08 June 2024

Supporting People I Disagree With: Middle East Edition

Palestinian academic Rabea Eghbariah published an article in the Columbia Law Review regarding the mass displacement of Palestinians when the State of Israel was founded.

I have skimmed over his article, and I disagree profoundly with many of his assertions as well many of the facts asserted.

Of course, I am not a historian, and I am fluent in none of the languages of the region, so my opinion does not count for much.

That being said, the rat-f%$#ery of the administration at Columbia university needs no translation.

The board of directors of the CLR, basically moved to suppress the article when they discovered that it was slated for publication, and then demanded that a disclaimer be placed on the article, and the student editors who are supposed to have editorial control refused, so the BoD shut down the whole website..

Following an outcry, the BoD has restored the website.

They are a bunch of weaselly pissants who are more concerned about offending a few multi-billionaire donors than they are about academic or personal integrity.

F%$# them:

After the Columbia Law Review’s board of directors responded to the publication of an article about Palestine by taking the prestigious journal completely offline, the students who run CLR voted on Wednesday to reject an offer in a letter from the directors to reinstate the website.

The Columbia Law School students who run CLR were considering a proposal to append a note to the Palestine article disclaiming what the directors, in an unsigned letter to students, described as “secrecy and deviation from the Review’s usual processes.” In the letter proposing the text, the board of directors said it wanted to see the journal put back online.

The student editors rejected the deal for a disclaimer by a 20-5 vote, according to a student and documentation reviewed by The Intercept.


When the article on Palestine, titled “Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept,” was published on Monday morning, Rabea Eghbariah became the first Palestinian legal scholar to publish in CLR. But within hours of publication, after months of revisions on the lengthy piece, the board of directors took the journal’s website completely offline, saying they had concerns about the process.


The website takedown was the latest in a battle on Columbia’s campus — and on campuses across the country — over free speech and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Protests erupted on many of the campuses over Israel’s war on Gaza, which has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians, including at least 15,000 children. At Columbia and other universities, demonstrators were met with brutal police violence.

My experience with college administrators, both at UMASS and at Hampshire, is that while students can be wrong and stupid and frequently are, attempts by administrators to suppress what the students are far more stupid and nearly universally hypocritical and morally reprehensible.

This is the case here.


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