יום שישי, 8 ביוני 2018

תגובת אוניברסיטת מרילנד למכתבי בעניין פרופ' פרי

באיחור מה, נתקבלה תשובת אוניברסיטת מרילנד.

בגדול, הם אומרים כאן שהוידאו חלקי ונתון לסילופים ועוד יאדה יאדה. עם זאת, מניסיוני אני משוכנע שתגובת הנגד והרעש התקשורתי עשו את שלהם. אי אפשר לחמוק עוד מידיו הארוכות של השיימינג. הכוח עבר לצרכנים, לאנשים הקטנים, למסכנים ברחוב, למושפלי כל העולם. כל אחד מחזיק מצלמה, וכל מצלמה מסוגלת לשזוף עוולות. 

הנה תגובתה המלאה של Jessica L. Jennings מאוניברסיטת מרילנד. 


Thank you for contacting the President’s office. We appreciate you reaching out to share your concerns, and we have since gathered more information so that we could respond to your letter.

A truncated video, taken at an airport in Israel that shows an interaction between a University of Maryland visiting assistant professor and other individuals, has been circulated widely online, and we understand this prompted your outreach. 

The University's Senior Vice President and Provost, as well as the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities have reviewed this matter. They have gathered more information to understand the context of this interaction and what preceded it.

Professor Pnina Peri asserts that she was provoked and verbally attacked in the moments leading up to the video being taken. She has sought to tell her untold side of the story. Her position is confirmed through another video taken of the incident that they have reviewed. Professor Peri nonetheless deeply regrets her behavior and apologized for how she reacted to this incident. The University's academic leaders acknowledge her apology and support her ongoing contributions to the institution.

The University of Maryland is committed to its core values of freedom of expression and civility in discourse, values shared by Dr. Peri. The University appreciates her contributions to academic and educational activities on campus, and is proud of its thriving programs in Israeli studies and Jewish studies, as well as its long history of extensive educational exchanges, joint research, and study abroad programs with many universities, research institutes, and civic organizations in Israel.  

Again, thank you for your outreach. 

Sincerely,
Jessica Jennings

Director of Communications
Office of Strategic Communications | University of Maryland