Brandeis suspends partnership with Palestinian school after Nazi-style rally

( Brandeis University on Monday announced the suspension of its partnership with Al-Quds University following a recent Nazi-style rally at the Palestinian school in Jerusalem. 

The recent Nazi-style rally at Al-Quds University. Credit: Tom Gross.

At the Nov. 5 rally, Al-Quds students wore black military gear, carried fake automatic weapons, and gave the Nazi salute.  

“While Brandeis has an unwavering commitment to open dialogue on difficult issues, we are also obliged to recognize intolerance when we see it, and we cannot—and will not—turn a blind eye to intolerance,” Brandeis, which had partnered with Al Quds since 2003, said in a press release. “As a result, Brandeis is suspending its partnership with Al-Quds University effective immediately.”

Brandeis called an Al-Quds statement on the rally “unacceptable and inflammatory.” The statement described “Jewish extremists” and “opportunities” who cite events like the Nazi-style rally as “evidence justifying their efforts to muster broad Jewish and western opinion to support their position” about Palestinians.

“This public opinion, in turn, sustains the occupation, the extension of settlements and the confiscation of land, and prevents Palestinians from achieving our freedom,” the Al-Quds statement said.

Posted on November 18, 2013 .