Sign the Petition about Freedom of Speech on the Israel Lobby

I hope this does not overshadow the important question that I have raised in the previous post, but it is also important that I pass the word along on this one.

This is my third post on the subject of Mearsheimer & Walt’s study on the power of the Israel lobby. I posted on the subject at first because I was taken by the authors’ intellectual honesty and courage -given the subject, a rarity in the American ivory tower. Now, however, it is clear that an insidious attempt is underway aiming at character assasination and branding of the two scholars as antisemites.

The intention is clear: to teach a lesson to anyone in the future who would be naive enough to venture off the charted course.

The danger is clear too: that might very well happen, and the American academia will thread even more carefully -and one-sidedly- on this subject. And not only on this subject: this will be a slippery slope that will end only in the academia’s total subjugation to pressure groups and lobbies. (In fact, the situation is already so desperate that Prof. Cole has complained of a general neglect of the petition by academic bloggers.) That state of affairs is something that nobody can afford regardless of what side of any question you are on.

Therefore, it is important that you take about half a minute of your time to sign Prof. Cole’s petition:
“Freedom of Speech on the Israel Lobby”
For some of my fellow blogistanis, here is a summary of Mearsheimer & Walt’s study in Farsi:
سياست خارجي آمريکا زير سايه لابي های اسرائيل

2 Responses to Sign the Petition about Freedom of Speech on the Israel Lobby

  1. hamesha: says:


    I found out -after I saw my name struck from the list of signatories- that Prof. Cole has limited the signatories to only professors and academics.

    This is actually a good thing and would give more weight to the petition.

    The tragedy is that the response from the academia, as Prof. Cole has pointed out, has been paltry. Or, perhaps the word has not gotten out sufficiently.

    I just emailed some of my professors here to let them know about the petition. I don’t think all of them agree with Mearsheimer & Walt’s study. But I trust that most of them will agree with the premise of the petition.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi my friend.

    thank u very much to write me and i hope u read odther port af my dairys in Germany as well.


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