An Open Letter to the UC Berkeley Administration Regarding Academic Freedom
Ethnic Studies 198

This course will be at best an excercise in historic fiction. Beyond the question of how long different ethnic groups had been in the area (which is a number that is disputed by most experts), it ignores even basics like the fact that Israel controlled the area in 1950 and renounced their claim in return for a promise of peace from the Kingdom of Jordan and the right of Jews to holy sites in the region. The King of Jordan who signed the agreement was assassinated and his son instantly pardoned his fathers killers (he said to avoid a civil war). But that gets to the problem with the whole situation. These are not democracies in the region, they are monarchies that are dominated by hoods that are living like Kings while keeping the controversy going. But this course starts off with the claim that most residents of neighboring countries oppose the actions of Israel which may or may not be true, but what is true is that they don’t allow debate or discussion of Israel’s action to bring about peace (and neither does the sylabus of the course. For example, Israel has suggested since 1948 that some type of financial compensation be given to anyone that a UN commission decided had been treated unfairly and the Arab leaders have refused to let their people discuss that possibility, but that’s not even mentioned in the syllabus. Neither are the Arabs who have spoken out against the terrorists and for peace in Israel or the fact that terrorists in the region are costing the rest of the world billions of dollars by attaching shipping that tries to go through the Suez canal and tear up rail lines more quickly than they can be built. It’s not a class, it’s a propaganda instrument and they shouldn’t be using tax dollars for that.

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