Berkeley Reinstates Palestine Course After Protests

A course which was labelled anti-semetic has been reinstated at Berkerley. (Photo: via Twitter.com)

The University of California, Berkeley, has reinstated a course on Palestinian history following its  suspension last week.

The school’s dean announced the decision after the course description was revised by the lecturer.

“Palestine: A Colonial Settler Analysis” course was suspended by social science dean Carla Hesse after receiving a complaint from Jewish and civil rights groups that the course syllabus appeared to describe a politically motivated, anti-Semitic class.

Activists responded by protesting against the decision saying it threatened academic freedom.

Paul Hadweh, a student who teaches the one-unit course, said he was not told that the course had been suspended.

“The university threw me under the bus, and publicly blamed me, without ever even contacting me,” Hadweh said.

He added, “To defend the course, we had to mobilize an international outcry of scholars and students to stand up for academic freedom. This never should have happened.”

The dean responded by saying that she suspended the class for review after discovering that neither she nor the chair of the ethnic department had seen or approved the course syllabus.

(MEMO, PC)

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