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Mr. Pipes Might Not Be Going to Brandeis

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First Daniel Pipes was chased off the stage by (his words) “what appear to be goons of an Islamist persuasion.” Now the hawkish Middle East scholar has an oped in the Brandeis University Justice alleging that his invitation to speak on campus is being put on hold by a university of a Jewish persuasion….

“But on Jan. 23, former President Jimmy Carter visited Brandeis, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz quasi-debated him, and the ensuing contention prompted the University to establish a closed student-faculty committee to monitor speakers on the Middle East. (This committee comes on top of an already existing committee the provost created earlier in response to the “Voices of Palestine” exhibit in Spring 2006.) Oddly, although my talk was to deal with Europe, it was deemed to fall into the Middle East category and is now on hold, pending this new committee’s approval.”

The kicker: Pipes thinks donors should cut off their support to the university….

“Over the decades, Brandeis has benefited substantially from the support of those concerned with Israel’s security and welfare. Sadly, its record in this arena under Reinharz has strayed so badly that already a year ago the Zionist Organization of America called for “donors to reconsider their support for Brandeis.” So long as he remains the University’s president, that strikes me as sound advice.”


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