Israel's academic freedom defended, while Palestine's is destroyed

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Ali Abunimah | Electronic Intifada | 10 January 2003 Following the January 5 suicide attacks, which killed over twenty people in Tel Aviv, Ariel Sharon’s spokesman, Raanan Gissin, announced that Israel would shut down three Palestinian universities, possibly including Bir Zeit, the most prestigious in the West Bank, and academic home to internationally-known Palestinians

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Don't play the nutty professor with David Irving

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Giles Coren | The Times | 14 December 2002 Professor Mona Baker, the leader of the movement to boycott Israeli academics, is in cahoots with Britain’s leading anti-semitic lunatic, David Irving. You did not know this because you do not enjoy, as I do, wandering through the lush vegetation of David Irving’s website and

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Who Hates, Ya, Baby? The Baffling Patriotism of Daniel Pipes

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Michael Neumann | CounterPunch | 7 December 2002 Daniel Pipes waves Old Glory with an air of menace. He writes stuff like “Profs Who Hate America”. He names names and asks, “Why do American academics so often despise their own country while finding excuses for repressive and dangerous regimes?” These profs, he tells us,

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The War on Academic Freedom

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Kristin McNeil | The Nation | 11 November 2002 The year since Congress passed the USA Patriot Act has brought an ever-growing enemies list from our nation’s thought police. First there was Senator Joseph Lieberman and Lynne Cheney’s American Council of Trustees and Alumni report unveiled last November–“Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing

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Profs Who Hate America

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Daniel Pipes | New York Post | 15 November 2002 AMERICANS broadly agree on two facts about the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq: its brutality and the danger it poses to themselves, especially the danger of nuclear attack. Disagreement arises primarily over what to do: Take out the regime now? Give Baghdad another chance?

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Blair vows to end dons' boycott of Israeli scholars

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Francis Elliott and Catherine Milner | The Sunday Telegraph | 17 November 2002 Tony Blair has told Britain’s Chief Rabbi that he will “do anything necessary” to stop the academic boycott of Israeli scholars at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (Umist). The Prime Minister told Jonathan Sacks during a private

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Umist should abandon boycott 'witch-hunt'

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Michael Cohen and Colwyn Williamson | Times Higher Education Supplement | 8 November 2002 The university should stop hounding Mona Baker and defend scholarly freedom, say Michael Cohen and Colwyn Williamson. Translation studies is a discipline that does not normally attract attention, but Mona Baker, a professor at the University of Manchester Institute of

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British academic publisher boycotts Bar-Ilan University

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Relly Sa’ar | Haaretz Daily | 25 October 2002 The British academic publisher St. Jerome Publishing has informed Bar-Ilan University that it will no longer sell books and periodicials to the school due to Israel’s activities in the territories. This is the second time that St. Jerome, a highly regarded Manchester-based publisher that specializes

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