Professor Strips Thesis of Judith Butler Sourcing, Calls for RDS – ‘Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship’ – to Oppose BDS (INTERVIEW)

February 11, 2014 6:17 pm 34 comments
Israeli artist, playwright and professor Dahn Hiuni. Photo: Dahn Hiuni.

Israeli artist, playwright and professor Dahn Hiuni. Photo: Dahn Hiuni.

Israeli artist, playwright and professor Dahn Hiuni on Tuesday said he launched a new movement called RDS – Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship – to encourage academics to revisit their work to excise references from scholars who have since lost credibility as public intellectuals because of their bias against Israel and support of BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanction movement, that threatens to isolate and punish Israel.

In Hiuni’s case, his attempt to remove any mention of University of California at Berkeley professor Judith Butler from his 2005 doctoral thesis at Penn State was met with resistance by the school — “though, they had probably never had such a request,” he admitted to The Algemeiner in an interview — so he began circulating a strongly-worded addendum via email and on the Internet, where it has received echo from other scholars also fed up with the anti-Israel tone from reflexively left-wing colleagues on campus.

Hiuni described RDS as “anti-BDS and pro-Israel,” in general, and included the following conclusion:

I am a proud Jew and a proud Israeli. I come from an historic, beautiful and friendly country that has given much to world civilization. In its recent reincarnation as a modern state, Israel continues to bestow its gifts—scientific, technological, literary, artistic and academic. I brought my intellect, inquiry and scholarship to Penn State, as well as my sense of social justice to help improve the campus community in the four-and-a-half years I was there. Had I known of Judith Butler’s unconscionable politics, as they were brewing, I never would have included her writings along with mine. Let it be known to any reader that I lament the inclusion of biased and socially irresponsible writers in my dissertation, and I am confident that history will vindicate me… I hope that you will join me in this struggle against bias in academia, and wherever else it may surface.

In the nine years since Hiuni published his thesis, Judith Butler has been accused of “trying to use ‘Jewish ethics’ to prove that Zionism is illegitimate,” by pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon, for example, while Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East analyst and adjunct scholar at the Foundation for Defense for Democracies and the Middle East Forum, wrote, in an article published by The Algemeiner entitled, ‘The Voices of BDS,’ that Butler now “loathes Israel to a point where she has unapologetically whitewashed Israel’s foes, labeling Hamas and Hezbollah [now recognized internationally as terrorist groups] as ‘social movements that are progressive, that are on the left, that are part of a global left.’”

At the time he was working on his thesis, Hiuni told The Algemeiner, Butler’s recent political views weren’t in the forefront.

“My PhD is in art education, focusing on the history of performance art in the 20th century, so the chair of my thesis committee suggested I refer to Butler’s work, and it was natural that I would look to her research and refer to it, as her specialty is about rhetoric and comparative literature, not about the Middle East,” Hiuni said. “What’s called her credibility into question is really because of her extra curricular activities, and I’d have to say that I’m particularly angry with her right now.”

As Butler’s critics have pointed out, as does Hiuni in his “Addendum,” Butler is a Jewish, lesbian intellectual, who might thrive within Israel, but could be stoned to death by the very same Hamas or Hezbollah parties that she supports.

“Obviously, my request for Penn State to allow me to remove references to her work is symbolic, really a political gesture, and I was hyperbolic and dramatic about it to make this point. But, really, even having her name associated with my writing makes me very ashamed,” Hiuni said.

“Of course, nine years later, for Penn State to get an email from me out of the blue, actually a chain of emails to get to the right person, to add a one-page retraction, even just to slip it into the thesis in the middle of the night, was met with bafflement. They never had anything like this before — probably the typical change request being for a clerical correction, and probably within a year of publishing, and I think they could tell from the tone that this was something more than a typo.”

“One administrator suggested I write the editor of  the student newspaper, which I appreciated, while the dean of the graduate school thought I should write a blog,” he said. “But I thought this was a very explosive issue, and a very personal one, and I decided to make a statement, with my statement.”

