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Campus Conflict - USA

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Published on Sep 11, 2007

Jan 2007
Students at American universities are being asked to spy on their professors. Campus Watch, a pro-Israeli lobby group, relies on student informers to expose 'anti-Semitic' academics.

"There's a right wing effort across America today to silence any criticism of Israel", complains Prof Joseph Massad. He was singled out for criticism by Campus Watch after he pointed out that Israel has a large number of laws which discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. "A member of Congress immediately called on Colombia University to fire me", he recalls. "New York City Council called a special meeting about the intimidation of Jewish students at Columbia". Massad's lectures were frequently disrupted by hecklers and Campus Watch is now putting pressure on the university not to renew his contract. Campus Watch pays particular attention to professors who are up for promotion or review. Their biggest success to date has been forcing Yale to withdraw their job offer to an academic who accused the White House of; "deliberately misleading the US public" over Iraq. Now, they are lobbying for Congress to take control of funding for Middle Eastern Studies. This would give Congress the ability to end programmes run by professors who criticise government policies.

Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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