Bard maintains Al-Quds University ties, York ‘investigating’ after Nazi-style rally

( Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, said it will continue its partnership with Al-Quds University despite the recent Nazi-style rally at the Palestinian school in Jerusalem. York University in Toronto, meanwhile, is “investigating” the matter of the rally and its Al-Quds partnership, spokesperson Joanne Rider told

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

Brandeis University and Syracuse University suspended their ties with Al-Quds after the rally, but Bard President Leon Botstein wrote in a statement to The Jerusalem Post that Al-Quds contacted Bard “immediately” after the rally and “provided an unequivocal denunciation of that protest.” Botstein’s statement comes despite the fact that Brandeis considered an Al-Quds statement about the rally “unacceptable and inflammatory.” Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh highlighted “vilification campaigns by Jewish extremists” against the university, rather than exclusively addressing the Nazi-style rally.

But Botstein wrote to The Jerusalem Post that the Nazi-style rally and its “ensuing controversy” demonstrate “that it is more important than ever to maintain our educational partnership with Al-Quds.” The notion that the Al-Quds administration condoned the student rally is simply inaccurate,” he wrote. Bard has active joint-degree programs with Al-Quds.

Posted on November 26, 2013 .