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Monday, September 20 2010

An Experiment Exposes Academia's Double Standards Against Israel

Illinois A U. of Illinois professor exposed the hypocrisy of academia part in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel with a unique experiment of his own.

It began when Dr. Fred Gottheil noticed a letter to President Obama by USC professor David Lloyd signed by 900 academics. Gottheil explains to FrontPage Mag (via Power Line) what he did next:

The thought occurred to me: Would these same 900 sign onto a statement expressing concern about human rights violations in the Muslim Middle East, such as honor killing, wife-beating, female genital mutilation, and violence against gays and lesbians? I felt it was worth a try. My ‘Statement of Concern’ became a four-page document providing evidence of these human rights violations . . . By late spring, I had the email addresses of 675 who signed Lloyd’s petition and sent them my ‘Statement of Concern,’ requesting their support. The results were surprising even though I thought the responses would be few. They were almost non-existent.

Only 27 people signed Gottheil's letter. His scathing conclusion:

It turns out that with all their professing of principle, they are sanctimonious bigots at heart. And some are so obsessed about Israel that they would undermine their own self interest.
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Dr. Gottheil's Statement of Concern is now posted at, and is accepting signatures from anyone willing to speak out against human rights abuses in the Middle East. As you're obviously interested in the story, I urge you to step up and sign it: Support Regarding Discrimination in the Middle East against Women, Gays, and Lesbians Petition

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