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Did Palestinian Media Fabricate ‘Israeli Attack’ on University?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In what threatened to become a public battle between two university presidents vying to prove each one’s constituency as the true victim, Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al Quds University, cited what appears to be a completely fabricated news report, one that he would have to know was fabricated. That article described the Israeli army’s “vicious incursion” on Nov. 17, during which Al-Quds students were shot.

Nusseibeh complained that the Brandeis University president “did not express sympathy” for the plight of his university. The president of Brandeis University refused to engage in such a media debate.

Al-Quds University has been the subject of many news articles recently.  Brandeis University, founded in 1948 as a refuge for Jews who were largely shunned elsewhere, began a sister university relationship in 2003 with Al-Quds University, the Palestinian Arab university located in eastern Jerusalem.

The relationship continued for many years, despite numerous examples of Al-Quds University being an institution that honors terrorists who murdered many Israelis, other Jews, and Americans.

However, when a large group of Arabs were photographed during a Nov. 5 demonstration at the Al-Quds campus in paramilitary gear, with arms raised in what resembled a Nazi salute, trampling on pictures of Israeli flags, and honoring suicide bombers, the Brandeis administration finally called for an explanation.

Brandeis’s relatively new president, Frederick Lawrence, contacted his counterpart, Al-Quds University president Sari Nusseibeh, whom he asked to denounce the demonstration, and to do so in both English and Arabic.  Instead, the response Nusseibeh posted on the Al-Quds website and sent to Lawrence, attacked “extremist Jews” for “exploiting” a situation and daring to criticize and delegitimize Al-Quds University.

That was the last straw for Lawrence and for Brandeis University.  The formal relationship between the two universities was suspended by Brandeis on Nov. 18 – not irrevocably, but certainly for the near future.

Because Nusseibeh was the one who issued the insulting statement – truly a slap in the face to President Lawrence as well as anyone else who had sought an explanation for a sister university publicly condoning Israel and Jew hatred – on Nov. 21, Brandeis also removed Nusseibeh from the board of advisors of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

There were some who were highly critical of Brandeis for disrupting the relationship between the schools, especially those who believe with all their might that the relationship might blossom into closer relations and better understandings between Jews and other Americans and Arab Muslims.

But the president of Al-Quds seemed stunned by Brandeis’s strong-willed response.  An article appeared in the Times of Israel in which Nusseibeh suddenly claimed that he condemned the Nov. 5 demonstration.  But because the public response on the Al-Quds website and its translation which was provided to Brandeis’s Lawrence by Nusseibeh himself was so utterly lacking in contrition, and instead blamed “extremist Jews” for essentially overreacting to something that was unimportant, Lawrence stood firm and refused to undo the separation.

NUSSEIBEH THEN TURNS ON BRANDEIS PRESIDENT

Nusseibeh was not content to simply bide his time and wait until he would likely to be welcomed back into the bosom of Brandeis University, or to some other American universities eager to claim kinship with a real, live Palestinian Arab university.

Nope.

Instead, as reported in the Times of Israel, Nusseibeh then reached out again to its editor in a long email, arguing that Brandeis’s Lawrence had “gone overboard” in response to the Nov. 5 demonstration at Al-Quds.

In what way did Lawrence go overboard?

Well, in addition to suspending the relationship between the two schools and suspending Nusseibeh from the Center for Ethics board, Nusseibeh suggested Lawrence mischaracterized the letter Nusseibeh addressed to his students in response to the demonstration. He wrote that Lawrence “had chosen to read my letter to students as ‘inflammatory.’” In part, Nusseibeh went on, because Lawrence “will not accept that there are such people as ‘Jewish extremists.’”

Brandeis U Severs Ties with Al Quds over Defense of Pro-Nazi Demo

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence posted a public notice on Monday, November 18, suspending – effective immediately – a longstanding sister university relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds University.

Al-Quds students or supporters had paraded in the Al-Quds courtyard in paramilitary gear, raising the Nazi salute and trampling on drawings of Israeli flags.

It must have been particularly painful for an academic like Lawrence to find himself forced to stand on the precipice straddling “two of our most cherished values – values that appear to be in conflict: a robust respect for free expression and a culture that values civility, decency, and dignity.”

Most Brandeis students with whom The Jewish Press spoke, were glad that President Lawrence suspended the relationship.  In fact, most were not even aware that there was any relationship between the two institutions.  It was the media firestorm about the Nazi-like parade that ignited the concern.

