Surpressing free speech on campus

Asaf Romirowsky

Anti-Israel Movement Suppresses Freedom Of Thought On Campuses

December 7, 2016

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WIBC Morning Host Tony Katz has often discussed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement – better known as BDS – and how it has manifested in universities all across the nation, not just liberal hot beds like California.

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Following a speaking engagement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Author and lecturer Dr. Asaf Romirowsky joined Tony for a two part conversation about BDS and the consequences for students who question the ideals of those involved with the BDS movement. Dr. Romirowsky and Tony agreed that dissenters of any religion – not just Jewish – risk being ostracized, which defeats the university's number one priority of academic freedom:

Tony: You've got Jewish students who get ostracized, then you have all students – if they somehow question this idea of what BDS is offering - they then get ostracized for utilizing their minds.

[This] keeps the college campus from being a place where there's free thought and the free exchange of ideas. It's about repressing that very concept of what college should be.

Dr. Romirowsky: Agreed. [College] is a place to learn. It's not supposed to be a place of a monolithic school of thought. You're supposed to get a well- balanced education, and that's part of the biggest problem I see as an academic myself: the unfortunate lack of balance within many of these topics (like Israel) where people are only getting a one-sided agenda.

Cantor Joseph Malovany in Concert (B'Nai Tikvah, NJ)

Published on Oct 17, 2016

World-renowned Cantor Joseph Malovany (Fifth Avenue Synagogue, NYC) performs beloved classic Jewish songs, lesser known Jewish songs, and a couple American classics (Oh What A Beautiful Morning and Edelweiss) at a concert at Congregation B'nai Tikvah in North Brunswick, NJ. A program of The Tikvah for Israel Fund and Dr. Naomi Vilko.

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A New Film on Atatürk’s Jewish Refugee Professors

NOV. 9 2016

By the 1930s, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s first president, was deeply involved in his project of modernizing and Westernizing his country, a project that included reforming the universities. When he found out that Jews were leaving Germany to escape Nazi persecution, he began recruiting German Jewish professors. Their fate is the subject of a new German-language film, Haymatloz, whose title is a play on the Yiddish word meaning “homeless.” Heike Mund writes:

The film highlights a chapter of German-Turkish history that has largely been forgotten, telling the stories of five German emigrants who worked as professors at Turkish academies, universities, ministries, and in public office. In Turkey, they weren’t labeled as Jews, but rather regarded as Germans. They taught generations of Turkish students. . . . Istanbul University [alone] hired 30 Jewish professors in the 1933-34 winter semester.

[In the film], Jewish emigrants’ children reminisce about their childhoods, about growing up in Istanbul or in Ankara, and about what awaited them in postwar Germany, where the Jewish returnees were anything but welcome and where no one spoke about the fate of the German Jews.

Haymatloz is a beautiful film, directed with a great sense of timing and power of images, and with a strong political focus toward the end. The film’s protagonists are concerned about a country where, step by step, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is undoing Atatürk’s achievements and Turkey’s social progress.