Penn’s student newspaper is getting some heat for an anti-Palestinian advertisement — described as “inflammatory,” “extremist” and “defilement” by critics — that ran in its print edition earlier this week. If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it should.
The group behind the ad is the David Horowitz Freedom Center (run by it’s namesake, at right), which has been placing, or trying to place, similarly incendiary materials in Ivy League newspapers for some time now. In May, the Brown Daily Herald and the Yale Daily News both published a DHFC ad called “Wall of Lies,” which incited an angry response from students. According to a commenter on the DP’s website, the ad also ran in that paper around the same time. We called the DP to confirm, but haven’t yet received a response. (Update: The “Wall of Lies” ad did run last spring.)
The marketing push seem to be part of Horowitz’s “Islamo-Fascist Awareness Campaign,” which takes Horowitz to campuses all over the country, where he says things like: “There is a movement for a second Holocaust of the Jews that is being supported [at U.C. Santa Barbara] by the Muslim Student Association.” At other points — and I’m not even trying to make a subjective claim here — he pretty roundly lumps all Palestinaians into the “TERRORIST” category. And those Keffiyahs you like to wear for nights out in Brooklyn? Sorry, but the terrorists just won.
Though we haven’t yet seen the most recent ad — it might be “Wall of Lies” again, but it also might not — we’re pretty comfortable assuming that its tenor is just about what you would expect, based on the response it’s generated thus far.
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On Friday the 13th, Harvard’s Managing Company filed its holdings for the 2nd quarter
(ended 6/30/10) to the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission), not to be confused with the Southeastern Conference of college football. A copy of the submitted 13F-HR form can be seen here. When one compares its most recent filings to those reported on May 14, 2010 for the 1st financial quarter, a trend emerges – the five companies below have been sold.
- 489,490 shares – Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA; TASE: TEVA), sold for $30.5 million
- 52,360 shares – NICE Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: NICE; TASE: NICE), sold for $1.67 million
- 102,940 shares – Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP, sold for $3.6 million
- 32,400 shares – Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL; TASE:CEL) for $1.1 million
- 80,000 shares – Partner Communications Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTNR; TASE: PTNR), sold for $1.8 million.
Why is this important? Find out after the jump…
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Earlier this month, hundreds of universities rallied behind their Israeli counterparts and signed a petition in opposition to a proposed UK boycott of that nation’s academics. The presidents of Dartmouth, Cornell, and Princeton all signed on to the statement that Columbia President Lee Bollinger drafted. Heck, even Penn President Amy Gutmann, of faux suicide bomber photo op fame, signed on. Sure, it’s mostly just a feel-good resolution that might actually make things worse, but these kinds of things are the bread and butter of academia. Religion masquerading as science? Sign a petition. ROTC knocking at your campus’ doorstep? Sign a petition. A rape and/or use of racial epithets may or may not have occurred at a lacrosse team and/or private gathering? Sign a petition.
Except Harvard President Drew Faust does not roll that way, especially not in a way that would have her name printed a good 4 pts. smaller than this riff-raff Bollinger. You can almost feel the frigidity:
Finally, while I am most comfortable expressing my views on such matters directly in my own words as opposed to signing group statements or petitions, I obviously join many colleagues throughout the international academic community in denouncing unequivocally an action that would serve no purpose and would fundamentally violate the academic freedoms we must defend at all costs.
In other words, Faust may agree with what you say, but will defend to the death her right to say it separately. And indeed, a good 15 minutes of intense Google searching could not find a single, lone petition or joint letter that Faust has signed.
Of course, all that is still a bit more admirable than what’s been insinuated as Yale’s reason for not signing on: Fear of alienating big donors. Come on, Yale, you’ve got your racially-charged stereotypes all backwards!
EDIT: Thanks, G.T.