Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh: No Jews Allowed in Palestinian State

My colleague, Campus Watch director Winfield Myers, has posted the following at the Campus Watch blog:

As Anti-Racist Blog brought to my attention, the indispensable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated the tape of an interview in which the president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Sari Nusseibeh, makes anti-Semitic remarks during a rant against the presence of Jews in any future Palestinian state. (See them, italicized, below.)

Key to the interest of Campus Watch in this case is that Al-Quds has partnered with several American and Canadian universities to offer programs, classes, and research opportunities. The schools involved include the University of Michigan at Dearborn, Northeastern University, York University in Ontario, Brandeis, and George Washington University. Al-Quds also receives U.S. government support.

This afternoon, I sent the email below to the heads of each of these schools. If they reply, we'll make their remarks available; they may choose to speak through the media. Most important is that they not stand for such blatant anti-Semitism from the head of an institution that is supported by the schools they lead.

Dear President X,

I am the director of Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has released the translation of a November 30, 2007 interview in Arabic of the president of Al-Quds University, Sari Nusseibeh.

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1630.htm

In this interview, President Nusseibeh states:

The Israelis now living in the territories of the future Palestinian state should return to living within the borders of the state of Israel. No Jew in the world, now or in the future, as a result of this document, will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state.

Given that X University has close relations with Al-Quds (link to university web page ), I wondered if you had any public comment on the remarks of President Nusseibeh.

Thank you very much,

Winfield Myers
Director
Campus Watch
Update: James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard, sends the following comment for posting:
I, James Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, have read the statement by Sari Nusseibeh in his official capacity as President of Al Quds University: "No Jew in the world, now or in the future... will have the right... to live... in East Jerusalem" and so on. In response I declare that I refuse to teach or collaborate in any way professionally with any person having any connection whatsoever to Al Quds University, which must be regarded as an anti-Semitic and racialist entity. Furthermore I will oppose by every possible means, including prosecution under the laws of the United States, any association or cooperation of Harvard University with Al Quds. I urge all scholars and teachers of good will to join me.
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And now my own thoughts on the matter...

If one follows the logic of the anti-Israel crowd, "No Jews Allowed" is a perfectly acceptable stance. Why else would the presence of Jewish "settlers" living among Palestinians be deemed a justifiable cause for murder? Nusseibeh's remarks are indicative of the bigoted approach the international community (including the Bush administration) continues to promote with its ill-fated push for a Palestinian state.

Indeed, Nusseibeh has been labeled a "moderate" by than one Western intellectual. I wonder whether that label will change now that these comments have come to light? And, more specific to the concerns expressed by Campus Watch, will Al-Quds' Western university partners condemn his statements or do anything in response, for that matter?

Either way, this is yet another galling example of American taxpayer dollars funding the Palestinian and, thereby, worldwide jihad.

Update (12/27): The ZOA runs down some of Nusseibeh's objectionable statements from years past and urges "all Jewish and non-Jewish organizations and universities to abrogate their relationship with Sari Nusseibeh and to sever all ties with the Al-Quds University" (h/t Anti-Racist Blog).

6 Comments:

Anonymous H.Y. said...

Update: James R. Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard, sends the following comment for posting:

I, James Russell, Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, have read the statement by Sari Nusseibeh in his official capacity as President of Al Quds University: "No Jew in the world, now or in the future... will have the right... to live... in East Jerusalem" and so on. In response I declare that I refuse to teach or collaborate in any way professionally with any person having any connection whatsoever to Al Quds University, which must be regarded as an anti-Semitic and racialist entity. Furthermore I will oppose by every possible means, including prosecution under the laws of the United States, any association or cooperation of Harvard University with Al Quds. I urge all scholars and teachers of good will to join me.

WOW!

Friday, December 21, 2007 4:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Abe Miller said...

Antisemitism has become the acceptable form of bigotry and hatred for the politically correct campus. The sentiments enunciated by Sari Nusseibeh can be found to exist on many an American campus. Maybe if Jews were blowing themselves up, committing wanton acts of terrorism, and confining their women to the status of a family pet, the academic world would embrace them with the same fervor with which they've chosen to embrace Palestinians. After all, it is not liberalism that appropriately depicts the ideology of the campus but the authoritarianism of the far left, an ideology found in equal proportions in Hitler's Germany and Stalins Russia. In the 1930s, Columbia University hosted Hitler's ambassador with the same adulation that it recently hosted Iran's president. No university will terminate its relationship with Al Quds, for whether universities admit it publicly or not, this is what they believe about Jews.

