Since its inception in 1948, Brandeis University has been regarded as one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning. With a $61,000 yearly tuition bill, students and parents enter the suburban Boston School with the highest expectations.
So it may come as a shock to mom and dad that the university founded to “embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education” has an official university faculty listserv (email list) consisting of prominent professors who promote anti-Semitic stereotypes and have great disdain for America and the State of Israel. First reported by Brandeis student Daniel Mael in Breitbart.com, the “Concerned” listserv was created in 2002 “out of concern about possible war with Iraq.”
Mael wrote, “It contains 92 subscribers, including professors from outside of the university. Participants express their fear and disdain on issues ranging from United States foreign and domestic policy, the ‘American system’ and ‘the Israelists,’ to ‘President “Obomber” ’ and ‘Hillary “Obliterate Iran!” Clinton.’ ”
The free exchange of ideas is tolerated only if those ideas hail from the left side of the political spectrum. “Concerned” co-creator Gordon Fellman explained in a 2009 email: “It is rude to post a recipe for pork roast on a vegetarian listserv or an orthodox Jewish one, or right wing harangues on the concerned list.” Critics argue that the private institution has already engaged in stifling free speech.