Hiuni said he was frustrated with the relentless Israel bashing in the academic environment and felt that his pro-Israel and pro-Jewish views had made him a pariah on his own campus. In fact, Hiuni said, he left two better-paying, tenure-track teaching jobs to be able to maintain his independence and pro-Israel stance in his art. He is now working as an adjunct professor for the School of Visual Arts, in New York, and teaching occasionally at the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology and in online programs for the State University of New York and for Shepherd University. Meanwhile, his independence may also be better for the art world as Hiuni is able to produce and exhibit artwork and performance pieces and write screenplays that adhere to his vision of humanity, uninterrupted by the many anti-Israel voices he’d once encountered on campus.

Son of the late Israeli film producer and writer Amatsia Hiuni, known for the movie ‘Three Days and a Child,’ which won the Cannes Award for best actor, Hiuni said the differences between his father’s generation and today’s couldn’t be more stark.

“I’m an Israeli, born in Tel Aviv, and my parents were Sabras, and we left Israel in the early 1970s, and moved to New York City then Canada, where I grew up. My father was a filmmaker, and he, himself, studied in New York City in the 1950s, and when his film won at Cannes, in 1967, [Israelis] were the darlings of the world.”

“Now, in one generation, I never thought I’d live to see the day, but it feels like Germany in the 1930s.”

He described the anti-Israel phenomena on campus as “perfect for all the lefty professors who know nothing about this area, no matter what field they’re in, but it props up their politics, their self-righteousness and it’s really affected my career. I feel so uncomfortable now in academia, and in terms of tenure track positions, I’ve walked away from two, as I felt that I could only do what I believe from the outside, because academia is ground zero for this new anti-Israel, anti-Semitism.”

Even in the New York theater world, Hiuni spoke of the frustratingly limited impact of speaking out. In one example, he mentioned the play, ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie,’ about an activist who was killed while standing too close to an Israeli bulldozer, that was to be performed at the prominent New York Theater Workshop.

“It’s a very unsympathetic play and supporters of the theater, mostly Jewish, threatened to withdraw funding and they actually cancelled it, but that’s rare, and what was a very poisonous anti-Israel play is simply performed elsewhere, and now, translated into dozens of languages, spreads hate around the world.”

What New York City needs now is a venue that does not reflect that “ultra-left” point of view, but the opposite, he said, “as the time of Jewish or Israeli-themed plays or Israel-themed artists has really come and gone in New York — now is the time when people need to take a stand, especially because it’s unpopular.”

His own recent artistic work has been informed by a historical understanding of Jews and Israel, and by his own “moral code.” His last play was performed in 2013, in New York. Titled ‘Murmurs and Incantations, it is described on the play’s website as telling “the story of a gay, New York performance artist with creative block who fatefully travels to Poland in an attempt to revive his art career, only to be further confounded by the disapproving ghost of his grandfather, a rabbi killed in [his synagogue during] the Holocaust.”

“It was really an amazing experience to be able to bring up some of these issues in a public performance, about the ghost of my grandfather, really, and the historical consciousness, the moral consciousness, a need to witness, to continue, to integrate our world with the past,” Hiuni said.

Hiuni said, as “a gay man of a certain age,” his earlier work dealt extensively with the AIDS crisis of the 1980s as he tried to use his art to tell the important stories of his time. His next play will deal with a gay love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian.

“Now I’m turning my attention to what I find is going to be my responsible role in all this. It can’t just be about me, about my aesthetic responsibilities. We’re in this bizarro world where everything is backwards, but we have to keep our sanity and prevail,” he said.

Having spent years within academia, Hiuni says he has learned the language of the left, “their crazy post-modern language,” and he has made a point of emailing his “Addendum” far and wide to other professors to let them know their words have repercussions.

