The presidents of Columbia University and Barnard College are publicly opposing a faculty-sponsored campaign calling for their institutions to divest from Israel.
Lee Bollinger of Columbia and Judith Shapiro of Barnard issued written statements last week as a group of faculty and staff members prepared to lobby Columbia's Board of Trustees to endorse their divestment petition this week.
Kathy Kaler’s mother had a strange dream about her daughter in South Africa a few years ago. She dreamed that she heard her daughter, who worked in marketing in Johannesburg, on the radio.
Kaler’s mother’s dream comes true next week.
Chai FM, South Africa’s first Jewish radio station, will sign on at 101.9 FM on Dec. 1 at 6 a.m., Johannesburg time. Kaler is its founder and director and host of a talk show.
Inside the third-floor conference hall, Cardozo Law School officials beamed with pride as Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu accepted a peace award sponsored by the school, an affiliate of Yeshiva University.
But outside the hall, a group of students protested the selection by fellow students of Archbishop Tutu as the fourth recipient of the International Advocate for Peace Award, labeling him an anti-Semite and opponent of Israel.
"Anti-Semite on campus," called out Cardozo student Yishai Fleisher, a bearded man sporting a yarmulke and tzitizit.
Friday, December 4th, 2009
Binaymin Jolkovsky, the good hearted and very hard working editor of Jewish World Review, a terrific online magazine with reprints of just about every great newspaper column in America, along with wonderful, inspirational Jewish material, podcasts, and even comics, was taken to the hospital by ambulance this week. He left a note to his readers, he ”apologizes for not being able to publish” while he’s flat on his back.
Pray for him, his Hebrew name is Binyamin Leib ben-Pesha.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger Thursday night criticized as “grotesque and offensive” a faculty-sponsored petition calling for the university to divest from Israel.
“The petition alleges human rights abuses and compares Israel to South Africa at the time of apartheid, an analogy I believe is both grotesque and offensive,” Bollinger said in a statement. “As president of Columbia ... I want to state clearly that I will not lend any support to this proposal.”
Columbia University is the latest battleground in a national drive to persuade universities to stop investing in Israel because of its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.
Dueling petitions are circulating on the Internet this week on both sides of the divestiture issue.
A group of faculty members from Columbia and Barnard College launched a petition Oct. 26 calling on Columbia to use its “political and financial influence to encourage the United States to suspend military aid and arms sales to Israel.”
The Islamist rhetoric blaming Jews for the Sept. 11 attacks on America has gotten bad enough that President George W. Bush and other national and international political leaders need to counter the anti-Semites and quell the growing anxiety of Jewish citizens, says the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
“President Bush should publicly put his arms around the Jewish community,” Abraham Foxman said. “Some leaders don’t think it’s serious, but as Jews we take it very seriously.”
Campus battles over the Middle East conflict and rising anti-Semitism are heating up on several fronts:
# A national pro-Palestinian student conference declaring that “Zionism is racism” is slated for Oct. 12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with plans to increase pressure on college officials to drop investments in Israel.
Sandi DuBowski’s new project is a kind of cinematic thumb in the eye to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian president famously announced last year while speaking at Columbia University that there are no gays in Iran. A new documentary, “A Jihad for Love,” about the struggles of gay Muslims from Egypt to India, in South Africa and yes, in Iran, shows a different story.
A first-time visit to South Africa, newly free of apartheid in the mid-1990s, was an eye opener for Rev. Linda Tarry-Chard.
Rev. Tarry-Chard, minister for interfaith relations at Riverside Church on The Upper West Side, was shocked by the poverty and the still-inequitable living conditions she saw in the townships where many of the country’s black citizens lived.