Wednesday, January 26, 2005


Israel puts pressure on Columbia University

Israeli Ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon cancelled his participation in a conference at Columbia University today. The announcement is the latest in a series of attempts to pressure Columbia University into firing (or refusing tenure to) professor Joseph Massad, adding Israel to a list that includes Campus Watch, the David Project (a pro-Israel advocacy group that recently produced a film targeting Massad), the New York Sun, and US Rep. Anthony Weiner. It seems that Israel is looking to keep the fire under Columbia and not let the momentum that existed when the David Project's film first began to circulate (it has yet to be publicly released) dissipate.

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