$16.00 donated in past month
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine Following Outcry
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Course Examining Palestine through Lens of Settler Colonialism Nearly Censored
University of California Berkeley (Cal) reinstated a student-led course on Palestine on September 19, following an outcry over its arbitrary suspension the previous week. The suspension, taken in apparent response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups, was widely condemned -- by students, professors, and observers -- as a violation of academic freedom, shocking, and unjustifiable.
The organization Palestine Legal sent a letter to Cal Chancellor Dirks on September 16, on behalf of Paul Hadweh, the student facilitator, warning that the suspension infringed on First Amendment rights and principles of academic freedom. The letter demanded immediate reinstatement and an apology to the students. Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science, Carla Hesse, announced in a statement that the course is reinstated.
“I hope we can now focus on the challenging intellectual and political questions that this course seeks to address,” said Paul Hadweh, the course facilitator and Cal senior whose family is originally from Bethlehem.
“I await an apology from Chancellor Dirks, and Dean Hesse,” explained Hadweh. “The university threw me under the bus, and publicly blamed me, without ever even contacting me. It seems that because I’m Palestinian studying Palestine, I’m guilty until proven innocent. To defend the course, we had to mobilize an international outcry of scholars and students to stand up for academic freedom. This never should have happened.”
Read More: UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine | UC Berkeley Suspends 'Palestine' Course | UC Berkeley Censors Course on Palestine and Settler Colonialism
Despite Artists' Opposition, Israeli Government-funded Show Starting at Lincoln Center (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 25th 11:07 AM
Army Kills A Third Palestinian on Friday Saturday Jul 22nd 8:34 PM
Abbas Suspends Contacts with Israel over Al-Aqsa Mosque Saturday Jul 22nd 8:32 PM
Come and See: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in a Time of Struggle Tuesday Jul 18th 3:56 PM
Current campaigns for achieving justice here and in Israel/Palestine Saturday Jul 8th 9:40 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 30, 2017 Monday Jul 3rd 9:35 AM
Film Screening, 3000 Nights Wednesday Jun 28th 8:56 PM
Lawsuit Against SFSU is Culmination of Years-Long Suppression Campaign Targeting Palestine Advocacy Tuesday Jun 27th 11:24 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 23, 2017 Monday Jun 26th 5:14 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 16, 2017 Saturday Jun 17th 5:04 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 9, 2017 Friday Jun 9th 11:55 PM
This Week in Palestine, June 2, 2017 Thursday Jun 8th 7:33 PM
Palestinian Hunger Strike Officially Suspended After Reaching An Agreement (1 comment) Tuesday May 30th 7:28 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 26, 2017 Tuesday May 30th 10:15 AMMore News...