Hat tip The Israel Group, Legal Insurrection and Syracuse.com
It is becoming an all too familiar story in academia. A speaker from Israel-or who is pro-Israel- is invited to speak. Then come the threats from the pro-Palestinian BDS lobby on campus, be it students or faculty. Those sponsoring the appearance know that disruption is on the way. Then some university official gets cold feet and cancels the event lest there
and embarrassment for the university.
Welcome to Syracuse University, where an Israeli academic was invited to speak-and was disinvited because...
"I now am embarrassed to share that my SU colleagues, on hearing about my attempt to secure your presentation, have warned me that the BDS faction on campus will make matters very unpleasant for you and for me if you come."
This religion professor, Gail Hamner, is falling all over herself trying to apologize for her cowardice and bad judgment. She knows now that she has given in to the BDS bullies on campus. She knows she has brought embarrassment to Syracuse University. She knows that she has struck a blow against free speech.
"They ain't orange. They're yella."