MLA Members to host alternative panel on academic freedom in Israel ICC and Hillel-sponsored forum will offer balanced alternative to modern language association’s panel

This is a republication of a press release from Hillel and the Israel on Campus Coalition.

WHO: Distinguished MLA members, including past president of MLA, outside
scholar, ICC, and Hillel
WHAT: Panel discussion: “Perspectives Against Academic Boycotts”
WHERE: Embassy Suites , 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago (Room TBD)
WHEN: January 9, 2014, 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Central time

Media-only press conference to follow from 5:20 – 5:40 p.m. Central time in the same location.

Please RSVP for the press conference to Genevieve Rozansky with Hillel at or 202-509-0794.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 3, 2014) – Distinguished members of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and an outside scholar, with help from Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) and Hillel International, will host “Perspectives Against Academic Boycotts,” a panel discussion regarding academic freedom in Israel, its territories, and Gaza during MLA’s annual convention in Chicago beginning January 9.

The ICC and Hillel-sponsored panel will provide a forum at which alternative views to the MLA-sponsored panel may be presented and discussed. The panel is not sponsored by MLA and is hosted by the alternative panel participants, with funding assistance from ICC and Hillel.

“Perspectives Against Academic Boycotts” features MLA members who oppose a draft MLA resolution condemning Israel’s alleged “arbitrary denials of entry to Gaza and the West Bank by U. S. academics.”

Panelists for this alternative discussion include:

Full biographies of the panel participants will be provided at the event.


Noam Neusner, Hillel International

Jacob Baime, Israel on Campus Coalition

About Hillel

Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.

For nearly a century, Hillel’s network of dedicated student leaders, professionals and volunteers have encouraged generations of young adults to celebrate Jewish learning and living, pursue social justice (tikkun olam and tzedek) and connect to their peers and the global Jewish people. By participating in life-changing trips and campus initiatives, students learn to make a meaningful impact on the future of the Jewish people and the world while they grow intellectually, socially, and spiritually. At the heart of the Hillel network is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman International Center, supporting local Hillels to ensure that we achieve our mission “to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.”

Hillel engages with and inspires the leadership of more Jewish college students than all other endeavors combined. We know that 90% of Jews in the United States go to college, and with a rich and diverse Hillel network, we are proud to be serving them at more than 550 colleges and universities.

About the ICC

The Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) was established in 2002 during the wave of anti-Israel incidents on colleges and universities across the United States associated with the Second Intifada. On many campuses during that period, anti-Israel rallies were a daily occurrence. Some universities cancelled or curtailed their study abroad programs in Israel, anti-Israel rhetoric by faculty inside and outside the classroom increased, and campus administrators seemed ineffectual and timid in their reactions to these disturbing trends. ICC strategically focuses its efforts on building strong leaders in the campus community to effectively advocate for Israel and change the campus Israel climate.