An open letter to Molly Morris
Thank you for your sobering article, “Hate Speech on UNM’s Campus,” which appeared in the December 2, 2016 New Mexico Jewish e Link. And thank you to all the courageous members of Hillel for standing up against the pernicious anti-Israel activism on the UNM campus. We are confronting a phenomenon which has spread across many American and European universities and even the chambers of the United Nations. Indeed, the UN Human Rights Council has passed 62 resolutions condemning Israel since its creation in 2006, more than the rest of the world combined!
The UNM situation is especially difficult because there are so few Jewish students and even fewer Jewish faculty who have taken an interest. However, there are several bright spots. At Indiana University, for example, the Indiana University Student Association passed a resolution on December 1, 2016 condemning ant-Semitic incidents as well as the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. And closer to home, UNM’s International Studies Institute is now planning its second year of lectures in Contemporary Jewish Studies. Unlike Richard Falk (widely condemned for his bizarre views on not just Israel but also the September 11 and Boston Marathon attacks), the lecturers in the UNM lecture series will continue to be respected scholars in the domains of contemporary Jewish affairs, Israel included.
Thank you and best wishes,
Editor’s note: George Skadron is a Professor Emeritus at UNM