This session was organized by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
Prof. Donna Divine, Smith College
Prof. Cary Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East
Published in April 2019 as a special issue of Israel Studies, “Word Crimes” hit a nerve. It emphasized the delegitimizing lexicon of terms and concepts often used in highly politicized anti-Zionist scholarship to distort the academic study of Israel, the Palestinians, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and politics. The special issue struck a chord and raised questions about conventional discourse, challenging the right of an increasingly politicized academy to serve as gatekeepers to determine what can and cannot be said about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.