At the root of it all, he says, what he’d like to know is how there came to be so many professors like Judith Butler: “I am very frustrated with their ambivalence, people who have never even been to Israel,  a Jew, a lesbian, an intellectual, faulting Israeli democracy and praising its opposite, Hamas or Hezbollah. The world has gone mad, but it’s our duty as artists to find ways to tell the truth.”

Professor Dahn Hiuni’s full Addendum about retracting Judith Butler’s references from his doctoral thesis is posted below:

An Addendum To My 2005 Doctoral Dissertation

As an Israeli artist and scholar, and as a secular liberal humanist, it is a source of great anguish for me to know that one of the writers to which I refer in my doctoral dissertation turns out to be a rabid anti-Israelist, anti-Zionist and, for all intents and purposes, an anti-Semite.

According to her vocal activism, Judith Butler, Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that Israel is a colonialist occupier and an inhumane oppressor.[i], [ii] She and others like her often equate Israel with South Africa, mischaracterizing it as a violent Apartheid state.[iii]

Butler’s views are manifestly acted upon through her support of the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose aim is to continually vilify and isolate various aspects of Israeli society—especially academia.

Such characterizations of Israel, propagated by Butler and her cohorts, amount to biased, false propaganda. When Butler expresses such views, she betrays a lack of knowledge of the ancient and modern Israel, one that represents dangerous ignorance at best, and at worst—willful, ideological erasure.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex one. Butler seems to lack both an informed historical context and basic, on-the-ground factual information needed to make fair observations. (She is of course a professor of rhetoric and comparative literature, and not a scholar of Middle East history.) This leads her and her cohorts to reduce challenging geopolitical conflicts to surprisingly simple binaries of oppressor and victim, good and evil[iv]—the kind of binaries poststructuralists like her generally disavow.

One wonders: what makes Butler deviate from her own espoused philosophies on this particular issue? For someone so familiar with critical theory, she is a strangely uncritical critic of my country. And yet there is much irony here. The country Butler vilifies is the only thriving democracy in the Middle East where someone like her—a woman, a lesbian, and a political agitator—would be protected. The people in whose name she purports to speak, however, would oppress, punish and possibly put her to death merely for who she is.

In light of this selective blindness, it can only be surmised that Butler et al are operating with a special kind of bias, a scapegoating that is all too familiar to students of history. To those who would distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, I retort there is no difference: to be anti-Israel is to be anti-Jewish. Israel is the Jewish state.

Of course, the other great irony is the fact that Butler herself is Jewish. Despite this fact, she seems to have little to no appreciation for her people’s history and the kind of deep memory and moral responsibility it entails. Instead, she opts to identify with neo-Leftist academics whose zealous and sanctimonious policing of global injustices have cultivated this special and disproportionate animosity toward Israel. Instead of allowing her own persecuted status as a Jewish lesbian to inform a subtle, empathic interpretation, Butler seems to preemptively apologize for her own academic success and social acceptance by self-effacingly criticizing her own people—a classic and all too common unconscious self-hatred (See Marx, Arendt, Chomsky, etc.)

To appease her colleagues and ostensibly to ensure her status, she performs this brand of self-righteous academic extra-curricular activism. Unfortunately, Butler’s behavior is symptomatic of the false sense of security that many American Jewish intellectuals suffer, now 70-plus years removed from the gas chambers of Europe. As though it could never happen again.

Apparently, it bears repeating: The Jewish people have a painful history. Centuries of exile, persecution and violence culminated in the well-organized European Holocaust. This finally lead the community of nations in 1948 to help re-establish the State of Israel where it had always been, two millennia before the advent of Islam or the Roman word Palestine. And while Jews agreed to share the land with the peoples who had since taken up residence there in their absence, their unfriendly neighbors rejected the offer. Israelis have been fighting ever since to safeguard their extremely small country, the only viable safe haven away from historic European anti-Semitism and now its Western and Islamic manifestations.

