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‘Who’s Behind the Hate at NYU?’ Asks New Ad Campaign

June 11, 2014 7:30 pm 45 comments
TIP ad highlighting NYU Professor Lisa Duggan. Photo: Screenshot.

TIP ad highlighting NYU Professor Lisa Duggan. Photo: Screenshot.

A new ad campaign appeared online on Wednesday, drawing attention to the New York University faculty member who heads the American Studies Association that is calling for an academic boycott of Israel.

Advocacy group The Israel Project funded the campaign.

The ad was delivered by Google AdWords on news sites and went to a landing page entitled Peace Not Hate.

The campaign asks, “Why is NYU supporting academic bigotry?”

“Last year, the American Studies Association (ASA) joined the hate-campaign against Israel by voting to boycott Israeli professors,” it said.

“NYU should have immediately pulled their funding of the group, like other universities. But NYU has continued to fund its ASA chapter.”

“By steering university funding to a group that fuels academic bigotry, NYU is betraying its students and its own commitment to academic openness.”

The webpage linked to a petition before exhorting readers, including alumni who might be worried about the school’s “good name.”

It said, “Don’t let a fringe group of haters and extremists demonize Israel and dirty the good name of NYU.”

“Tell NYU to live up to its highest principals. Add your name and email to tell NYU: Honor truth. Stop funding hate.”

While New York University’s president and provost have condemned the ASA’s boycott. the group’s new president, NYU Social and Cultural Analysis Professor Lisa Duggan, was pilloried for her stance, and muddled arguments, by Forbes Investigative Journalist Richard Behar, in a 15,000-word exposé.

The saga continued when Duggan, a lesbian, accused the veteran reporter of homophobia by noting that rather than any expertise in the Middle East, Duggan teaches ‘Queer Historiographies and Constructions of Whiteness in the United States.’

On Tuesday, Behar was awarded the ‘Story of the Year Award,’ along with The Observer‘s Ken Kurson, by the publishers of The Algemeiner.

Despite the negative publicity she drew to NYU, Duggan moved forward with a conference on campus where supporters of Israel were not invited.

TIP described the event online as “an anti-Israel conference of hate and bile against the Jewish state. The secretive conference was filled with groups and organizations dedicated to the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.”

The campaign also named the two other NYU academics on the 18-member ASA board.


  • The integrity of any Educational Facility is clearly breached if any degree of Intolerance can be shown an advocacy! Truth and Honesty is the mainstay of any Educational facility which purports to Educate!

  • james ainoris

    Spoiled psedointellectual who is disconnected from reality…..look what happens to gays and lesbians in Moslem countries….she sits safely in NYC with intense police protection from people she supports yet attempts to silence Israeli educators….crazy

  • Uh, that’s a ridiculous, useless ad. It doesn’t tell us who Lisa Duggan is, or if she’s against the hate, or responsible for the hate. And it doesn’t even say what kind of hate is even being mentioned.

    Wish the pro-Israel people behind this stuff put more intelligent thought into their ads. Random people seeing this ad will just ignore it. A better ad would stick up for Israel right on the ad somehow, and clearly label who/what the problem is.

    This ad is unclear by looking at it what it’s even referring to, and most of the people seeing it might think Lisa Duggan is trying to stamp out hate.

    99% of people who view ads don’t click on them. And wont learn more.


  • Professor Duggan gets my vote of confidence. Instead of demonizing and delegitimizing her, maybe those in opposition to the American Studies Association Boycott should discuss how as Americans we can remain true to our beliefs in the freedom of speech and and at the same time support Israeli intransigence toward Palestinian Academics in prohibiting freedom of speech and travel,etc. We can’t. It’s that simple. The two are mutually exclusive. What we need to discuss is nothing less than full equality, Israeli and Palestinian, alike. Without that, as Americans we have an obligation to Boycott the Occupying Powers.

    • Wow, I like your philosophical stance, but the facts don’t support it.