HAD AL-QUDS PREVIOUSLY BEEN A PEACE-LOVING SISTER UNIVERSITY?

But there have been not just red flags, but flashing lights and sonic booms that should have alerted the willfully  blind administration of Brandeis University from the get-go that Al-Quds was not brimming over with desire to be besties with an American university with vaguely Jewish ties.

For example, in April of 2006, a huge poster was hung in one of the al Quds buildings to honor Sami Salim Hammad, a former Al-Quds student, who blew himself up in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people – including an American teenager – and ending his own life.

Al-Quds offered a ‘human rights and democracy’ course named in honor of Wafa Idriss, the first Arab Palestinian female homicide bomber.

And Al-Quds is home to the Abu Jihad Museum. The museum is named for Khalil Al-Wazir, whose “nom de guerre,” abu Jihad, means “father of the holy war.”

Abu Jihad is linked to several of the most horrific incidents of Jewish terror in modern memory, including the Munich Olympics (11 murdered) and the Coastal Road Massacre (38 dead, including 13 children).

Abu Jihad’s bloodlust was not limited to Israelis. He was part of the team that kidnapped, tortured and then murdered two American diplomats, U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel and Charge d’Affaires George Curtis Moore, in Khartoum, Sudan, in 1973. Those diplomats were kidnapped in order to force a trade in which the U.S. would release prisoner Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian Arab who murdered American Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

Abu Jihad is lovingly referred to on the Al-Quds website as “the prince of the martyrs of Palestine.”

But a new Brandeis president, Fred Lawrence, finally pulled the plug after students at Al-Quds, in full black military regalia, including black flags, raised their hands in the Nazi salute, while trampling over drawings of Israeli flags. Well, actually, no, it wasn’t then that Lawrence pulled the plug, he was still willing to give al Quds the benefit of the doubt until hearing an explanation directly from Al-Quds officials.

INITIAL BRANDEIS RESPONSE

Six days after the Al-Quds “Nazi Parade,” Lawrence wrote on his blog, Brandeis First, that he was told the Nov. 5 activities were “led from people outside the university and this was an unauthorized demonstration. The administration of Al-Quds University assures us that threat of violence implied by the demonstration are not acceptable on their campus and the University administration is conducting a full investigation.”

By Nov. 15, Lawrence came out with an unequivocal statement that, yes, free speech is important, no doubt about it, but

we may defend the right to free speech, and still be clear that some art is flawed, and that some words and actions, especially those espousing violence, are abhorrent. And we should be willing to say so.

Lawrence explained to the school community and the public that he conveyed his concerns to Al-Quds president Sari Nusseibeh, and requested that Nusseibeh issue an unequivocal condemnation of the demonstrations to be published in both Arabic and English.  And then Lawrence awaited comment from the head of his partner school.

RESPONSE FROM AL-QUDS

Sunday evening, Nov. 17, the response arrived. It was not what Lawrence was expecting.  It was not a diplomatic response distancing itself from what Lawrence had described as actions “clearly expressing hatred and steeped in vitriolic anti-Semitism.”

Instead, the response turned the concerns raised by Lawrence and others who were, as Lawrence said he was, “outraged” by the demonstration, and….wait for it…the blame was placed on the Jews!

The response was written in Arabic, addressed to the students of al Quds University.  President Nusseibeh sent President Lawrence the English translation.

The statement from Al-Quds, rather than an apology or a bland distancing of itself from the demonstration, goes in the opposite direction.

The Al-Quds statement blamed “Jewish extremists” with starting “vilification campaigns” in order to discredit the reputation of the “prestigious” Al-Quds University.  It is the Al-Quds community, according to the published statement, which is subjected to “extremism and violence” and are “denied our rights under occupation.”

And if that wasn’t enough of a kick in the teeth for Brandeis, Nusseibeh also made clear what it is that he and his community find so offensive about the Nazis.  Describing the students at Al-Quds on Nov. 5 as having engaged in a “mock military display,” Nusseibeh again seized the victim card:

These occurrences allow some people to capitalize on events in ways that misrepresent the university as promoting inhumane, anti-Semitic, fascist and Nazi ideologies.  Without these ideologies, there would not have been the massacre of the Jewish people in Europe; without the massacre, there would not have been the enduring Palestinian catastrophe.