Therefore, Butler’s characterization and neat distinction between Israel as colonialist and exploitive, and Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘leftist’ and ‘progressive’ (her words)[v], [vi], [vii] is bizarre as it is fundamentalist. Her strange sympathies with and tacit activism on behalf of such known terrorist organizations calls her understanding, judgment and therefore her scholarship into question. If she is interested in colonial land-grabbing and oppression of a native people, she could start much closer to home.

Butler is of course not alone. She is a product of American and European academia, where, to prove their grasp of and allegiance to ‘progressive politics,’ many a provincial professor cynically and expediently jumps on the politically correct bandwagon of the decade. In this particular case, ground zero for this misguided and dangerous anti-Zionism has indeed been California institutions of higher education,[viii], [ix] where Butler has used her tenure to help breed a resurgent and virulent anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism from the Left. The rhetoric is couched in the guise of an erudite, theoretical, post-colonial, multiculturalist critique and, needless to say, is delivered in a lather of postmodern gibberish so self-referentially incoherent it could be termed anti-social. The half-baked, ahistorical ideations that brew there tend to metastasize through self-congratulatory academic publishing and conferences, and had indeed reached Penn State by the time I was there.

So uncomfortable has the situation gotten in academia, with both veiled and overt anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hostilities, that I can no longer remain silent. That is why I have decided to start my own movement called Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship, or RDS. This movement calls on all academics to examine and re-examine ongoing and completed research, for questionable sources, and where necessary, to retract and disavow portion that originate with biased writers—however veiled or fashionable their speech. While dissertations and theses cannot be changed after their publishing, addendums may be added, like this one.

I am a proud Jew and a proud Israeli. I come from an historic, beautiful and friendly country that has given much to world civilization. In its recent reincarnation as a modern state, Israel continues to bestow its gifts—scientific, technological, literary, artistic and academic. I brought my intellect, inquiry and scholarship to Penn State, as well as my sense of social justice to help improve the campus community in the four-and-a-half years I was there. Had I known of Judith Butler’s unconscionable politics, as they were brewing, I never would have included her writings along with mine. Let it be known to any reader that I lament the inclusion of biased and socially irresponsible writers in my dissertation, and I am confident that history will vindicate me.

Dahn Hiuni, MFA, PhD

New York City

February, 2014


[i] Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes, “The Discourse of Terror: An Interview with Judith Butler,” in Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism (London: Pluto Press, 2013). [ii] Judith Butler, “No, it’s not anti-Semitic.” London Review of Books 25 no. 16 (2003): 19-21, accessed February 6, 2014, [iii] Corey Balsam, “Judith Butler to speak at Israeli Apartheid Week in Toronto,” rabble.ca, March 4, 2011, accessed February 6, 2014, [iv] Judith Butler. Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012), 210-213. [v]  “Judith Butler on Hamas, Hezbollah & the Israel Lobby (2006),” radicalarchives, January 13, 2014, accessed February 6, 2014, [vi] Seyla Benhabib, “Ethics without Normativity and Politics without Historicity On Judith Butler’s Parting Ways. Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism,” Constellations 20:1 (2013): 150, accessed February 6, 2014, DOI: 10.1111/cons.12028. [vii] Richard Landes and Benjamin Weinthal, “The Post-Self-Destructivism of Judith Butler,” The Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2012, accessed February 6, 2014, [viii] Larry Greenfield, “The Rise of Campus Anti-Zionism in California,” inFocus Quarterly Winter (2008), accessed February 6, 2014, [ix] Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, “Anti-Zionism and the Abuse of Academic Freedom:  A Case Study at the University of California, Santa Cruz,” Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs, January 5, 2009, accessed February 6, 2014.

34 Comments

  • There are so many Judy Batlers!…
    One of us…
    U do an important job
    Will be happy to help!

