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Stanford Professor Named Co-Chair of Antisemitism Committee Resigns Over Anti-Israel Views

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The co-chair of Stanford University’s Antisemitism Committee, Professor Ari Kelman, resigned following criticism for aligning with anti-Israel groups and downplaying campus antisemitism in a 2017 paper.

Kelman’s involvement with Open Hillel, which opposes Hillel International’s guidelines, was also highlighted.

While Kelman mentioned a shift in the situation since 2017, he has previously criticized the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. (Trending: Melania Trump Announces Big Change For 2024)

Kelman, along with other Stanford faculty members, wrote, “different representations of campus culture come from the difficulties in defining what counts as political speech and what counts as antisemitism.”

“I don’t recall doing anything as a board member, either,” he continued. “I don’t think I ever attended a board meeting, even,” added the former professor.

“Mostly my service was in the form of advice I gave to individual students,” explained Kelman. “I’m not in a position to say what Hillel ought to do.”

Kelman said, “while there’s some flexibility in our range, our main focus [of the committee] is on antisemitism, in all of its forms, on our campus and in the larger Stanford community.”

He continued, “America has experienced a significant increase in antisemitism since then.”

“The goal of that paper was to understand from the position of Jewish undergraduates on college campuses in California how they were experiencing antisemitism and anti-Zionism on campuses. What we found was that they were not concerned for the most part,” said the former professor.

“I still believe that it does [silence Palestinians],” insisted Kelman. “I don’t think the IHRA definition is operationally appropriate in the context of the university,” he concluded.

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