SFSC Letter: Academic freedom at Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education, Government of Israel,
PO Box 292, Jerusalem, Israel 91911

To the Minister of Education:

The Seriously Free Speech Committee (Vancouver) is mandated to defend free speech in connection with the Israel-Palestine conflict, both on and off the university campus. We join many thousands of teachers, students and others internationally who have demanded respect for academic freedom at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. 

It is clear that political considerations have led to a government-supported effort to close the Political Science department at BGU, despite many testimonials and reports by academic experts praising the work of that department. Israel cannot claim to be a “democratic” state and continue to suppress its critics.

Hands off BGU!

Sheila Delany
Emerita, Simon Fraser University
For the Seriously Free Speech Committee

Cc: Prof. Rivka Carmi, President, BGU
Prof. Dani Filc, Department head, Politics and Government, BGU

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