  • Arafat, an Egyptian, became leader of the Palestinians in the 1960s and used the rhetoric of the time: Racism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, anti-war, etc. This was an era when the left won many of its battles, and today’s left can relive the heady success of yesterday by supporting the Palestinians who still use Arafat’s 1960s terminology with the West and quite a different terminology with each other: Dhimmi people, Waqf, Islam, the first and only religion, inheriting refugee “rights,” Hudna, etc.

    In looking for security, the left is helping to create a world they couldn’t even live in.

  • Joseph Silver

    Dear Dahn Hiuni,

    A fantastic message, and really needed.

    Thank you for your courage in speaking truth to power.

    Because, G-D Knows, the leftist Israel-haters seem to have the power on American campuses.

    But I must disagree that it is only anti-Semitic; I believe that we in Israel are being targeted because we represent the Western, and especially American, virtues of freedom, openness, personal rights, political rights, and successful quality of life which the Islamo-fascist world finds so threatening and needs to destroy, so that it can feel good about itself and it’s failing system.

    And the anarchist-leftists, in their sick hatred of the Western freedoms which give them the ability to spread their poison, will support those who would slit their throats in a second, if they dared to actually go to those countries/regions/areas.

    Imagine the treatment that would be meted out to Lesbian Jewish (and no doubt, Atheist) Judith Butler, in “Liberal, Leftist Hamas-controlled Gaza” or even in the ‘more tolerant’ PLO-controlled Judea & Samaria (so-called PA).

    Amira Hass, the Lesbian self-hating Israeli Jewish journalist, daughter of self-hating Holocaust survivors, dare not bring her German lover to her Ramallah apartment, in case the ‘peace-loving ‘Palestinians’ will kill them both; so she enjoys her lover’s presence in their apt. in ‘EVIL Israeli-occupied’ Jerusalem.

    With all the filth in Academia, you Dahn Hiuni, are a welcome breath of fresh air. G-D Bless you.

  • Professor Hiuni added some bricks to the growing wall against undiluted, plain jew-hatred, very thinly disguised as a legitimate political debate on the Israeli – Arab conflict. Judith Butler is in good company: Mrs. Ashton in Brussels, Mr. Ahmadinajad in Teheran and all the rest of their kind.
    Israel has outlived worse barking dogs and it will outlive Judith Butler.
    Professor Hiuni’s work will enrich human knowledge while all Judith Butler will leave behind will be an obscure name on a gravestone.

  • Great going Dahn! I am so proud and delighted that there are incredibly talented and decent people like you. There are too many disgusting BDS morons out there. They don’t deserve respect. They don’t deserve to be employed by universities.

  • Bravo Dahn Hiuni! I hope many others take courage and join him. Yet, they should know that left wing intolerance has ruinously dominated academia since the 1970s. So, academia sees no other “reality”. Good luck! This will take a sea change to be effective. Will it take another 40 years to reverse?

  • Whether Jewish or not, any person of integrity has an obligation to act and speak out against lies and racial prejudice. We have learned to our bitter cost what can happen if we don’t.

    What I have written is not new or foreign to the USA.
    Between 1819 and 1891 the US poet James Russell Lowell spoke out against SLAVERY and wrote:

    They are slaves who fear to speak
    For the fallen and the weak;
    They are slaves who will not choose
    Hatred, scoffing and abuse,
    Rather than in silence shrink
    From the truth they needs must think;
    They are slaves who dare not be
    In the right with two or three.

    No, this is not a recruitment for the BDS. It refers to those pathetic souls who hate Israel and their own people.

  • Thank you for printing this article and with Gods help may this movement grow and grow and grow!

  • Bravo. Having never cited Butler, I have nothing to retract (and I do research in areas where she’s often cited), sorry. Her views on Israel are repugnant, of course, but she’s also done a great deal to ruin academic writing. The influence of her jargon and obfuscation is rampant.

