I'm an author who was just banned from speaking at a university center (Hillel) due to my political views on Israel, despite my book being about reconciliation. You might remember it. It's called: What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who ...
I'm a Jewish author who – because of my views on the issue of boycotts and Israel – was recently asked by a prominent Jewish organization (Hillel at UCSB) to publish a favorable political statement before being allowed into its building to speak about my book, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?
Despite my discomfort with such a problematic request, I published it, valuing the potential for dialogue. Now, I've learned that I've been barred from speaking anyway. And so, this is my story – a story tragically being replicated far too often today in American institutions as they decide not just what may, and may not, be discussed with regard to Israel, but who may discuss such issues as well.
You can read much more about my story and its wider implications here.
I'd love to answer any questions about my experience, about this political dynamic in America, about my book, or about I/P politics in general.
I'm hoping this discussion might shine a light on this destructive dynamic which is pervasive within America and, specifically, the American Jewish community: an inability to speak openly and honestly (and respectfully) about Israel.
tl;dr - I wrote a book and have political views. Others found my politics threatening, and barred me from speaking.