      PA academics have freedom of speech in Israel, but not under there own regime (see articles on one Al Quda professor’s class tript to Auschwitz, for which he was forced to resign.) As that shoes, they do travel, and most Israeli universities also have Arab academics, including Technion, “Israel’s MIT,” whose valedictorian last year was a Muslim woman.

      Palestinians suffer from inequality under their own regime – that is the point missed in the ASA analysis. They are not citizens of Israel, because they insist they don’t live in Israel – “they live in Palestine” – so why should Israel give them passports?

      Incredibly, the ASA saga shows how our liberal ideas have been co-opted by fascist regimes (the PA is fascist because it believes in the primacy of its continued existence rather than the rights of its people) and well-meaning American intellectuals haven’t got their noses dirty in real books about the real facts to see that Israel defends human rights, a society of laws and creates opportunity, like what we say we do here.

      IMHO, Duggan should stick to opinions based on what she has a doctorate in, and a welcome NYU to create new panels and conferences by professors in Middle East Studies, Middle East Languages, Jewish History, World History and Arab History to present some better analysis than the slop the ASA has foisted upon us all.

    • Of course, you spew your liberal hate veiled with empty platitudes, you’re just another antisemitic person!

    • You are obviously a small minded ignoramous who is biggoted and
      stupid. Stuff it!

    • Here is the problem of our age: that it has come to be believed, by mindless liberals, that “full equality” is a *given*, rather than something you EARN. A *given*, even in the event that the proposition regards what amounts to a gigantic terrorist group, the remains of Hitler’s Mufti’s Jew-killers (through the line of nephew Yasser Arafat and the Nazis’ Francois Genoud) that have done nothing in the world but create chaos, and hold western governments hostage, doling out blackmail payments in exchange for their “cooperation”; a group that has made its place as the extortionists and disrupters of the world. “Full equality”, where it concerns Israeli Jews and so-called, fictitious “Palestinians”, is a ludicrous joke, and anyone who believes in it is a flagrant, ignorant fool.

  • Oh vanities of vanities, The Lord of flys has invaded the holy land. He stands in the holy place saying I Am God, warship me and my followers. It’s as if he is drawing Islamic maggots to fresh meat. In conjunction with the article of Lisa Duggan he raises the gay flag at his temple in Israel, the U.S. Embassy. The beast is in your midst.

  • Julian Tepper

    Shame on you, NYU.

    Are you not better than this?

    What has happened to you, and why?

    Of what are you afraid?

    Why are you not dedicated to truth and integrity?

    Why do you tolerate and employ persons who are Jew-Haters?

    Please demonstrate your adherence to preserving the idea of “never again,” lest it be gone with the wind, swept away by re-risen Jew-killing acceptance. j

  • Robert B Geller

    Once again, a very easy solution to stop the bigotry and hatred spewed by Duggan and send a clear message to the President and Provost and Board of NYU. The alumni should stop sending money, clearly stating that until NYU changes its policy towards the boycott, no money will be flowing, Jewish donors should stop building buildings and supporting programs at NYU, and parents should not allow their children to go to an institution that clearly does not value Jewish heritage and Israel. Lastly, Jewish faculty should make it clear that they will not support an institution that supports the boycott against Israel.

    If Jews finally stood up and supported Israel more than a hate-filled bigoted “professor” of gender studies, changes will occur. Amazing how Jews will be the first to boycott the LA Clippers because of racial comments by its owners, but will do little to boycott NYU!

  • Organize a massive protest with marchers carrying signs and chanting loudly. Make sure the press is there. Give these people a taste of their own medicine.

  • Edward Beck

    Between my parents, wife and late brother we have seven degrees from NYU. We have friends and cousins with many degrees from there. We had dedicated a sizable portion of our estates to leave to the college. However because of these events and others at the school which clearly mark the end of NYU’s safe haven for Jewish students and faculty, a good bit of money has been rededicated from NYU to other educational institutions and programs to combat the new emerging antisemitism. We have informed them of this because of their new unacceptable practices. From all accounts, NYU has become morally corrupt.