    Alex Lubet
    Professor of Music
    University of Minnesota

  • Dahn, I admire your commitment to the truth. Unfortunately the western world has forsaken the truth and turned to the web of lies that is evil. The bottom line is always the same and has been for the last 2000 years. As long as Israel was weak, vulnerable and dependent, the non-Jews could tolerate it. Once Israel turned a barren land into a showpiece these same people became determined to destroy her. Israel was never meant to withstand the onslaught of millions of Muslims attacking her in 1948. Not in 1956 and certainly not in 1967. Underneath it all is the same hate for Jews because Jews received the Torah (bible) and the blessing from God to be a special people with a special mission – to bring all of mankind closer to that one God. Jews like Butler who do not understand who they are, are basically insecure fools looking to be liked by non-Jews. It’s a serious flaw brought about by 2000 years of persecution in endless countries. If they could just keep their thoughts to themselves I would just pity them. When they choose to disseminate these lies, it’s time to expose them for who they are. Good Luck

  • hi all,
    i’ve just set up an open/public Facebook group (RDS – Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship), until we set up a proper website.
    please join us and share/disseminate widely.
    thanks for your support-
    dahn

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/357204564419845/

  • The professor does make an interesting point, beyond the wholly valid but simple answer of new Anit-Semitism, what is it about Israel that make supposedly enlightened people like Butler so insecure as to hinge all their other values, goals and or ideas on?

  • Bart A. Charta

    What Butler and her ilk need is an academic teaching sabbatical in Gaza or Beirut. One would think she ought to love and appreciate a sabbatical surrounded by leftist, progressive movements like Hamas or Hizbollah.

    Ya think maybe they’ll even find her a husband or wifey?

  • Hi Dani I wanted to leave a letter of support on your site but not able too. So thank you for this excellent article, it’s a shame that some of the worst Anti-Semetic attacks actually come from those who deny their nationality and have lost touch with their Jewish Roots.
    I love Israel and everything Jewish and know for a fact as research will show that the world would be far poorer in all Academic,Scientific, Arts, Literature, Medical Research etc. The fact is that Israel has more of her people at the Top of the Worlds professions than any other nationality and that speaks of a Nation who are Blessed indeed.
    God bless you Dani and all who stand with Israel
    Shalom Israel we love you

  • Dahan. I wish you well. You should perhaps, look for a support group. Zionist activists all over the US who can exchange with you material and opinions especially how to frame your reactions to be relevant to the US left. After all, it is the US Liberal Left who are being corrupted by radical extreme leftists looking for a cause after the ‘murder’ of the Soviet Union and China adopting hated free market economy capitalism.

  • I wrote to thank him.

  • BDS — really stands for “Bias, Dishonesty, and Sanctimoniousness” — and so we should tell the world!

  • Retractions and Disavowals in Scholarship – What a great idea, indeed! RDS could expose the intellectual dishonesty of scholars, who are deficient concerning the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

  • Thanks Dr. Hiuni for excellent discourse! You have such a sharp and great mind which definitely had great impact on my personal perspective on Israel. About time to push hard against the darkness of lies and hateful speeches against Israel.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    It would be nice if all Jewish organizations get together to have one voice condemning this horrible bias and repeat it hundred of times. To join together and write about it in major newspapers several times a year. The bias people repeat their poison daily. Goebels the minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany said: if you repeat a lie people will believe it.

    • The sad problem is that many Israeli Leftist Universities could be sympathetic to the BDS movement and may even support the BDS movement privately because they cannot do so openly. We do not even know if these Universities are instigating the BDS against Israel in the first place.

      We were going to make substantial donations. We were looking in the future to have even paid for the a full building at a University.

      I sent the letter to one of them with their point man in my country. Six months later, there is not a single peep from the said Uni. I feel that they could rather walk away from the desperately needed funding than make meaningful changes.
      I will be spending my moneys on Im Tirsu who defend Israel instead of an Israeli University. I have instructed all my high networth friends about this.

