Sunday, October 21, 2007

University of Utrecht 2006 Academic Censorship Affair Reemerges

With the retirement of Utrecht Rector Magnificus, Willem Hendrik Gispen, the issue of academic censorship at Utrecht university has reemerged in the news. In June 2006 he exerted great pressure on Professor Pieter van der Horst, a member of the prestigious Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, not to mention Muslim anti-Semitism in his retirement lecture, because of the alleged quality of the contents, adding that he risked Muslim threats. When the University censorship became known publicly it led to a major debate with international echoes. Several important scholars confirmed the facts on Muslim anti-Semitism in Van der Horst’s texts. The latter claimed, after talking to Intelligence sources, that the Muslim threats were also invented.

For an English review of this affair, see

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