It was the morning after the last presidential debate and social media chatter was focused on the “mute button” and the prowess of Kristen Welker, the moderator.
The National Day of Action Against the Criminalization and Censorship of Campus Speech organized by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) began successfully with the first scheduled event of the day at the University of Massachusetts — Boston. The topic was: We Will not Be Silenced: The Repression of Academic Freedom and Resistance, from Leila Khaled to UMass Boston.
Professor Heike Schotten (Political Science/USACBI), the moderator of the webinar, evaded the Zoom mute button applied to the University of Hawa’ii the day before and to New York University (NYU) later that day. (An event at the University of Leeds was also censored, but nine of the events went forward in full, despite multiple threats of censorship.) …
Zooming out of the pernicious grip of corporate tech giants and universities alike, faculty members at several US campuses are courageously modeling resistance for their students.
“You do not need to be an expert to put on this webinar. USACBI will provide you with all the resources you need to put together a thoughtful, informed, content-rich 1-hour webinar. There will be a menu of options in our sample curriculum to choose from. And you should create an event that is doable and tailored to needs of your particular campus, time-frame, and political situation and needs.”
The above comes from the Call to Action October 23: We Will Not Be Silenced! Against the Criminalization and Censorship Of Campus Political Speech organized by US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). …
It’s not Israel but Palestine that is the locus of my late aunt Salma’s (also spelled Selma; Arabic: سلمى الماضي) body and soul, of “the real I myself,” as Walt Whitman has it.
So, it was a shock to me to learn that a page called “ מוזיאון הנשים בישראל The Israeli Women Museum” on Facebook shared an announcement of her death in Haifa at the age of 94 that my sister, the writer and publisher Taghreed Najjar, had posted with a brief tribute to her.
In 1948, the year of Palestine’s Nakba, my late aunt Salma, daughter of the al Madi family of Ijzim, Haifa, was a newly-wed young woman of 22 on a trip to Egypt with her husband. I finally got to meet my aunt for the first time in my life in the early 1970s, an occurrence made possible by the monstrous occupation of the West Bank by Israel (prior to 1967, Palestinians in exile in Jordan could not get permits to enter Palestine). Seeing how shocked I was upon experiencing the Hebrew-dized Palestine around me in Haifa, she explained to me how Palestinians had first to throw away Turkish language books in favor of English and now Hebrew. But they kept their Arabic books close to them — under military rule (1948 through1966) and in separate and unequal schools. …