Joe Zias is being sued in Israel by Simcha Jacobovici because of Joe's outspoken criticism of several of Simcha's projects. We, the undersigned, publicly call on Mr Jacobovici to drop his lawsuit.
1- Because suing persons with whom one disagrees over ideological matters and scholarly issues is inappropriate.
2- Because Joe Zias certainly isn't the only person to object to Mr Jacobovici's various 'findings' and thus shouldn't be singled out in what for all appearances looks to be a simple vendetta.
3- And though we certainly understand that every person is free to travel legal avenues to redress wrongs, we feel that this suit simply harms the field of academic research and may stifle dissident voices to variant theories.
4- If successful, Mr. Jacobovici's (who according to all accounts is a humorous and engaging person) action may inadvertently choke out dissident voices by means of monetary threatenings and academics simply cannot sit by and allow that chilling effect on scholarship to take place.
Therefore, again, we the undersigned simply and collegially request that Mr Jacobovici abandon his lawsuit.