Boycotts, Israel, Freedom of Speech ~ Neve Gordon
It turns out ~ unsurprisingly ~ that Gordon is taking considerable heat for his essay. Most directly, according to this story in Ha'aretz, both Israeli Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar and Prof. Rivka Carmi, the President of Ben Gurion University where Gordon teaches, have condemned him. (Ironically, the same story suggests that American Jews are threatening to withhold financial contributions to the University.) I disagree with Gordon on matters of strategy but not on ultimate objectives. That said, I think it is important to speak up in Gordon's defense. This is especially true to the extent that Sa'ar and Carmi go beyond disagreeing with Gordon and begin to threaten his job. On this I agree with the reasons Steve Walt offers here. It is important, in other words, for the integrity of Israeli Universities and it is important for the (endangered) diversity of views in Israeli politics. Should you be inclined to speak out on Gordon's behalf, you can find out how here at The Nation.