In a controversy testing the limits of academic freedom, the State University of New York joined more than more than 100 academic institutions last December in condemning the American Studies Association for its approval of an academic boycott of Israel.
This past week, President Obama took his first trip to Israel as the leader of the United States. As the closest ally in the Middle East to the U.S., this trip was celebrated by the Israeli community, yet was equally criticized by those who believe that peace talks are a lost cause.
Over the past year and a half, the policies of Ariel Sharon’s coalition government have come under increasing fire from moderates and the world community.Collective punishment and assassination tactics employed by the Israeli government have been met on the Palestinian side with the second Intefadeh and an escalationin suicide bombings and attacks. The sudden spike in violence has raised thespecter of all-out war in the already volatile region.
The Provost Global Issues Lecture series continued last week with Dr. Daniel Pipes, a renowned columnist for both the New York Post and Jerusalem Post. He is recognized as one of the leading scholars on the Middle East. Sponsored by Hillel, the lecture began with a rundown of Dr. Pipe’s extensive list of accomplishments and qualifications, not the least of which was a PhD in History from Harvard