Mark G. Yudof is President Emeritus of the University of California. (January 2019)


Israel and Academic Freedom: An Exchange

US student Lara Alqasem at a court hearing in Tel Aviv after her detention on arrival in Israel by the authorities on the grounds that she supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, October 17, 2018

Kenneth Waltzer and Mark G. Yudolf: The most ludicrous claim by Franke is that anti-Israel advocates on campuses are being disrupted and “purged.” There is virtually no example of an anti-Israel speaker being silenced by protesters. Criticized, yes, but not silenced. Katherine Franke: I imagine that Swarthmore Professor of Peace Studies Sa’ed Atshan would disagree. A speech he was invited to give at a Quaker school in Philadelphia was cancelled after some Jewish parents objected to his views on Israel. Not only that, the teachers who invited him were fired.