Students Supporting Israel in Support of Professor Jason D. Hill of DePaul University

Students Supporting Israel in Support of Professor Jason D. Hill of DePaul University

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This morning we’ve learned from an article at The DePaulia that “DePaul University Faculty Council is expected to vote on a resolution condemning professor Jason Hill’s article on the “moral right of Israel” to annex Palestine during its May 1 meeting.”

We would like to express our outrage at this decision’s cowardliness and double standard. While hundreds of articles demonizing Israel or call for a one state solution that would end Israel are published on campuses nationwide and go unnoticed, it is an article of a faculty member that’s critical of terrorism and that calls out the problematic Palestinian moral stance that gets the writer accused of “an abuse of his academic freedom” in a resolution to be voted on later today.

This so called “Resolution on Academic Freedom and Responsibility” is yet another bizarre example of Students for Justice in Palestine and other anti-Israel groups on campuses trying to police and silence thoughts other than their own. In some cases from around the country, these groups physically disrupt events of Israeli or pro-Israel academics. This time they are trying to sensor and shame an academic scholar via a resolution.

Nowhere in Hill’s article does he advocate for “war crimes and ethnic cleansing, and give voice to racism with respect to the Palestinian populations… as well as Arabs generally.” In addition, the “real harm his words have caused to students and other members of our community” is a blunt made up accusation, as the only so called “harm” Hill’s article caused is to challenge the points of view of the writers of the resolution. In addition, this resolution contradicts itself by affirming “free and open expression as essential to intellectual inquiry” yet a few paragraphs down “condemns in the strongest possible terms both the tone and content of Professor Hill’s article.”

We call on the groups and faculty who are behind this resolution to withdraw it and stop the absurd hypocrisy of invoking “freedom of speech abuse” when such speech does not align with your personal views. Academic settings are created to allow a marketplace of opinions, but your actions abuse these principles.

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