    • Have you advised the University’s board of directors or alumni association your decision?

      If not, you should.

    • Edward: You need to contact multiple people at NYU and clearly state this to them.

      Don’t just post about it here and then silently withdraw. Explain, clearly, to NYU why.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Okay, the entire thrust of this situation is about the boycott movement on the NYU campus. Then, out of the blue, the lesbian card? She is really grasping at straws because she knows her position is indefensible.

  • Why are so many trans-gender people so obsessed with antisemitism (it cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be classified as purely anti-Israelism, given the current situation in the Middle East)? There is clearly a link between unorthodox sexuality and racism.

    Josephine Bacon

  • If true that this Duggan is a Lesbian,then in Gaza she would have been a part of Gaza’s street theater where gays get special treatment,they are trown from high rise buildings,dragged behind SUVs etc etc……

  • What you absolutely must understand, this is about the children of hell (sodomites)vs. the children of God. Foundationally sodom, even though it may be inadvertent….though no less dangerous to Israel… the fifth column, the Trojan camel which prepares the way for jihadists to go for Israel’s jugular. The jihadists want to exterminate all religious Jews, whereas the sodomites hate anything God like. They represent, when joined at the neck, the perfect storm for the eradication of all Jews, Christians, and all the rest of the people on earth that oppose their agenda. That is why the bible refers to them as the beasts militia. They are little beasty minions working for Dark Vader.

    • Well then, after they get through eradicating all the Jews and Christians, they’re in for a hell of a time with the Moslems! It’s really kind of funny! Israel is the only place in the middle east that does not persecute and murder their gay citizens! You’d think that an “academic” would know that 😉

  • stop all donating immediately. do not fulfill pledges and cancel all forms of trusts underwritten by wills. it has to be immediate and a tsunami of catastrophe for nyu. that’s how things get changed. fast. unless you want these Jew haters aka brain dead sewer rats to prevail.

  • My definitive statement: SUE, SUE, SUE. Sue everyone even remotely involved. Aren’t there enough wicked-good Jewish lawyers in New York to handle this?! Sue this bitch’s tits off, and don’t stop ’til you’ve strafed every last bugger who’s involved in this *hate crime*. Lesbians know about HATE CRIMES; don’t they? Well, this character is involved in a hate crime, and it’s time someone let her know it. File criminal charges against her, and slam her with a rockin’ lawsuit. And file a whopping lawsuit against the university. End of story. (If I were paying for *my* Jewish kid to go to that school, to suffer such harassment, you can bet I’d be suing them!).

  • Here’s the irony: that New York academics have traditionally been mostly Jewish.

  • Julian Clovelley

    I’m afraid this article does not actually seem to represent the true situation but rather seeks to highlight a personal attack on an individual

    As is made clear on its site, the ASA decision was submitted to an internal referendum. No individual is alone responsible for the policy and on that basis a reasonable target for directed venom: ASA writes:

    “The members of the American Studies Association have endorsed the Association’s participation in a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. In an election that attracted 1252 voters, the largest number of participants in the organization’s history, 66.05% of voters endorsed the resolution, while 30.5% of voters voted no and 3.43% abstained.

    The election was a response to the ASA National Council’s announcement on December 4 that it supported the academic boycott and, in an unprecedented action to ensure a democratic process, asked its membership for their approval.”

    In an earlier article ASA records:

    “The resolution is based in part on a United Nations report that the current Israeli occupation of Palestine has adversely impacted students whose development is deformed by pervasive deprivations affecting health, education and overall security.

    The resolution cites ASA’s stated support for academic freedom and exchange in calling for a boycott of Israeli universities which are deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights and in its denial of the right to education and academic freedom to Palestinians, in addition to their basic rights as guaranteed by international law.”

