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NY Times fails to publish professors’ letter of protest at Horowitz advert

[On 24th April the New York Times ran an advert placed by the David Horowitz Freedom Centre attacking all academics (mainly Americans) who support the Palestinian BDS movement. Illustrated with a photo of a Nazi German anti-Jew boycott notice, it claimed that boycott one day will be followed by a holocaust the next. Read the reports and comments at:
Massive US support for BDS revealed by hate advert in NY Times .  The New York Times has failed to publish the subsequent letter of protest.]

148 professors sign letter objecting to New York Times Nazi ad, but paper refuses to run it
By Ali Abunimah, electronic intifada
30.04.12

One hundred and forty-eight US college professors signed a letter objecting to an advertisement in The New York Times by notorious racist David Horowitz naming indvidual faculty members at several US colleges and accusing them of inciting murder of Jewish children, and likening the movement to boycott Israel (BDS) to Nazism.

The Times, however, failed to print it. Here is the letter and the full list of signatories:

Faculty letter to The New York Times:

To the Editor:

We are professors who teach in universities across this country. We are appalled at the advertisement by the David Horowitz Freedom Center (Op-Ed page, April 24, 2012) which compares the international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) to the Holocaust and ancient blood libels. It also asks that professors who support it be “publicly shamed and condemned.” It grossly distorts the statements of such professors, which are publicly available online and can be verified.

The Horowitz Center’s advertisement seeks to shut down informed debate. Free speech and thought was a crucial right at stake in 1930s Germany and it remains so today. The discussion that took place at the University of Pennsylvania did not use any objectionable language, and included many Jewish participants, including rabbis.

Your readers can hear for themselves what was said at www.PennBDS.org. It is Horowitz who uses the language of hatred and bigotry. Even those of us who do not support BDS are alarmed at your carrying an advertisement that misinforms and names individuals who do not have the money that Horowtiz has to defend themselves through his chosen medium.

We hope you will publish this letter to make this point.

Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
Amy Lang, Syracuse University
Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ann Pellegrini, NYU
Antonio Feros, University of Pennsylvania
Boris Gasparov, Columbia University
Brian Boyd, Columbia University
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
Cesare Cesarino, University of Minnesota
Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania
Crystal Bartolovich, Syracuse University
Daniel Richter, University of Pennsylvania
David Delgado Shorter, UCLA
David Eng, University of Pennsylvania
David Kazanjian University of Pennsylvania
David Lloyd, University of Southern California
David Pellow, University of Minnesota
David Shorter, UCLA
Elizabeth Bernstein, Columbia University
Ellen Kennedy, University of Pennsylvania
Farah Godrej, University of California, Riverside
Gary Fields, University of California, San Diego
Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley
Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania
Homay King, Bryn Mawr College
Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara
Indrani Chatterjee, Rutgers University
James English, University of Pennsylvania
James Schamus, Columbia University
Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University
Jean Howard, Columbia University
Jean Lave, University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Wenzel, University of Michigan
Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota
Jim Holstun, SUNY, Buffalo
Joel Beinin, Stanford University
Joel Wainwright, Ohio State University
John Mowitt, University of Minnesota
Joseph Slaughter, Cornell University
Josephine Park, University of Pennsylvania
Josie Saldaña, NYU
Judith Frank, Amherst College
Judith Surkis, Columbia University and the Institute for Advanced Study
Kaja Silverman, University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Franke, Columbia Law School
Kathleen A. McHugh, UCLA
Kathy Peiss, University of Pennsylvania
Keya Ganguly University of Minnesota
Lucy San Pablo Burns, UCLA
Manan Desai, Syracuse University
Margo Todd, University of Pennsylvania
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University
Mark Levine, University of California, Irvine
Max Cavitch, University of Pennsylvania
Mayanthi L. Fernando, University of California, Santa Cruz
Melissa Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michelle Clayton, UCLA
Najam Haider, Barnard College
Nancy Bentley , University of Pennsylvania
Natalie Melas, Cornell University
Nguyen-vo Thu-huong, UCLA
Nikhil Pal Singh, NYU
Page Fortna, Columbia University
Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside
Persis Karim, San Jose State University
Piya Chatterjee, University of California, Riverside.
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University
Raka Ray , University of California, Berkeley
Saadia Toor, City University of New York
Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley
Sabina Sawhney, Hofstra University
Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University
Shelley Feldman, Cornell University
Shu-mei Shih, UCLA
Simona Sawhney , University of Minnesota
Steve Hahn, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Edmunds, Syracuse University
Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
Taher Herzallah, University of California, Riverside
Tariq Thachil, Yale University
Timothy Brennan, University of Minnesota
Toni Bowers, University of Pennsylvania
Toorjo Ghose, University of Pennsylvania
Tsitsi Jaji, University of Pennsylvania
Vijay Prashad, Trinity College
Viranjini Munasinghe, Cornell University
Warren Breckman, University of Pennsylvania
Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
Rei Terada, UC Irvine
Ravi Palat, Binghamton University
Irma T. Elo, University of Pennsylvania
Gregory Mann, Columbia University
Qadri Ismail, Univerisity of Minnesota
Nik Heynen, University of Georgia
Shefali Chandra, Washington University St. Louis
Jason McGrath, University of Minnesota
Ismail Poonawala, UCLA
Zohreh Sullivan, UIUC
Richard Dienst, Rutgers University
Charles E. Butterworth, University of Maryland
Gabriel Piterberg, Professor of History, UCLA
Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University
Katherine C. King, University of California at Los Angeles
Dina Rizk Khoury, George Washington University
Sondra Hale, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Caren Kaplan, Professor, UC Davis
Carole S. Vance, Columbia University
Karen Brodkin, Professor Emerita, UCLA
Lee Zimmerman, Hofstra University
Louise Fortmann, UC Berkeley
David Klein, California State University, Northridge
Barrie Thorne, University of California, Berkeley
Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino
Neil Smith, CUNY
Carole H. Browner, UCLA
Kamala Visweswaran, University of Texas
Guy Pollio, Nassau Community College
Mona Mehdy, Univ of Texas at Austin
Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas, Austin
Tim Corrigan, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Saint-Amour, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Goldman, University of Minnesota
Huma Dar, UC Berkeley
Zachary Lockman, New York University
Rebecca L. Stein, Duke University
Dohra Ahmad, St. John’s University
Richard Falk, UCSB
Sondra Hale, UCLA
Gayatri Gopinath, NYU
Shane Minkin, Swarthmore College
Lisa Duggan, NYU
Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley
Jed Esty , University of Pennsylvania
Christopher L. Chiappari, St. Olaf College
Aniruddha Das, Columbia University
Thomas Pepper, University of Minnesota
Helen Scott, University of Vermont
Gayatri Chakravoty Spivak, Columbia University
Lisa Hajjar UCSB
Stephanie McCurry , University of Pennsylvania
S. Shankar, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Cindi Katz, CUNY.
Nada Elia, Antioch University – Seattle
Grace Kao, University of Pennsylvania

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