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MESA Letter on Gaza Aid Ignores Hamas, Blames Israel

MESA Letter on Gaza Aid Ignores Hamas, Blames Israel

The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) has sent a letter to the recent "International Conference for the Reconstruction of Gaza" expressing "grave concern over Israel's indiscriminate bombardment and destruction of Palestinian educational institutions" and recommending that "international donors . . . hold Israel accountable" by insisting that aid be contingent upon ending "the blockade and other policies of military occupation" that allegedly imperil "academic freedom and the right to education" in the Gaza strip.

The letter relies upon the notoriously biased United Nations for its obviously inflated figures. Worse, it makes no mention whatsoever of Hamas's rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, or its kidnapping and murder of Israeli citizens, both of which precipitated Israel's military action. Also conveniently omitted is Hamas's calculated use of human shields and UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) facilities.

MESA has a long history of issuing one-sided letters accusing Israel of supposed restrictions on academic freedom, as these from 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, and 2001 demonstrate.

But rest assured, writes MESA president and George Washington University professor Nathan J. Brown, MESA's role is merely "to promote scholarship and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa."

 

Technion Team Enters iGEM 2014 with Technology to ID Food Toxins

Technion Team Enters iGEM 2014 with Technology to ID Food Toxins

Two years after winning the gold medal: A team of Technion students once again enters the international iGEM Competition, with a novel technology capable of identifying t...

CUNY Professor Publishes New Book About the Culture of Reading

CUNY Professor Publishes New Book About the Culture of Reading

Meagan Lacy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction, is an author and the editor of a new book, The Slow Book Revolution: Cre...

Bar-Ilan U Offering Fellowships for its Archaeological Excavations

Bar-Ilan U Offering Fellowships for its Archaeological Excavations

Bar-Ilan University is now offering fellowships to college students around the world wishing to participate in its annual excavations at Tell-es Safi.

Approximately two do...

Former U.S. Senator to Discuss “Judaism and Public Policy” at YU

Former U.S. Senator to Discuss “Judaism and Public Policy” at YU

Former United States Senator Joseph Lieberman will deliver his first public seminar as a member of the Yeshiva University faculty on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Weis...

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