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American University Severs Ties with Palestinian University

American University Brandeis distances itself from Palestiniain Al-Quds University after “Nazi-Style” demonstration

By: Zak Edwards
Published: November 19th, 2013 in News » World
American University Brandeis

American University Brandeis has severed its relationship with Palestinian Al-Quds University after a demonstration that featured anti-Semitic protests caused a hasty reevaluation.

Last week, student protesters “marched in black military gear with fake automatic weapons while waving flags and offering the traditional Nazi salute” according to The Times of Israel.

In response, the American university has suspended its sister school status. “While Brandeis has an unwavering commitment to open dialogue on difficult issues,” the university said in an official statement, “We are also obliged to recognize intolerance when we see it, and we cannot – and will not – turn a blind eye to intolerance.”

The partnership began in the late eighties as an attempt to create dialogue towards a peaceful solution, but the response by Al-Quds’ president to the demonstrations forced a change in perspective.

President Sari Nusseibeh has stated that the response to paint the demonstration as anti-Semitic is part of a Jewish extremist agenda, one that paints “the Palestinians as a people undeserving of freedom and independence, and as a people who must be kept under coercive control and occupation.”


Brandeis university has condemned the comments as “inflammatory.”

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