Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence announced Monday that Brandeis has suspended its partnership with Al-Quds University following a Nov. 5 demonstration on the Al-Quds campus in east Jerusalem where demonstrators wore black military gear, were armed with fake automatic weapons, and raised the Nazi salute.
Off campus, the students demonstrate with real automatic rifles, but not on-campus, as the university has a no guns policy.
After President Lawrence contacted Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh and requested an unequivocal condemnation of the demonstration, Nusseibeh responded with a statement complaining of “vilification campaigns by Jewish extremists.”
Al-Quds is funded by donations from western nations. It was established by Israel in 1984, one of several universities Israel helped set up for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with the aim of increasing the educational level of Palestinians.
Brandeis is a quintessential liberal university, placing a heavy emphasis on programs such as Peace Studies. Al-Quds and Brandeis formed their academic partnership a decade ago.
|Students clad in black military gear step on Israeli flags and give fascist salute|
|Photos of suicide bombers and other terrorist martyrs held up as heroes|
|Note that the group's symbol includes the territory they lay claim to and it includes all of Israel|
Demonstrations like this - at the supposedly moderate al-Quds University - tend to convince Israelis that the Palestinians will never keep a peace treaty, regardless of any piece of paper their leaders may sign.