Academic Freedom Threatened in Ontario Universities

Pappano, Margaret Aziza
Date Written:  2009-02-18
Publisher:  The Bullet
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX9481

While most academics would agree that a university should be a place where critical debate is fostered, what is academic freedom when the freedom to attend classes without being bombed isn't even assured? Academic freedom falters it seems when it comes to Palestine, whether in the Middle East or in North America. Not only is there no realizable academic freedom for Palestinians, but also, even in North America, students and faculty raising critical viewpoints about Israel find themselves muffled, accused of anti-Semitism, threatened with disciplinary action, or, in the case of former Depaul University professor, Norman Finkelstein, out of a job entirely.

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