(photo: A classroom in Gaza destroyed in Israelâs 2014 attacks. Credit: Active Stills, Basel Yazouri)
U.S. President Donald Trumpâs recently announced executive order would continue his dangerous attacksÂ on hard-fought democratic rights.
Abusing federal funding toÂ bully universitiesÂ into suppressing academic freedom and freedom of speech in support of Palestinian rights under international law isÂ anti-democratic and anti-Palestinian.
Palestinians call for cutting institutional ties with Israeli universities because they are partners in Israelâs apartheid regime and its crimes against Palestinians.Â Israeli universities are complicitÂ in designing, implementing, justifying and whitewashing Israelâs system of racial oppression.
This order is not about combating antisemitism, but rather stifling criticism of Israel and ebbing the steady growth of accountability measures coming out of US campuses that give Palestinians hope.
We have no doubt that principled academics and students will continue to stand up to attacks on the rights to education and academic freedom,Â wherever they may occur.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)