Letters of Protest & Support

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August 2014Letter to UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise in support of Professor Steven Salaita, fired by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for criticizing Zionism and Israel.

August 2014 – Endorsement of the “Stop Israel at the Port! Zionism isn’t welcome in our Town!” action in Oakland, California scheduled for August 16, 2014.

May 2014Letter to San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong in support of Ethnic Studies Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, who has come under attack from right-wing Zionist pressure groups.

February 2014 – Letter (p. 1; p. 2) to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio inviting him to visit Palestine/Israel, following his declaration to AIPAC of his unflagging support for Israel.

February 2014Open Letter to the New York State Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that they not pass A.8392, a bill that would defund state-run colleges and universities that spend state monies on faculty participation in academic organizations which have endorsed boycotts of countries that “host” New York State institutions.

December 2013 – Endorsement of an Open Letter to Tel Aviv University calling for a boycott of the academic conference, “10th International Tel Aviv Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies: Cinematic Traces of Things to Come,” sponsored by the Tel Aviv University Department of Film and Television.

December 2013 – Endorsement of a petition issued by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation thanking the American Studies Association National Council for voting to endorse and honor the Palestinian civil society call for the academic boycott of Israel.

December 2013 – Endorsement of the Al-Awda New York Solidarity Statement in support of Al-Awda-NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition as it defends itself in a civil lawsuit aimed at targeting and persecuting community activists and leaders through the coordinated efforts of state agents and Zionist organizations.

December 2013 – Endorsement of the Complicitats que maten/Complicities that Kill Manifesto against the collaborative agreements between the University of Vic (Catalonia) and Israeli universities.

October 2013 – Endorsement of petition to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade requesting, in solidarity with the Arab American Action Network, that she stop the federal indictment of, and drop immigration fraud charges against, Arab American activist and organizer Rasmea Yousef Odeh.

August 2013 – Endorsement of “Do Not Apply” to Hebrew University Open Letter requesting that scholars respect the academic boycott of Israel and refrain from applying to a tenure-track faculty position opening in communication and journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

April 14, 2013 – Endorsement of Open Letter to the University of Manitoba Students’ Union from the Canadian Students’ Association for Palestine, concerning the Students’ Union’s decision to revoke the student club status of the University of Manitoba’s branch of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), and further to ban SAIA from operating in “UMSU spaces.”

January 31, 2013Letter to Brooklyn College in support of Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine panel event on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.[see blog post on Mondoweiss]

January 20, 2013 – Endorsement of Open Letter to supporters of the Forest of German States in the Negev addressed to the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Lord Mayer of Esslingen, and the Active Youth Welfare Organization, asking them to withdraw their support from the Forest of German States project of the Jewish National Fund. [see signatories list]

October 31, 2012 – Endorsement of Open Letter to New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asking her not to support the Cornell-Technion Partnership

September 24, 2012 – Endorsement of Open Letters to Morphosis Architects, Inc. and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP protesting development of Cornell NYC Tech

April 25, 2012Statement in Support of Student Speech on Palestinian Rights

February 17, 2012Letter to Baylor University in support of Professor Marc Ellis

January 24, 2012Letter to the University of Pennsylvania in support of PennBDS and the 2012 National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] Conference

September 12, 2011Letter to the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCA) in support of “A Child’s View from Gaza” art exhibit

May 6, 2011Letter to John Jay College for Criminal Justice in support of playwright Tony Kushner

February 1, 2011Letter to Brooklyn College in support of graduate instructor Kristofer Petersen-Overton

July 25, 2008Letter to North Carolina State University on behalf of Dr. Terri Ginsberg

June 10, 2007A Message from Howard Zinn on behalf of the Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism

2 Responses to Letters of Protest & Support

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