Brandeis University cuts ties with Palestinian college

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Brandeis University has suspended its decade-old partnership with a Palestinian university after its president refused to condemn a campus demonstration in which marchers reportedly flashed Nazi salutes amid banners depicting images of suicide bombers as martyrs.

Brandeis — a nonsectarian, Jewish-sponsored university — said its president, Frederick M. Lawrence, had asked the head of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem to issue an “unequivocal condemnation” of the Nov. 5 demonstration. But in a statement released Sunday night, the Arab university’s president, Sari Nusseibeh, fell short of condemning the demonstrations. Instead, he called the campus “a sacred space for free and open discussion, the exchange of ideas, and the expression of contradictory views.”

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