administration defended itself and claimed that there was no connection between my firingand my public stance against Mr. Shamir.
2.Repression at State University of New York at Binghamton
Exactly ten years later, in 2002 I experienced a similar repression at State University of New York at Binghamton, also called Binghamton University, immediately after I published a letter in New York Times, titled “Israel and America out of step," which wascritical of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon for sending his tanks into a Palestinian refugeecamps in violation of UN and humanitarian laws, and for ignoring US president’s call towithdraw; my letter read as follows:“To the Editor:Regarding Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's defiance of President Bush's call for immediatewithdrawal from the Palestinian-controlled territories (front page, April 8):Unless the president is willing to jeopardize the prestige of the world's lone superpower, heshould proceed with the next logical step -- the cessation of all United States aid to Israel.Given the Israeli Government's callous disregard for the United Nations resolutions callingfor its withdrawal and its military assault without an iota of concern for civilian lives andwelfare, it is ethically and legally incumbent on President Bush to issue an ultimatum toPrime Minister Sharon to withdraw or face sanctions.KAVEH L. AFRASIABIBinghamton, N.Y., April 8, 2002The writer is senior associate, Center on Democratic Performance, SUNY at Binghamton."Little did I suspect that I would be starting a small brushfire on campus as a result of my brief publication. I was informed by the director of my research center, Edward McMahon,that he had been summoned to the office of president and grilled about me. Apparentlyquite a few Jewish alumni had threatened to stop their contributions to the university untilthey got rid of me – which they did in the middle of the semester, in direct breach of mycontract. This happened after I refused to meet with a delegation of Jewish organizationsat Binghamton who had laid a siege at the Center on Democratic Performance and through professor McMahon I simply reminded them that democracy means allowing what onedoes not want to hear. I then received a one line letter from the university informing methat my position had been terminated effective that date. The axe also fell on professor McMahon, who had the misfortune of authoring a joint article with me that appeared in theUN quarterly, UN Chronicle, around the same time and he too was terminated shortlythereafter, after years of employment at Binghamton. Needless to say, I found it odd that a university that prided itself as a liberal institution withstrong commitment to social sciences should behave so intolerantly toward a scholar whosimply heeded his responsibility, just as I had in other occasions, such as calling for inter-faith harmony the Middle East. Although I had ample ground to sue both Boston