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Israeli Council for Higher Education to Suspend Student Registration in Ben Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government

Letter to Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar regarding recommendation by Israeli Council for Higher Education Subcommittee for Quality to suspend student registration in Ben Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Interruption of Study for King Faisal University Medical Students for Inciting Hatred toward Bahraini Government

Letter to King Faisal University President and College of Medicine Dean, Bahrain Minister of Higher Education, and Saudi Minister of Higher Education regarding the sustained interruption of study for four medical students at King Faisal University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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Arrest and Detention of Muge Tuzcuoglu Charged under Anti-Terror Law Linked to Support of Kurdish Rights

Letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressing dismay and concern over March 8th arrest and detention of Müge Tuzcuoğlu, charged under the Anti-Terror Law on grounds that her attendance at training workshops and her presence at two public demonstrations in support of Kurdish rights allegedly link her to the PKK (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan- Kurdistan Workers’ Party).

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Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Education and its Denial of Gaza Students’ Right to Study in the West Bank

Israeli Government’s ongoing violations against Palestinian education and its denial of Gaza students’ right to study in the West Bank, in particular the cases of four students who had to discontinue their studies in 2000, and are now seeking to resume their studies at Birzeit University, as well as Lujain Zaim who Israel is denying the right to begin university studies there.

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NYT Advertisement by David Horowitz Freedom Center Listing Professors to Shame and Condemn for Support of BDS

New York Times advertisement placed by the David Horowitz Freedom Center that lists 14 professors by name, describing them (in most cases without any specific accusations) as people who “should be publicly shamed and condemned for the crimes their hatred incites.” It thereby suggests that these scholars are complicit in hate crimes merely for expressing their support for the BDS campaign.

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TEACH Cross-cultural Program Asked to Introduce Participants to Education Sector in Bahrain

Letter to the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce regarding its program, Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH), aimed at cross cultural exchanges and increased knowledge between educators in the United States and the Arab World. The 5th annual educator trip is planned for the Kingdom of Bahrain and State of Qatar “to raise awareness, understanding, and cooperation between educators in the United States and the Middle East.” The letter asks that the program introduce its participants to the situation of the educational sector in Bahrain.

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IDF Invasion of Al-Quds University’s Institute of Modern Media at the Abu Dis

Early-morning IDF invasion of al-Quds University’s Institute of Modern Media at the Abu Dis campus when televising equipment was destroyed and the television transmitter seized. This wanton attack upon an educational establishment is a direct infringement upon academic freedom and seems to be part of a broader Israeli campaign against education and academic freedom in the West Bank and Gaza.

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Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism July 2011 Report that Loosely Defines Antisemitism

Response to the July 7, 2011, Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) report whose loose and overly broad definition of antisemitism may threaten freedom of speech and violate the principles of academic freedom by defining criticism of Israeli policies, of Zionism or of Israel as a self-defined Jewish state as inherently antisemitic.

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Government Investigation into Juan Cole May Have Influenced Yale University Position

Letter to Yale University's president and provost asking for an investigation into possible improper government influence on or communication regarding the university's 2006 decision not to hire Professor Juan Cole, as recommended by two departments. A June 15, 2011 New York Times article indicated that during that same time period the Bush administration was apparently seeking to have the CIA collect and provide information that might be used to discredit him.

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Allegations against Claremont McKenna College Professor Bassam Frangieh that Appeared in Local Publications

Letter to Claremont McKenna Vice President Gregory D. Hess regarding allegations made against Professor Bassam Frangieh in articles that appeared in at least two local publications. The allegations and the resulting calls for Professor Frangieh’s dismissal threaten not only the right to free speech but also the principles of academic freedom.

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Prosecutor Decision to Bring Misdemeanor Conspiracy Charges against 11 UC Irvine Students for Protesting Israeli Ambassador Speech

Letter to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas expressing concern about the decision to bring misdemeanor conspiracy charges against eleven university students in connection with their disruption of a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine on February 8, 2010.

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