Miriam F. Elman Profile picture
Executive Director @TheAENetwork Former tenured prof 👩‍🏫: Syracuse U, Arizona State. Tweets on *Israel 🇮🇱 *Campus *Antisemitism *Academic Freedom #academia
Sep 13 6 tweets 2 min read
Finally, with mounting criticism from faculty, students, alums, & #Jewish orgs, @Penn speaks out ⬇️ about next week’s literary festival, which will feature Roger Waters & a host of other merchants of hatred 😩😩.
.@TheAENetwork finds this statement disappointing 😔😔
A thread🧵

At issue is the fact that multiple @Penn departments, centers are co-sponsoring #antisemitic speakers & those who denigrate #Jewish identity & glorify terror violence against Jewish civilians. How can Jewish students @ UPenn ever feel respected in these academic spaces again? 😢
Sep 3 8 tweets 3 min read
Hosting literary/art festivals on campuses can enhance the learning students receive in their coursework, classes & can promote cultural diversity and belonging.
But NOT when these extramural curricular events feature speakers notorious for trafficking in #antisemitism 😩 @Penn Image .@JFedinPhilly & @ADLPhiladelphia have already alerted campus officials to a set of festival speakers who have (repeatedly) crossed the line into #antisemitic tropes, canards and have a disturbing record of glorifying terrorists and condoning/justifying terror violence 😮😮 ⬇️⬇️

Aug 27 4 tweets 2 min read
With campaigns to implement academic boycotts of #Israel 🇮🇱 on the rise & new, obnoxious efforts to marginalize and demoralize #Jewish-#Zionist students underway, more than ever concerned faculty must speak out in support of open inquiry—& against #antisemitism! ⬇️⬇️ #academia Image Nearly 400 Jewish scholars have now signed ⬇️ statement w/more adding their names daily 👏.
There’s no organizational sponsors, and no logos appear on the Open Letter. It’s a collaboration of many #Jewish, educational, & civil rights orgs. #BetterTogether

