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US judge throws out malicious anti-Semitism claim against university professor

MEMO | July 29, 2022

In a victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, a US judge has thrown out bogus anti-Semitism claims against a professor at Pittsburgh university in a lawsuit based on the highly controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Jewish racism.

Pro-Israel groups have been advocating IHRA’s adoption for several years saying that the non-binding definition will not stifle free speech on Israel. Critics, however, have consistently warned that not only will the IHRA have a chilling effect on free speech, but it will also give ammunition to radicalised Zionist groups to pursue malicious lawsuits against critics of the Apartheid State.

Robert Ross, who teaches literary arts and social justice studies at Point Park University appears to have been the victim of such spurious and malicious lawsuits which are designed to intimidate critics of Israel as much as to instil fear in anyone advocating for Palestinian rights.

The lawsuit against Ross was filed in 2019 by Channa Newman, a professor at the university. Newman claimed that she was a target of anti-Semitism due to her Zionist beliefs. According to the Electronic Intifada, Newman’s lawsuit alleged Ross used his position to foster “a militant version” of the BDS movement and “hateful views against Israel” that “are anti-Semitic.”

Newman, who made her case using the US State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism which has very similar wording to the IHRA, further alleged that the political views of Ross, and those of his students, led to a hostile work environment for her. As is the case with the IHRA, the State Department definition includes claims that it is anti-Semitic to say Israel’s foundation was a “racist endeavour” or to apply “double standards” to Israel by requiring from it “behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

In his ruling, the judge asserted that if the court accepted Newman’s allegations, it would “invalidate” on its face and on civil rights grounds “an entire academic and public debate” and that it would give Newman “a veto over others engaging in that same debate.” The judge further added that Newman was effectively seeking to “compel” the speech and views of others to be consistent with hers.

“I am relieved and thrilled,” Ross told the Electronic Intifada. “The judge took the time to articulate why he’s not granting this work environment claim and that there’s nothing inherently hostile with [advocating for] BDS. In these times, we’ll take what we can get. I think it’s a victory,” he explained.

“The judge, to me, made it clear that there’s nothing legally wrong with teaching BDS, participating in BDS, or advocating for it,” Ross added. The dismissal of the hostile work environment claims, Ross added, “should be empowering, it should be a green light for other folks to engage in this movement.”

July 29, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Free speech be damned, is a tenant of the Zionist agenda. It trumps Constitutional guarantees; it trumps American interests; it trumps everything that hinders the Greater Israel goal. It motivates a war waged by the Zionists and their partisans, to carry out all which is proven and that which remains to be proven as to how that war is waged.

    That means, the assassinations of any and every American or other, of which so much evidence is available as to be incontrovertible, regardless of how well-countered it all is by the combined Zionists committed to their cause, of how well bribed and intimidated their adherents of the gentile ‘tribe’, which are really used by the jewish/Zionist ‘tribe’.

    A fact which itself is countered and called by everything which will intimidate or bride its burial.

    An example in the contemporary, is how well buried the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh: if a crime is not claimed, if the perpetrators are not indicted, if there is no trial, then the whole thing is non-existent.

    That is exactly what Israel wants.

    What it gets is American compliance.

    What American gets is more demands for money, for protection and ultimately, its ruination. Its ruination in so many ways that the ruination is almost unrecognizable. Which is exactly what Israel/Zionist agenda wants.

    Israel is not an ally to America. It is the opposite.

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    Comment by michael | July 29, 2022 | Reply

  2. While the American Government gives Israel $3.8 BILLION dollars/ year, EVERY YEAR, for FREE, and millions of Americans are living on the Streets, there is no justice whatsoever in the USA for the American people.
    It is an obscenity.
    American Government! Where is your SHAME?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 29, 2022 | Reply


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