TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - Today at York University, Dr. Jon Thompson
called on academics to form coalitions to counter anti-democratic
trends threatening free speech and academic freedom on Canadian
In the release of his book No Debate: the Israel Lobby and free speech at Canadian universities, Thompson reveals inappropriate interference from government and Israel
lobby organizations in the planning of a law conference on statehood
for Israel and Palestine.
"The conference was not an anti-Semitic event, contrary to accusations
from external groups," says Thompson. "The findings in this
investigation reveal an urgent need for an international conversation
about academic freedom in the current political climate."
Thompson recommends that faculty at York must ensure broad safeguards
for academic freedom, including reinforced working protections for
faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School. He further calls for broad
coalitions between faculty associations and civil society organizations
and an international conference on political interference and academic
"This book reveals alarming evidence of the degree to which external
parties are trying to stifle debate on our Canadian campuses," said
James L. Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of
University Teachers. "It is imperative that the academic community
reviews these recommendations and takes aggressive action to ensure
that academic freedom is strengthened."
SOURCE Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
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