Professor William Robinson of UC Santa Barbara was the target of a
campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included
techniques described in the “Hasbara
handbook
” by the Israel lobby for his support of BDS; in contravention
of academic freedom and university rules.

“I may well have been run from the university if it were not for
graduate and undergraduate students (together with a handful of committed
colleagues), who early on in the persecution set up the Committee to
Defend Academic Freedom that launched a worldwide campaign in my defense.
This in turn sparked a good portion of the faculty into action, several
months into the campaign of persecution against me, to defend my academic
freedom. “

As
Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With
the Israel Lobby and UC
– Truthout