Lettre ouverte de Judith Butler et Rashid Khalidi

Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi et plus de 150 intellectuels condamnent la censure et l’intimidation à l’encontre des personnes qui critiquent Israël.

Adam Horowitz , dimanche 9 mars 2014

Que l’on soit ou pas en faveur de BDS ( Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions) comme outil pour changer la situation qui a cours en Palestine, il est important de reconnaître que le boycott est une forme d’expression politique affirmée internationalement et constitutionnellement protégée.

En tant qu’instrument non violent visant à un changement politique, le boycott ne peut être interdit sans que soit piétiné le droit d’expression politique, qui est constitutionnellement protégé.

Les personnes qui soutiennent le boycott ne doivent pas être soumises à des représailles, de la surveillance ou de la censure quand elles choisissent d’exprimer un point de vue politique, même si ses détracteurs peuvent le trouver offensant.

Nous voyons actuellement des efforts renforcés pour court-circuiter la parole d’individus et mener contre eux des actions de représailles sur la base de leurs opinions ou associations politiques, notamment le soutien à BDS. Nous demandons aux institutions culturelles et éducatives d’avoir le courage et la position de principe de défendre et sauvegarder les principes mêmes de la liberté d’expression et du libre échange d’idées qui rendent ces mêmes institutions possibles. Ceci implique le refus d’accepter les pressions, l’intimidation et les menaces qui visent à baîllonner des orateurs, au prétexte de leurs opinions supposées ou avérées. Cela implique aussi le refus d’imposer un contrôle politique à des orateurs ou des artistes invités à parler ou montrer leur oeuvre.

Nous demandons aux institutions éducatives et culturelles qu’elles s’engagent à nouveau à maintenir les principes d’un débat ouvert et qu’elles restent les lieux où exprimer une palette d’idées, y compris sujettes à controverse.

C’est seulement en refusant de devenir la main de la censure et de la calomnie, en rejetant la chasse aux sorcières, l’intimidation et la discrimination à l’encontre de certains points de vue que ces institutions seront fidèles à leur raison d’être : des centres d’éducation et de culture.

Signataires :

Judith Butler Professor, UC Berkeley

Rashid Khalidi Edward Said Professor in Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University Etienne Balibar Emeritus Professor, Paris-Nanterre

Natalie Zemon Davis Professor of History

Deborah Eisenberg Writer

Eve Ensler Playwright/Activist

Samera Esmeir Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Khaled Fahmy Professor, The American University in Cairo

Katherine Franke Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Paul Gilroy London

Naomi Klein Author and Journalist

Jacqueline Rose Professor of English, Queen Mary University of London

Mariam C Said Individual

Joan W Scott Institute for Advanced Study

Professor Lynne Segal University of London

Wallace Shawn Writer

Lila Abu-Lughod Columbia University

Sara Ahmed Goldsmiths, University of London

Udi Aloni Filmmaker and writer

Richard Appelbaum MacArthur Foundation Chair, Global & International Studies, UCSB

Elsa Auerbach Professor Emerita, UMass Boston

Lisa Baraitser Birkbeck, University of London

Yael Bartana Artist

Rosalyn Baxandall SUNY Old Westbury Distinguished Prof Emeritus

Joel Beinin Donald J McLachlan Professor of History, Stanford Univerrsity

Emanuela Bianchi New York University

Omri Boehm New School for Social Research, Assistant Professor

John Borneman Princeton University

Nicolas Bousserez Research Associate, University of Colorado at Boulder

Sarah Bracke Harvard Divinity School

Naomi Braine Brooklyn College

Laurie A. Brand University of Southern California

Renate Bridenthal Professor, retired from CUNY

Wendy Brown UC Berkeley

Shale Brownstein Retired psychiatrist HHC

Susan Buck-Morss Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Eduardo Cadava Princeton University

Margaret Cerullo Hampshire College

Sally Charnow Hofstra University, Professor of History

Alexandra Chasin New School for Social Research

Eric Cheyfitz Professor, Cornell University

Kandice Chuh Professor of English, CUNY Graduate Center

Ilene Cohen Editor

Elliott Colla Georgetown University

Christopher Connery Professor, University of California Santa Cruz

Stuart Davis Cornell University

Walt Davis Retired minister/professor

Ashley Dawson Professor, English Department, CUNY

Colin Dayan Vanderbilt University

Brett de Bary Professor, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University