      • Joseph Silver

        Contact Ariel University in the Shomron.
        They are surely not leftist.
        Similarly, Bar Ilan U.
        Maoz Azaryahu at Haifa U. is also a Zionist, but Haifa U. itself can be ‘problematical’. TAU, Ben Gurion U, and especially Hebrew U. are likewise
        ‘problematical’.
        Good Luck, and Thank you for supporting Israel.

  • Hey – does anyone else want to get ahold of this guy and add your voice to his – start a new movement?

    I sure do – and I would appreciate it if someone would tell me how I can do that!

    Thanks…

    • Algemeiner Staff

      Professor Dahn Hiuni can be contacted via his website http://www.dahnhiuni.com/ and his email address dahnhiuni(at)gmail.com.

      • hi folks, thanks for your support.
        as soon as i set up a website, i will post the url here.
        if anyone is interested in helping me, or is a websites wizard, let me know.
        thanks-
        dh

        • Well started. I read last night in Jewish Press that 3 Israeli cabinet ministers (we know them well) were left out of a meeting because of their suspected ties to BDS funding etc. The article was by Yori Yanover.

          The desire here not to condemn others, but to stop the disease of condemning Israel in the name of ‘liberalism’ ‘modernism’ etc. So please create the website and let’s get going to fight this epidemic plague.

        • Hi
          Also a facebook page which can be shared

    • I would like to do that. We need a movement to point out that U.S. University departments in many cases will not tolerate any person who speaks up to defend Israel and its right to exist just like any other nation and defend itself. The code word is “Progressive,” which has come to mean a Leftist who hates the United States and Israel. In the U.S. few will admit to hating Jews but in Europe that is allowed in some countries for Muslims under the excuse of multiculturalism. Also a right wing fascist anti-Jewish movement is emerging and in many cases flexing its muscles again all over Europe. The Simon Wiesenthal Center works tirelessly to defend Jews under increasing attack not only in Israel but also around the world. You can join the organization with a $50.00 dollar donation.

      I wish there was a local organization to join to fight antisemitism around the world and locally. I live in the Detroit area. I urge college students to unite in a pro-Israel group. Anyone attending university should ask for school funds. I believe pro-Israel Jews must find others with similar views whether these defenders of Israel are Jewish or not. The common denominator must be support for Israel and a commitment to fight all forms of antisemitism.

      I think we should support Professor Dahn Hiuni and should be praised for his courage. Too many Jewish professors won’t stand up against the BDS movement or fend the right of Israel to exist.

      It’s ironic that Jews like Butler are enemies of Israel. So many Jewish lesbian academics join in or even lead movements against Israel. A Jewish lesbian would be stoned to death or murdered by radical Muslims in Iran or Saudi Arabia or even here if they are allowed to gain power. In addition to that it would be best for Ms. Butler to hide her true nature in many European countries and in Russia as well. In Israel and the U.S., Jewish and non-Jewish lesbians have the right to live freely and openly, especially in the rarefied and elite circles academics like Butler travel in.

  • Wow- I have watched in silent horror as the left has taken over academia. As a scion of the left, only recently having “woken up” from the left’s and liberal politic’s “received wisdom” regarding how things should work, I have been amazed, concerned, and often fearful of not only how far they have swung on the political pendulum, but their ever worsening attachment to the vilification of and enmity towards Israel. Reading this piece awakened my hope that there is still coherence and sanity remaining somewhere out there. It mirrored most of my silent beliefs regarding how this is being played out. Bizarro world indeed!!! Thank you Dahn for renewing my belief that there may still be some remnant of intelligence in academia.
    Barry Newman, MD, MBA

  • Awesome! Well stated!

  • I hope this movement catches on.

    • The German minister Goebels also said the bigger the lie the more people will believe it. The BDS lie is getting so big that everyone is starting to believe it.

      I would like to email Professor Hiuni, but all his contacts are blocked and mail is being returned.

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    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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