Universities’ participation in CIJA-led trip undermined academic freedom, democracy: Editorial


By participating in a trip led by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, multiple Canadian university presidents have undermined the principles of academic freedom and democracy, write Dyala Hamzah (Université de Montréal), Jillian Rogin (University of Windsor), Larry Haiven (St Mary’s University), and Mark Muhannad Ayyash (Mount Royal University). The authors discuss the Canadian postsecondary sector’s relationship with the Israel-Palestine issue, and argue that favouring positions on major political issues jeopardizes institutions’ abilities to uphold academic freedom as a tenet of democracy. “In Canada, the trip has further solidified the Palestine exception to academic freedom and this undermines democracy itself,” they conclude. “University presidents must be held accountable.”

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