Philanthropic coercion strikes Jewish studies – and the academy at large

Philanthropic coercion strikes Jewish studies – and the academy at large

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I n the fall of 2019, a prospective donor to my university handed me a list of six demands. The demands were printed on letterhead marked “StandWithUs” – an advocacy organization established in 2001 to support Israel. With close ties to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is one of several right-wing pro-Israel organizations that regard university campuses as the front line in a fight against anti-Zionism and the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement. Continue reading “Philanthropic coercion strikes Jewish studies – and the academy at large”