This episode of Faith Complex features my colleague Dr. Sarah Fainberg interviewing David Friedman of the Anti-Defamation League about anti-Zionism on campus today.
The interview begins by reviewing the shameful mistreatment of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine last year. Mr. Friedman described the incivility of some audience members as “chilling.” I concur and would add that it is equally difficult for me to watch that footage.
Before he served as ambassador, Dr. Oren taught for us at the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. I can think of few scholars more open-minded or amenable to true dialogue than he was; the attempt to shout him down undermines everything we stand for as educators.
Readers of this blog know that I can be very critical of the Religious Right but let me be clear that in my experience attempts to silence dialogue on campus…