Written by MARK RIFKIN
Published: 29 November -0001
A group of students and faculty have been working to condemn the anonymous Canary Mission website and its blacklisting of students they have identified on the basis of their support for Palestinian rights.
A letter is circulating for faculty to sign onto, to oppose these tactics:
The CM website slanders students who voice even mild support for Palestinian human rights, labeling them as extremist, anti-Semitic, and sympathetic to terrorism. The site has constructed a blacklist of nearly 500 students, and in just the past six weeks, they added 112 students. CM also harasses students through social media, sometimes sending out hourly tweets.
The group, organized and led by students facing attacks, surveyed a sample of 70 students from across the nation who have been targeted by the site. One-third of the students said Canary Mission is the number one result when their name is googled. Students described feeling “incredibly anxious” about graduate school applications due to CM, and concern about the responses of employers. CM has contacted 30 employers during what another student described as its “Twitter rampages.” Students worry that, due to CM blacklisting, their support for Palestinian rights could have unwarranted, far-reaching repercussions for school, work, housing, and travel.
They are building towards a media blast as part of our campaign and are hoping for a Sept. 19 launch. Please consider signing the letter.