti-Defamation League’s national director personally pressured UCSB representatives to act against faculty member

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman held a confidential meeting in early March with University of California officials on campus to pressure them to investigate charges of “anti-Semitism” against sociology professor William I. Robinson.

The meeting included Dean of Students Michael Young, a second dean, and at least seven faculty members.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Scholars condemn attack on academic freedom at UC-Santa Barbara

April 28, 2009

Noam Chomsky and international scholars demand dismissal of “anti-Semitism” charges against sociology professor

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SANTA BARBARA — Internationally renowned author and linguistics professor Noam Chomsky has added his voice to a campaign by dozens of scholars worldwide to demand that the University of California at Santa Barbara cease its investigation of “anti-Semitism” charges made by the Anti-Defamation League against sociology professor William I. Robinson.

Noam Chomsky and international scholars demand dismissal of “anti-Semitism” charges against sociology professor

Noam Chomsky and international scholars demand dismissal of “anti-Semitism” charges against sociology professor

Robinson introduced materials critical of Israeli state policies in a course on globalization in January. They included a photo essay that he forwarded to students from the Internet and that had been circulating in the public realm. The photos compared images of Israeli abuse against Palestinians during the recent military invasion of Gaza with Nazi abuses during the holocaust. Two students took offense at the images and withdrew from the course, prompting the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to demand that the university investigate Robinson for “anti-Semitism.” Read the rest of this entry »