In an action similar to Penn State’s decision to allow an artist to display artwork showing the suffering of Israelis because of terror, Brandeis, “the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college in the United States” with about half its students Jews, has terminated an art show created by an Israeli showing art depicting Palestinian suffering and injury. Brandeis claims it will probably allow the show to go forward next semester, when they can balance it out with other art showing the other viewpoint here – ostensibly a pro-Israeli one.
Let the show go on; what’s to be afraid about? Palestinians get hurt and some have very hard lives. It is not easy to have an army in one’s midst. If the university is afraid that the show is too one-sides, they can create a little stand with information that provides context. Censorship, however, is censorship regardless of who practices it. Needless to say, this art will now get far more attention than it would have otherwise…and not because it’s good or bad.