Behind the Tony Kushner story: 3 dimensions by Rabbi Arthur Waskow + Kushner Speaks Out on CUNY Controversy

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Reposted with permission from Rabbi Arthur Waskow from the Shalom Center.

by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
The Shalom Center
May 10, 2011

Last night (Monday night, May 9, 2011), the executive committee of the CUNY Board of Trustees reversed the Board’s refusal of an honorary degree to Tony Kushner.

Behind the Board’s original decision and its reversal are three stories.

The first: There has been a concerted attack against the best traditions of open debate and exploration of opinion in academia and in Jewish life, when it comes to criticism of the Israeli government.  Continue reading