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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Political correctness comes to Tufts

Tom Gross reports that JPost 'Palestinian' reporter Khaled Abu Toameh, who is a Muslim, has had a speaking engagement canceled at Tufts University just outside of Boston for fear that it would be 'misunderstood' by Muslims.
Moderate Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, who is a subscriber to this email list, writes on his Facebook page:
“Tufts Friends of Israel, the pro-Israel group on campus, has decided to cancel a lecture by Khaled Abu Toameh, scheduled for next week, in fear that I will be seen as anti-Islam by the Arab students and would make Tufts Friends of Israel look bad.”
This follows the recent decision by the Israel Society at Cambridge University in Britain to cancel a talk by Benny Morris (see a previous dispatch on this list for details.)
Aren't you glad there's freedom of speech in the US?


At 10:53 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Jew in the Ghetto lives on. Such servility is not going to make a lasting impression on those who hate Jews. The Jewish people and true "Friends Of Israel" needs friends like the folks at Tufts like they need enemies.

At 3:54 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Who ARE these repulsive golums who call themselves "Friends of Israel"?

With friends like these who needs enemies??

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Tufts student and a strong supporter of Israel, I am surprised that this event warranted attention outside of the Tufts community. Friends of Israel has brought many controversial speakers from all opinions. For this specific event, Friends of Israel weighed the pros and cons in the context of a burgeoning relationship with the recently-organized Muslim community at Tufts, which will benefit both communities in the long run and foster dialogue and understanding.
Also, as students at a top-tier university, balancing extra curricular activities and school work is an everyday struggle. The second half of second semester is a particularly busy time and clubs often have to scale back their programming in order to enhance the quality of the programs they hold.

Please note that this is a personal opinion and is not representative of Tufts Friends of Israel or the Tufts community as a whole.


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