    The headline of the article by Levitt is inflammatory, and in my opinion inaccurate, in that it ignores the democratically conducted referendum, personalises the boycott as individual hatred, and ignores the fact that, whether one agrees with it or not, the resolution has a basis in human rights and in publicly acknowledged Israeli disagreement with International Law and UN resolutions.

    The ASA explains its position further as follows:

    “The ASA’s endorsement of the academic boycott emerges from the context of US military and other support for Israel; Israel’s violation of international law and UN resolutions; the documented impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian scholars and students; the extent to which Israeli institutions of higher education are a party to state policies that violate human rights; and finally, the support of such a resolution by a majority of ASA members.”

    I would have thought publishing the ASA’s statements was essential to a balanced article. Confusing opposition to the present policies of a Conservative Israeli Government with antisemitism, and with general attitudes to the Israeli and Jewish Communities as a whole, seems grossly unfair – not least to those Communities themselves. This is a political dispute and not a race hate campaign. Nor should it be incited by any party to turn into one. My personal bias would likely have been to abstain.

    • Julian Tepper

      Of course it is, as you put it, “a race hate campaign,” run by Jew-Haters, a description that I prefer over anti-Semites.

      The proof? The easily-proven lies that epitomize the ASA statement that you assert should have been included in the article. j

    • BDS is a campaign that gathers support by gross distortions and demonization of Israel, yet you try to frame it as political in yet another tiresome exercise in windbaggery.

  • Why is this bitch not fired yet? How much more damage will she do?

  • Steven Wenick

    Uber-Liberalism is the refuge of choice for the denizens of the hate Israel only crowd. They bask in the light of their own hubris yet they remain in the dark. Some are naive, some are foolish, some are misguided, some are anti-Semitic and some are self-loathing Jews.

    What a sad and miserable herd of Lemmings are the whole lot of them.

  • NYU supports academic bigotry due to pervasive neo-liberalism that contaminated higher education. NYU’s Jewish alumni should withdraw support from the university until it defunds the un-American Studies Association. And Jewish NYU students should transfer to Israeli schools, where they would receive an intellectually honest education.

  • I wonder how long Hamas would let her spew and coo in the Gaza before they fed her to the camels?

  • Kudos to this campaign exposing the anti-Israel Duggan and her likeminded haters on campus.

    Public ridicule is a strong deterrent, she/they won’t change, but others may be turned off and not join them. Also, lack of financial support to NYU from donors is a critical component to shut this vile onslaught down.

    The more public shaming the better -any and all publicity criticizing her and her cohorts, the better.

  • Steven Kalka

    According to Prof. Duggan, lesbians can do no wrong. Me thinks she suffers from logic phobia.

  • sadly too much of academia has been infiltrated by a very closeminded group who often trace their roots to SDS Weathermen, Black Panthers etc. We have seen people on the FBI wanted lists, convicted felons and murderers finding cover teaching in colleges. For example Lenny Handlesman a Weather underground bomb maker was hidden in a Southern University. They can not allow free speech since their own bias and bigotry will be exposed

  • Rhett Vorster

    I love Israel and we that love Israel must fight for right. And those who love Israel must realize that Jesus said in John 15:18 (Complete Jewish Bible), ‘If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first.’ Christ was speaking to Israelis. Let us keep that in mind when we get discouraged.

  • Don’t know why these so called academics and higher education students support muslim savages.

    • In answer to your question, it is not hypocritical for left-wing fascist Communists to collaborate with right-wing fascist Islamists – Hell calls to Hell.

      • The Palestinians and Muslims supported the Nazis. They are united in their antisemitism and hate. The Pope also supports the Muslims. It meets their short-term needs.

        • Sorry, your thinking is wrong about the Pope. He brings people together but maybe you are blind too? Maybe you didn’t see that ? hmmm

          • The Pope brings people together? Really? Do you also believe in the tooth fairy?

    • Because they are so open-minded that their frigging brains are falling out!

  • Throw her out of there – there’s no room for hate. Would NYU have David Duke teaching kids?

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