Ah, yes, Nazism was a blight on world history because, and only because it caused what the Palestinian Arabs call “al Nakba,” the “catastrophe”: the re-birth of Israel.

Nusseibeh rails on as if he were addressing the United Nations about some alleged effort by the state of Israel to humiliate Arabs, steal their lands, and keep them under subjugation, rather than discussing the request by an American university president to explain outrageous anti-Semitic acts on the campus of a sister university:

As occurred recently, these opportunists [the Jewish extremists] are quick to describe the Palestinians as a people undeserving of freedom and independence, and as a people who must be kept under coercive control and occupation.  They cite these events as evidence justifying their efforts to muster broad Jewish and western opinion to support their position. This public opinion, in turn, sustains the occupation, the extension of the settlements and the confiscation of land, and prevents Palestinians from achieving our freedom.

BRANDEIS BREAKS IT OFF

Even for a school that held on to a relationship with a Palestinian Arab university steeped in homicidal hatred for Jews and the Jewish state, this went too far.

Giving him due credit, Lawrence did not mince words.

Unfortunately, the Al-Quds statement is unacceptable and inflammatory. While Brandeis has an unwavering commitment to open dialogue on difficult issues, we are also obliged to recognize intolerance when we see it, and we cannot – and will not – turn a blind eye to intolerance. As a result, Brandeis is suspending its partnership with Al-Quds University effective immediately.

“The decision to sever the relationship between Brandeis and Al-Quds is long overdue,” Brandeis sophomore Dor Cohen told The Jewish Press late Monday evening. “Refusing to condemn the Nazi-esque parade is completely contrary to the ideals our academic institutions are founded upon.”

Cohen commended Lawrence on his swift action, although the politics major said he believed the relationship between the two universities was “highly incomprehensible” to begin with.

Brandeis senior Rafi Abramowitz was incensed by Nusseibeh’s statement.

“Until the statement was issued, we had no idea whether the Al-Quds administration backed the students, but for them to call what happened a ‘smear campaign by Jewish extremists’ is very telling,” Abramowitz said.  The business major was very appreciative of the action taken by Lawrence.  He just wished that a forceful denunciation of the Nov. 5 activities had come sooner. “He should have come out immediately and said: ‘this is not what our partnership is about.’”

Still, Abramowitz had only good things to say about Lawrence as president of the school. “President Lawrence has a great presence on campus, he comes to services, he invites students to his home for dinners, he goes to games.”

Abramowitz was also glad that the school refused to continue its relationship with Al-Quds, given the demonstration and the Nusseibeh’s statement. “People have begun to think that Brandeis represents that mentality of liberalism that tolerates abuse of Israel.  Most students are either positive to very positive in their feelings about Israel.”

Video: His Hebrew Is So Good, You Almost Forget He Wants You Dead

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Watch Neturei Karta leader Moshe Hirsch congratulating Israeli Islamist Raed Sallah for his courtroom victory against Deportation from Britain. Clip and subtitles courtesy of MEMRI TV.

The clip is from Hiwar TV (U.K.), taped on April 18, 2012.

Moshe Hirsch and his bunch are so toxic, they’ve been condemned by Satmar for being too extreme. Listening to him praising Allah and dreaming of a free Al Quds is a treat, mostly because he may look like he just walked out of the pale of settlement, but he sounds like a Sabra. Oy vey…

Gulf States Warn Hamas PM Not to Visit Iran

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

According to a report in Palestinian daily Al Quds, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was warned by Gulf State leaders against visiting Iran, the next stop on his tour of the Middle East.

“Officials in the Gulf states advised Haniyeh not to visit Iran due to tense relations,” the report said, and quoted a source close to the meetings as saying “without a doubt, Haniyeh’s visit to Tehran will have consequences.”

Report: Jordan Considering Diplomatic Sanctions on Israel Over Palestinians

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

King Abdullah of Jordan has insinuated that relations between Israel and Jordan may suffer if Israel does not facilitate progress with the Palestinians in Jordan, according to the Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

The report stated that Abdullah was able to convince PA president Mahmoud Abbas to hold discussions in Amman by intimating that Jordan would consider diplomatic sanctions if Israel failed to “demonstrate it is willing to make significant concessions which will allow the Palestinian leadership to justify their return to the negotiating table.”