Jun 26 6 tweets 2 min read
It’s always depressing to see #academia being needlessly politicized, with scholars & students subjected to punishing boycotts 😩
Given this ⬇️ new development, unfortunately many researchers will be negatively impacted—including Jews, Druze, Arabs, Palestinians 😞😞 #HigherEd ICYMI: under this new @StateDept guidance, which imposes territorial restrictions on 🇺🇸-🇮🇱 academic joint ventures, #Israeli faculty who work on campuses in eastern Jerusalem, the Golan, & the West Bank/Judea Samaria won’t be eligible to apply for BSF, BIRD, or BARD grants. ☹️
Jun 18 9 tweets 3 min read
FYI ⬇️ Al Shabaka, a think tank that has long featured essays by anti #Israel 🇮🇱 academics (mostly in 🇺🇸 and 🇨🇦) that often make their way as cited sources into peer-reviewed journal articles & university press books, has now jumped the shark 😞 I used to recommend to my students that they follow & read Al Shabaka. Given that it’s now in the business of denigrating and demeaning #Jewish identity and #Zionist students, & publishing pieces that call for undoing 1948 & “de-Zionification” there’s no way I’d do that now.
Jan 25 4 tweets 4 min read
It’s been 2+ weeks since #Jewish and #Zionist students @UMich were subjected to a hateful campus march, w/their peers & others parading across the campus grounds shouting threatening slogans—and still not a word from the university administration 😩 #antisemitism @UMichPrezOno What happened on 1/12 at the University of Michigan was a hate rally, w/rhetoric evoking images of violence and terror, expertly choreographed & disseminated to online platforms. Sad to see the campus exploited by propagandists & the educational mission so grievously subverted 😞
Nov 16, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Yet again a virulently anti #Israel 🇮🇱 student group is trying to intimidate & pressure peers to boycott courses taught by a couple of visiting Israeli profs. So depressing 😞 to see a campaign against open inquiry & free intellectual exchange happening @UChicago of all places! So disheartening to see this next phase of anti Israel activism on 🇺🇸campuses 😩. BTW: these particular courses are being taught by a rabbi, an expert on #Jewish thought & theology, and by an academic who actively participated in Israel’s peace negotiations w/Egypt & Jordan.
Jun 17, 2021 7 tweets 5 min read
The @UofDenver prestigious Korbel School is co-sponsoring a 5-day conference in Turkey alongside terror-linked NGOs & a host of sketchy guest speakers (one of whom meets regularly w/Hamas officials & was selected last year to serve as a member of its “leadership abroad”)😮😮 The conference is being hosted by CIGA, founded by ex-USF prof Sami Al-Arian (who pled guilty in 2006 to providing material support to the US-designated terror org PIJ and was deported to Turkey). Al Arian will also speak at the conference — along w/quite a few 🇺🇸-based faculty
Aug 19, 2020 6 tweets 5 min read
.@TheAENetwork is disappointed that @GavinNewsom @CAgovernor saw fit to ignore the Academic Senate @calstate, the university’s governing board, & scores of faculty, students, alumni 👨‍🎓 👩‍🎓 who favored a more inclusive, flexible (& cheaper for CA taxpayers!) alternative plan ☹️ Our organization fielded an Open Letter, signed by nearly 120 faculty across @calstate opposed to #AB1460, which represents a narrow understanding of ethnic studies pushed by “purists” & excludes Jews, women, LGBTQ as historically marginalized groups. 2/
Jun 3, 2020 7 tweets 4 min read
“Deadly Exchange”, a vile campaign being heavily promoted on & off 🇺🇸 campuses by virulently anti-#Israel orgs & activists, traffics in ugly #antisemitic tropes & canards.
Jews should never be scapegoated for societal ills. #GeorgeFloydProtests 😢☹️😩 The BDS movement has long exploited 🇺🇸 racial tensions, blaming #Israel 🇮🇱 for US policing problems. But “Deadly Exchange” comes w/a new, vile twist: @ADL, @AJCGlobal, @jinsadc & other American-Jewish orgs are cast as complicit in this nefarious effort to harm 🇺🇸 minorities 😮 1/
May 17, 2020 9 tweets 16 min read
@Israel_Studies @AndrewPessin @NGOmonitor @palwatch My pleasure, I’m glad to help @shaynamalka! But I just checked & I’m surprised to see that Al-Shabaka hasn’t been removed yet. It’s still listed in the Guide (uncritically) & first up alongside reputable think tanks, centers & institutes. ☹️ 1/ @Israel_Studies @AndrewPessin @NGOmonitor @palwatch @shaynamalka The Guide has a disclaimer but the HomePage enthusiastically recommends the entries as resources that offer “tips for effective research” & help students, scholars “explore the rich world of modern #Israel 🇮🇱 Studies”. Based on these criteria, including Al-Shabaka is #shameful 2/
Jan 11, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
.@CAMERAonCampus Fellow @Justine_Brooke revisits the defeat of a particularly nasty anti #Israel 🇮🇱 resolution at this year’s APSA convention: jns.org/opinion/the-hy… via @JNS_org BDS resolutions, like this one at @APSAtweets, insist that only #Israeli academic institutions will be targeted for boycott & that individual scholars won’t be impacted. But every so often the mask slips, revealing that BDS activists are very aware of the harm they cause ☹️ 1/
Jul 10, 2019 6 tweets 4 min read
Kudos to the co-editors of Israel Studies 👏👏 for defending the #academicfreedom of its contributors & refusing to suppress critiques of anti-#Zionist discourse & “scholarship”, re: the manipulation of language by virulently anti-#Israel academics.
#academicintegrity #academia It’s the height of #hypocrisy that critics of #WordCrimes who tried so hard to get this special issue retracted & relied on false accusations, smears of the editors & authors to do so, are now whining that the volume threats THEIR academic freedom to “engage in debate” 🤣🤣🤣 1/
Apr 19, 2019 4 tweets 7 min read
It’s tough to challenge orthodoxies in scholarly discourses these days. If you do, be prepared to be attacked, to face wild & false accusations of misconduct, publication irregularities, hysterical calls for retraction ☹️ FYI @HdxAcademy @CathyYoung63 @CHSommers @LegInsurrection @HdxAcademy @CathyYoung63 @CHSommers @LegInsurrection Another disturbing case here of professional opprobrium & threats being issued to kill a journal article (in this case a set of articles) 😩 FYI @liel @marksjo1 #academicfreedom 1/
Dec 2, 2018 7 tweets 13 min read
Wow 😮 Two more poorly-informed public officials fall for the false propaganda of a fringe, radical (anti Jewish) group working to demonize #Israel 🇮🇱 & defame, smear the @ADL_National 😩 ☹️ #shameful
FYI @SethAMandel @LegInsurrection @jonathans_tobin @acandidworld @ADL_National @SethAMandel @LegInsurrection @jonathans_tobin @acandidworld I’ve written extensively about the JVP-spearheaded #DeadlyExchange campaign which blames 🇮🇱 & American 🇺🇸 Jewish orgs for deliberately conspiring to cause harm to minorities in US inner cities. This isn’t legitimate criticism of Israel. It’s straight up #antisemitism 😩 1/
Aug 13, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
The annual @AMCHAInitiative report on campus #antisemitism is full of important facts & stats, but it’s the nearly 20 testimonials submitted by #Jewish students that will break your ❤️ 1/ @AMCHAInitiative This study should (finally) put to rest the myth that #BDS only engages Israeli 🇮🇱 institutions. In fact, individuals have always been targeted for harm—incl. Jewish students, faculty, staff. Just read PACBI guidelines! 2/