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,


    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.



  • 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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