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Academic Freedom Under Attack at UC Hastings College of Law

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In the latest of a series of attacks on academic freedom concerning the question of Palestine, the UC Hastings College of Law recently bowed to pressure from the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, removing its name from a conference that it hosted on Palestinian rights and canceling a speech that its dean was to deliver to the gathering. Despite protests from students and faculty, school directors have so far refused to comment or explain their decision.

George Bisharat is a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco & a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies.

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University & author of six books on Palestinian history and American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Cecilie Surasky is Deputy Director of Jewish Voice for Peace and founder of MuzzleWatch, a website dedicated to "Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy."