Anti-Zionism on Campus

The University, Free Speech, and BDS

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Andrew Pessin, Doron S. Ben-Atar
Studies in Antisemitism
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , March
     456 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Many scholars have endured the struggle against rising anti-Israel sentiments on college and university campuses worldwide. This volume of personal essays documents and analyzes the deleterious impact of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement on the most cherished Western institutions. These essays illustrate how anti-Israelism corrodes the academy and its treasured ideals of free speech, civility, respectful discourse, and open research. Nearly every chapter attests to the blurred distinction between anti-Israelism and antisemitism, as well as to hostile learning climates where many Jewish students, staff, and faculty feel increasingly unwelcome and unsafe. Anti-Zionism on Campus provides a testament to the specific ways anti-Israelism manifests on campuses and considers how this chilling and disturbing trend can be combatted.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andrew Pessin is Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College and Campus Bureau Editor of the Algemeiner. He is author of many academic articles and books, a philosophy textbook, several philosophical books for the general reader, and two novels, including The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of René Descartes. Pessin's current research is focused on philosophical matters relevant both to Judaism and Israel. He can be found online at

Doron S. Ben-Atar is Professor of History at Fordham University and a playwright. In addition to publishing books and articles about early America, he authored (with his mother, Roma Nutkiewicz Ben-Atar) What Time and Sadness Spared: Mother and Son Confront the Holocaust. He has, in recent years, turned his attention to the battles over Zionism in the American Jewish community with, among other writings, his satirical play Peace Warriors.


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