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Why Carter at Cardozo Evokes Fond Memories


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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) about to embrace Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (L), in Gaza City, as the two discussed ending the international boycott of the Islamic, anti Israeli and anti American terrorist organization.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) about to embrace Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (L), in Gaza City, as the two discussed ending the international boycott of the Islamic, anti Israeli and anti American terrorist organization.

However, while I respect the actions of those trying to stop the event from taking place, forcing the administration to shut down the event will smack of silencing academic freedom. It will look as though outside actors are using economic boycotts to shut the mouth of a freedom activist. It would be far-better for Cardozo students to vigorously protest the choice of their colleagues to reward this sinister man with a Peace Prize. I hope that, as in the past, there are law students at Cardozo today who will write, hang posters, assemble, and make their voices heard in condemning the warped reality which Carter represents. A groundswell of young protesters will look better then a top-down economic pressure. (However, while I do not necessarily agree with their course of action, it is good to see folks like “Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni” making a fuss!)

To be sure, I lost some friends at Cardozo — those who brought Tutu into the campus. But I earned the respect of many fellow would-be lawyers and opinion makers, and I taught them (and myself) the value of standing firmly for what one believes to be true. At graduation, Dean Rudenstine gave me a big hug when he handed me my JD on stage, and that girl, Melissa, who started CHAI, is now known as Malkah Fleisher, and lives in Jerusalem today.

Yishai & Malkah Fleisher (then Melissa Bernath) at Cardozo Law

Yishai & Malkah Fleisher (then Melissa Bernath) at Cardozo Law

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About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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8 Responses to “Why Carter at Cardozo Evokes Fond Memories”

  1. Kol Hakovod. As a Cardozo alum, I am concerned that, while this is supposedly a student-concocted award, the administration and other right-minded people express their opposition and disgust loudly and forcefully enough.

    In the interest of "academic freedom," I'd love to attend to listen to a debate.
    If and when any is so organized and presented. Hear what everyone has to say to defend their positions and actions. But for a Jewish institution to host the bestowal of some perverse "honor" on someone who has expressed their Jew-hatred so eloquently? C'mon….

    In the absence of any such intellectual discussion, I am certainly not advocating anything violent. I just think it would be great if a goodly number of people, spread out among the audience, could properly express THEIR free speech and "boo" him throughout the course. One at a time.
    Over and over.
    And over again.

    We don't always need "polite" expressions of opposition.
    Sometimes, I believe we just need forceful contempt.

  2. Agreed. B'EH the folks who arranged this mockery of justice and decency will cancel the event.

  3. "Academic freedom" is nothing more than a euphemism for hate speech, especially against Jews and Israel. To even let Carter and Tutu entrance to YU is an affront to any and every Jew and non-Jew who believes in the sanctity of decency. It's about time we gave up the notion of "academic freedom" and replace it with "Screw you, you scumbags. Go peddle your anti-Semitism to your like-minded constituents."

  4. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  5. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  6. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  7. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

  8. Barry Tracy says:

    If nothing else, the news has opened up the eyes of many who were not aware of the extent of the antiSemitism of Carter and Tutu. They are only the tip of the cold iceberg of hate directed against the Jewish people. These two are so quick to bash Israel and at the same time say they "like" Jews. However, in these two cases, Carter and Tutu are clear in their hatred of Am Israel as well.

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