The Conflict over the Conflict chronicles one of the most divisive and toxic issues on today’s college and university campuses: Israel and Palestine. Some pro-Palestine students call supporters of Israel’s right to exist racist, and disrupt their events. Some pro-Israel students label pro-Palestine students terrorists, and the Jews among them traitors. Lawsuits are filed. Legislation is proposed. Faculty members are blacklisted and receive death threats. Academic freedom is compromised and the entire academic enterprise is threatened. How did we get here, and what can be done? In this passionate book, Kenneth S. Stern examines attempts from each side to censor the other at a time when some say students are being quarantined from, rather than challenged to wrestle with, difficult ideas. He uniquely frames the examination: our ability to think rationally is inhibited when our identity is fiercely connected to an issue of perceived social injustice. According to Stern, the campus is the best place to probe this conflict and our intense views about it. The Conflict over the Conflict shows how this is possible.
The Conflict over the Conflict: The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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