Regarding Walter Reich’s June 14 op-ed, “Yale’s cave-in”:
The closing of Yale’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism was perhaps inevitable. Too many questions were raised about the institute’s conference last year on “Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity,” given its tendentious focus on right-wing Zionist activism and the problem of anti-Semitism in the Islamic world.
As a professor in the field of Judaic studies, it pains me to see at Yale and elsewhere blue-chip universities and serious scholars and scholarship being used as cover for the promotion of neoconservative advocacy work. The blurring of the line between scholarship and activism was only going to undermine the academic integrity of Judaic studies and the rigorous study of anti-Semitism. Sadly, I suspect that Yale was right to close the institute.
Zachary Braiterman, New York