Hamas Cuts Off Nose To Spite Its Face
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  • wigwag

    Dear Professor Mead:

    Yes, Hamas is disgusting. But what are we to make of American supporters of Palestinian purveyors of hate?

    One of those supporters is your employer, Bard University.

    I don’t know whether you’ve heard the story, but surely you know that Bard made the decision a few years ago to affiliate itself with Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Perhaps Bard has even sent you to Al-Quds to lecture. Bard isn’t the only American university to partner with Al-Quds, so has Brandeis.

    The problem is that despite it’s reputation as a “moderate” institution, Al-Quds is anything but and its president, Sari Nusseibeh, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Your own President, Leon Botstein, has been effusive in his praise of the Bard-Al-Quds partnership. After it was announced he said,

    “The liberal arts tradition does have a real connection to democratic politics.” He meant “democratic” with a small “d” but the “d” could have been capitalized. After all, the major financial supporter of the Bard-Al-Quds partnership is prominent Democrat and hater of Israel, George Soros.

    Unless I’m mistaken, the Bard-Al Quds program just graduated its first students at a ceremony this past fall. President Botstein was there to shake the hand of each graduate.

    As it happens, just a few days ago, a large demonstration took place at the Al-Quds campus in Jerusalem. It featured hundreds of students, some affiliated with Islamic Jihad and Hamas and some not, giving a fascist style salute, shouting “death to America, death to Israel” and swearing allegiance to the idea that Jews don’t belong in the Middle East.

    I don’t know whether you or your colleagues at Bard have seen any of the pictures of the demonstration. In case you haven’t, you can find them here,

    http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001406.html

    While they were foolish to affiliate with Al-Quds in the first place, Brandeis has at least had the good sense to withdraw its faculty and declare a moratorium to the partnership. Bard on the other hand has done nothing. Leon Botstein has been as quiet as a church mouse; if anyone at Bard is disturbed by the whole matter, no one would know it because the institution has been silent.
    I wonder whether you’ve thought of writing a blog post on the subject. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the Bard-Al Quds partnership.

    Sincerely,

    WigWag

  • AD_Rtr_OS

    Why am I reminded of the Council of Damascus in the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”, and how it broke down into petty bickering over ancient slights while the city suffered.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Palestinians deserve their fate, for their support of Hamas. Let them suffer, otherwise they will never learn.

  • Bruce

    One of the faults of VM is that Dr. Mead and the interns seem to be of a mind that many of the bad things that happen in the world are the result of “incompetence” or “unintended consequences.” This is not incompetence by Hamas – it is evil. You diminish the lack of humanity displayed by these animals when you misclassify it as incompetence.

  • cubanbob

    If Hamas were to treat the Palestinians as badly as the Israelis do it would be an improvement for the Palestinians.

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