York prof about $10 million disappointed

November 21, 2007

A labour arbitrator has ordered York University to pay history professor David Noble $2,500 in damages for violating his academic freedom. Noble, who is himself Jewish, issued a pamphlet in 2004 charging the university with being biased in favour of Israel and treating pro-Palestine student groups with a less forgiving hand. York issued a media release without prior discussion with Noble or the Faculty Association. York must remove the media release from its website, but Noble gets neither the $10 million in damages nor the apology he was seeking.