Al-Quds? Jerusalem? No, Yerushalayim

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Israel has taken a significant step this week toward enhancing the Jewish national character of the country. The Cabinet voted to appoint a ministerial committee to approve a uniform Hebrew naming system – not Arabic, not English – for all Jewish locations in the country.
For instance, though Arabs have taken to calling our Eternal City “Al-Quds,” the name of Israel’s capital will no longer be left to the political-nationalist whims and machinations of various ethnic groupings. Instead, the eternal Holy City must be known forevermore by its biblical, Hebrew, Zionist name: Yerushalayim.
As of now, street signs for Jerusalem say Yerushalayim in Hebrew letters, Jerusalem in English, and Urshalayim-Al-Quds in Arabic. Once the new plan is adopted, all three languages will read “Yerushalayim.”
Not only Jerusalem will be affected. The name Tiberias, for example, will no longer appear on street signs or maps; instead, the city – one of Judaism’s four holy metropolises – will be known only by its Hebrew appellation, Tverya. (The rules state that even if the Hebrew name ends with “h,” as do Tveryah, Ofrah, Kiryat Shmonah and others, the official English spelling will not end with “h.” Go figure )
The changes will affect cities, towns, intersections and historic sites, and will be manifest on street signs, maps, school books, and all official publications.
The new system was initiated by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz of Likud, who explained, “Decisions regarding the uniform, official names must be made based on Zionism . Names have significance in terms of national awareness and the national narrative. If someone wants to use street signs to turn Jewish Jerusalem into Palestinian Al-Quds, it won’t happen under this government. Just as Arab towns don’t want to give Jewish names – the Palestinian Authority has issued an order to erase all Hebrew signs – Jewish towns need not have Arab names.”
The importance of the move can be gauged by the extent of the Arab opposition to it. Arab MK Ahmed Tibi said, “Minister Katz is mistaken if he thinks that by laundering words he can erase Arab ties to the land . Al-Quds will remain Al-Quds, Yaffo will remain Yaffa, and Shfar’am will stay Shfa-Amar.” (Shfar’am, in the Galilee, is mentioned in the Talmud, hundreds of years before the Muslims came into being and conquered parts of the Holy Land.)
Al-Quds, which is Arabic for “The Holy,” is simply an attempt to erase the city’s Jewish name and rewrite history. This strategy is not the first time the “name game” has been attempted as a way of wresting away Jerusalem from the Jewish people.
 The Roman emperor Hadrian rebuilt the ruined city in the 130′s, and gave it a thoroughly Roman-pagan name: Aelia Capitolina, after himself and Jupiter. His goal was to ensure that Jews never again live there – yet within a relatively short time, his descendants and countrymen all but forgot that there had ever been a Roman presence in Jerusalem (the Byzantines took over the city in 324).
Jewish generations, on the other hand, never in history severed their national, religious, and emotional ties with the Holy City. Hadrian would have been mortified to see the more than half-million Jews now living in the city.
Today, another attempt is being made to “capture” the Jews’ holy city by giving it a new name. Ironically, Al-Quds is actually an abbreviation for a previous Arabic name used for Jerusalem, “Bet Al-maKDeS” – referring to none other than the Beit HaMikdash, our Holy Temple. Thus, the name the Arabs use for Jerusalem for the purpose of “Arabizing” it is actually one that perpetuates its Jewishness!
The Arab world is now preparing for the convening of the UN General Assembly this coming September, at which it plans to demand recognition of a PLO state with Jerusalem as its capital. The non-viability of this idea – in terms of security, demographics, municipal government, history, religion and modern-day politics – has been explained at length in our previous articles and elsewhere.
Logic and justice notwithstanding, however, it is likely the world body will not be convinced, and will in fact vote to recognize a Muslim state on the Jewish homeland. Now, therefore, is the time to strengthen our own bonds with Israel and Yerushalayim. What could be easier than to call it by its Jewish name, whether in private conversation, e-mails to friends, acquaintances and Congressmen, blogs, letters to the editor, and wherever else?
When Arab spokesmen use the name Al-Quds, we cringe as we sense their pompousness in claiming a city that was never theirs. How much more so should we be justifiably proud, and earn points on the international PR scene as well, to call the Holy Eternal City by its real name: Yerushalayim.
For more information on how to participate in keeping Jerusalem Jewish, via updates, bus tours of critical parts of Jerusalem, and more, send an e-mail to tours@keepjerusalem.org or visit the Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech website at www.keepjerusalem.org.
Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel’s minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel is senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7 and an author. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.

Their column appears every other week.

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