Defend Dr. David Klein's academic freedom
Dr. David Klein, professor of mathematics at California State University - Northridge, has been attacked for hosting a website supporting the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) (http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/boycott.html), and for launching a campaign to not resume CSU's study abroad program in Israel, on the basis of Israel's violation of Palestinian rights and the threat of discrimination against CSU students.
These attacks have falsely labeled Dr. Klein "anti-Semitic" and demanded that his website be removed. It is important to let Chancellor Charles Reed of the California State University know that Dr. Klein's academic freedom and freedom of expression are very important and must be protected.
The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel urges all supporters of Palestinian rights, the BDS movement, and academic freedom not only to sign this petition, but also to build upon David's work, by starting campaigns to educate about the reality of Study Abroad in Israel and holding events and activities on academic and cultural boycott on March 30, 2012 at their own colleges and universities. We also encourage academics and cultural workers to sign the USACBI statement: http://www.usacbi.org/about/
For more information about Dr. David Klein: http://www.usacbi.org/2012/01/usacbi-resisting-attacks-on-supporters-of-boycott-defend-dr-david-klein/
For more information on the March 30, 2012 day of action: http://www.usacbi.org/2011/12/action-alert-national-day-of-action-for-academic-and-cultural-boycott-march-30-2012/
- Chancellor, California State University
I am appalled by the attacks taking place against Dr. David Klein of California State University – Northridge. Dr. Klein hosts an informative website (http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/boycott.html) that provides extensive resources concerning the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, a grassroots nonviolent movement initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005.
Dr. Klein is also one of the initiators of a faculty, student and staff letter at California State University calling for a Study Abroad program in Israel to not be resumed (http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/studyabroad.html), noting that it places Palestinian and Arab CSU students at a risk of discrimination based on race and ethnicity and implicates the University in Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, including the right to education.
Because of his advocacy for Palestinian human rights and international justice, Dr. Klein has been the subject of threats, harassment, and disinformation campaigns labeling him and his website as “anti-Semitic” and demanding his voice be silenced and his website removed. Such demands seek to impose fundamental violations of academic freedom upon Dr. Klein and upon all university faculty and students who communicate about and support Palestinian human rights.
I firmly support Dr. David Klein and urge the California State University to uphold Dr. Klein's academic freedom and freedom of expression.
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