September 5, 2010
By Fred Gottheil
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
What should we make of this? Perhaps it is that we should be aware of what we don’t see when we see petitions and their signatories. While academics are entitled to voice opinions no less than anyone else, those — as in the Lloyd petition — who explain their criticism of Israel and demand change in our relationship to that Jewish state on grounds of “social justice” may indeed have other agendas in mind. What they were willing and unwilling to sign tells us a great deal about who they are and what social justice means to them. It appears their “social justice” is reserved only for their own kind. And it matters. After all, many of them teach “social justice” in their classrooms.
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