[Marxism] Witch-hunt against critics of Israel has been going for nearly 30 years

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 08:11:04 MDT 2014


the Times' follow-up editorial:
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/24/opinion/academic-not-so-freedom-at-suny.html


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> NY Times, February 8, 1987
> Professor in Zionism Affair Is Denied Tenure
> By HOWARD FRENCH
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> A professor at the State University at Stony Brook, L.I., embroiled in
> controversy since he told students in 1983 that Zionism is a form of
> racism, has been denied tenure by the Chancellor of the State University.
>
> In a two-page decision issued Jan. 30, two days before he resigned as
> Chancellor, Clifton R. Wharton Jr. rejected Professor Ernest F. Dube's
> appeal of an August 1985 decision by Stony Brook's president denying tenure.
>
> Many students and faculty members have criticized the decision, saying it
> violates the principle of academic freedom. Four faculty committees had
> recommended that Professor Dube be granted tenure, a permanent teaching
> post at the university. Critics of the decision say that he was not forcing
> his opinions on his students, but was setting out topics for debate.
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> The chairman of the school's history department, Professor Joel Rosenthal,
> headed an executive committee to review charges that Dr. Dube's course
> ''Politics of Race'' was anti-Semitic. He said of the ruling, ''It seems we
> gave in to external influences.'' He called the Chancellor ''chicken'' for
> ''allowing extramural politics to be involved in a tenure decision.''
>
> According to faculty members who have seen the decision, Professor Dube
> was informed that he would not be offered tenure at Stony Brook, but would
> be allowed to remain in the state university system if another campus
> offered him a ''continuing position.''
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> Mr. Wharton has refused to comment on the matter. But the Stony Brook
> president, Dr. John H. Marburger 3d, issued a statement praising the
> decision because it ''acknowledged the responsibility the school has to
> protect its faculty from inappropriate external influences.''
>
> Mr. Dube, who has often denied his remarks were inappropriate, refused to
> comment on the decision. Chancellor Wharton's decision not to grant tenure
> to the South African-born professor, who has taught in the school's
> Africana Studies department since 1977, overruled the recommendations of
> four separate committees that have considered the case since 1985.
>
> The president of the Graduate Student Organization at Stony Brook, Chris
> Vestudo, called the denial of tenure for Professor Dube ''outrageous,'' and
> said student leaders are ''prepared to stand behind the professor in
> whatever he decides to do, including whatever protests might be necessary.''
>
> The controversy began in mid-1983, when a visiting Israeli professor
> complained in a letter to the administration that the linking of Zionism to
> racism in the class was ''sloganeering that is practiced by the
> anti-Semite.''
>
> A university senate investigation in August 1983 concluded that Professor
> Dube's course had not overstepped the bounds of academic freedom, unfurling
> a wave of criticism from Jewish groups in the area. Governor Cuomo
> condemned the teachings on Zionism as ''intellectually dishonest.''
>
> Joseph Topek, president of the Stony Brook chapter of Hillel, a national
> group of Jewish campus organizations, said he objected to Professor Dube's
> characterization of Zionism as ''one of the three forms of racism, along
> with Nazism and apartheid.'' But he said the Jewish community on campus
> ''did not want to see this matter politicized.''
>
> The director of the Long Island chapter of the Anti-Defamation League,
> Carin Katz, said that the organization's role in the decision was ''to
> expose the anti-Semitism'' and ''whatever action taken by the university
> was their own.''
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