Israeli Officials Intervene to Remove US Academic Who Criticized Israel

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Photo: Carolina Culler, via Wikipedia)

Israeli diplomats put pressure on the dean of a US university to remove a teacher who criticized Israel, using allegations of antisemitism, The Middle East Monitor reported.

Details of the intervention by Israeli consular officials, in what has been slammed as another example of the gross interference by a foreign state, were reported on September 28 by The Intercept.

Israeli consular officials arranged meetings with a dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remove a graduate student, Kylie Broderick, from teaching the history department course called ‘The Conflict over Israel/Palestine’, according to The Intercept.

Details of the visit by Israeli officials are said to have been exposed by two UNC professors who had knowledge of the meeting.

The intervention by the Israeli officials followed a pressure campaign by right-wing pro-Israel websites and an advocacy group who pointed to postings Broderick had made on Twitter, in which she was critical of Israel and Zionism. Without evidence, the Israeli officials cited the postings as evidence of antisemitism, The Intercept noted.

“I think that a representative of a foreign government attempting to police an academic class is, in the first place, ridiculous, and an obvious overreaction to what is essentially an issue that started on Twitter,” The Intercept reported Broderick as saying.

“I also think it is strange that the Israeli consulate general was granted an audience. If this was a class on Hungary or Australia, would the university have permitted the attempted interference of a foreign government? The fact that this meeting happened at all is clearly a threat to academic freedom,” Broderick added, according to The Intercept.

Over the past few years, there has been a concerted campaign to conflate antisemitism with criticism of Israel using the adoption of a highly controversial definition of racism known as the International Holocaust Definition of anti-Semitism.

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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8 Comments

  1. Outrageous behaviour by the university and the Israelis! First of all, the smear of ‘Antisemitic’ is a fake, since Israeli leaders are Zionist, abusing the Holocaust as PR tool! Zionists spit on the Torah in all they do! They are NOT VICTIMS, they are criminals, murdering freely. The university gives Israelis access because they are afraid of GETTING SMEARED as well! It’s the same reason American taxpayers give Israelis billions for weapons every year. Pro-Israel groups are brutal, yet wrong. Look at Corbyn in UK!

  2. The Zionist of Israel are the rabid foaming at the mouth, racist bigoted apartheid loving Ku Klux Klan of the Middle East. Their entire country is built upon a foundation of hate. Identical to America’s own Ku Klux Klan.

  3. One more anecdote in the long history of Israeli and Zionist interference in America, with the full complicity of American cowards and the full protection of the Zionist controlled Deep State Media

    From JFK to Trump, our foreign policy, which ultimately means our government is beholden to Israel, Zionist and Private Money from supporter of Israel.

  4. The Palestinians are the Semites.

    Not that land thieving, lying, murdering zionist Euro-trash from Europe.

  5. I thought it was strange that the article did not specify just what she said when she criticized Israel. Did she say Israel did 911 and should be nuked? Did she say Israeli’s shit stinks? Or what?

  6. I’ve become fascinated with the support structures that jews deploy in their host countries, especially at the lowest levels. Remember: antifa types most likely have ‘day jobs’ too. I’ve rubbed elbows with one too many over the decades.

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