Beshara Doumani Professor of History, Brown University

Lisa Duggan Professor, New York University

Nancy du Plessis Artist

David Eng University of Pennsylvania

Darlene Evans Cornell University

Sara Farris Assistant Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London

Leila Farsakh Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Pnina Feiler Physicians for Human Rights

Kathy E. Ferguson Professor, Departments of Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Hawai’i

Elle Flanders Filmmaker

Jeff Fort University of California, Davis

Cynthia Franklin Professor of English, University of Hawaii

Carla Freccero Professor

Jamie Fuller Artist

Jennifer Gaboury Hunter College, CUNY

Ellen Gruber Garvey Ph.D.

Michael Gilsenan Prof. Michael Gilsenan

Neve Gordon

Samira Haj Professor

Lisa Hajjar Professor of Sociology, University of CA-Santa Barbara

J. Halberstam Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Sondra Hale Research Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Abdellah Hammoudi Professor , Princeton University

Beth Harris Associate Professor, Ithaca College

Professor Emerita, Princeton University

Salah D. Hassan Associate Professor, MSU

Gail Hershatter University of California, Santa Cruz

Neil Hertz Johns Hopkins University

Marianne Hirsch Professor, Columbia University

Andrew Hsiao Verso Books

Elizabeth Ingenthron Graduate Theological Union

Margo Jefferson Writer

Joseph Jeon Pomona College

Jeanette Jouili College of Charleston

Moon-Kie Jung University of Illinois

Ann Jungman Writer

Amy Kaplan University of Pennsylvania

Carolyn L. Karcher Professor Emerita, Temple University

Suvir Kaul A M Rosenthal Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Kendall Associate Professor, New School

Arang Keshavarzian Faculty member, New York University

Dr. Gail Lewis Reader in Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College

Risa Lieberwitz Professor, Cornell University

Audrea Lim Verso Books

David Lloyd University of California, Riverside

Zachary Lockman New York University

Ania Loomba Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Miriam R. Lowi Professor, The College of New Jersey

Sandra R Mackie Reverend

Saba Mahmood UC Berkeley, Associate Professor

Harriet Malinowitz Professor of English, Long Island University, Brooklyn

Curtis Marez Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Mario Martone Cornell University

Barry Maxwell Senior Lecturer, Cornell University

Rela Mazali Author & Independent Scholar

Jeffrey Menlick University of Massachusetts Boston

Brinkley Messick Columbia University

Jennifer Miller Circus Amok, Director

University of Southern California

Susette Min University of California, Davis

Chandra Talpade Mohanty Syracuse University

Aurora Levins Morales Writer

Fred Moten University of California, Riverside

Yasser Munif Emerson College

Tad Mutersbaugh Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky

Chiara Nappi

Manijeh Nasrabadi New York University

David Palumbo-Liu Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, Stanford

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert Professor, Vassar College

Rosalind Petchesky Distinguished Professor Emerita, Hunter College & the Graduate Center CUNY

Silvia Posocco Birkbeck, University of London

Vijay Prashad Trinity College

Sara Pursley Associate Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies

Bruce Robbins Columbia University

Corey Robin Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center

Andrew Ross New York University

Dr. Catherine Rottenberg

John Carlos Rowe

Rachel Rubin Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Leticia Sabsay Birkbeck College, Univeristy of London

Neil Saccamano Cornell University

Ilan Safit Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Pace University

Josefina Saldaña Professor, New York University

Paul Sawyer Cornell University

James Schamus Columbia University

C. Heike Schotten Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Boston

Sarah Schulman Distinguished Professor of the Humanities CUNY College of Staten Island

Sherene Seikaly Director of Middle East Studies Center, American University in Cairo

Karen Shimakawa Associate Professor

Lincoln Shlensky University of Victoria

Marc Siegel Ast. Professor, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Victor Silverman Chair, Department of History, Pomona College

David Simpson U of California-Davis

Jeffrey Skoller Professor, UC Berkeley

Darryl A. Smith Associate Professor, Pomona College

Alisa Solomon Professor, Columbia University

Dov Waxman Professor

Robert Warrior University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Kathy Wazana Documentary filmmaker

Max Weiss Princeton University

Laura Wernick Fordham University

Lisa Westarp Grace Memorial Episcopal Church

John M. Willis Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

Dagmawi Woubshet Cornell University, Associate Professor

Rachel Zolf Writer