Friday, December 21, 2007 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First: Prof. James R. Russell is a neocon or neocon groupie (loves David Horowitz, writes for FrontPage Mag, and is konwn for his super-conservative anti-Arab views). The fact that he wrote such a letter back is nothing more than one neocon scratching the back of another to try to lend some sort of legitimacy to the radical, racist agenda of CampusWatch. It's not a "Wow" reponse letter - it's not surprising at all - nor any kind of evidence of a pursuasive argument from Campus Watch.

Second: Nusseibeh is a moderate, as his long public history, his support from Jews and Palestinians and his writings show. One excerpt from a review of his latest book, Once Upon A Country, illustrates this well:

Nusseibeh also illuminates aspects of Islamic thought and traditions that are rarely brought up in today's discourse on Islam: elements of openness and inclusion. "At the deepest metaphysical levels, Jews and Arabs are allies," he says and he adds, perhaps alluding to the inevitability of a shared future based on the shared past, "any attempt to separate them is a product of the modern European myth of a 'pure' nation purged of outsiders."

Even on religion, arguably the most contentious of the issues we face, Nusseibeh points to the grey area in which we can find common ground. Contrary to what many in the West think, the violence that plagues our land is not the fault of our respective religions, even though they claim deep ties to the land. As Nusseibeh sees it, the problem lies in the policies represented by leaders such as the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on the one hand, and the slain Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin on the other, both of whom use religious sentiment to their own political ends. Hamas he says, may well "bristle at the thought of the enemy being the source of our identity as Muslims. But the religious fanatics can eradicate the Jews from Jerusalem only by first doing violence to Islam."

Sunday, December 23, 2007 8:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which statement by Nusseibeh should we believe, Anonymous? The one Cinnamon quotes or the one you quote? Both cannot be true. They are mutually contradictory. Either Jews can live in Jerusalem or they cannot. My guess is that Nusseibeh is lying, like all Arab spokesmen, when he says that Jews can live in Jerusalem and that the first quote introduced is what he really believes. The Arabs always lie when they speak to gullible Westerners and reserve the truth for when they think non-Arabs aren't paying attention.

Islamic "openness and inclusion" is another smarmy slogan people use to pull the wool over the eyes of unsuspecting Westerners who want to believe that Muslims are just like us. Muslims welcome non-Muslims in their societies so long as they accept their roles as dhimmis, protected minorities whom the Muslims deign to allow to live in Muslim lands so long as they keep to their place. It is nothing more or less than a Muslim version of Jim Crow. And all of this blather about Muslim "openness and inclusion" is based upon an unspoken assumption that no one ever questions: that the only correct structure of society in the Middle East is Muslim and that therefore the Muslims are the ones who have the right to be open and inclusive. The assumption is that Jews have upset the apple cart of Muslim "openness and inclusion" by insisting on what everyone else takes for granted: that they have a right to a state of, by, and for themselves. If not for that, the thinking goes, everything would be fine and Jews would be welcomed in the "open and inclusive", but completely Muslim, society.

This is racism, plain and simple. While there have been times in the past when Muslims have not treated the Jews in their midst as badly as the Christians have, Muslims have never accepted Jews (or Christians for that matter) as equal citizens with the same rights under the law as Muslims. The "acceptance" of Jews in Muslim societies always is on a razor's edge; tolerance is a privilege the Muslims extend to the non-Muslims in their midst and it can turn to violence and oppression at a moment's notice. And why should Jews have to wait, hat in hand, for Muslims to "accept" them? Anyone who thinks this is how things should be is an anti-Semite, since he believes that the Jews only have the "rights" that Muslims decide they will deign to extend.

This is why Israel is necessary. So long as there are countries where Islam is the default setting and where Jews have no rights, there must be an Israel where Jews can protect themselves from the depredations of Muslims.

Sunday, December 23, 2007 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous GM Roper said...

Anonymous: "First: Prof. James R. Russell is a neocon or neocon groupie (loves David Horowitz, writes for FrontPage Mag, and is konwn for his super-conservative anti-Arab views)."

Great, because the author disagrees with Russell about the value (or lack thereof) of David Horowitz, everything else Russell says is suspect.

Talk about not wanting to take an honest look at Al Quds agenda...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 8:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help noticing that despite your sensational tagline Nusseibeh does not say (at least, nit anywhere you bother to quote) that Jews will not be allowed in a future Palestinian state. So, nice try with the liying and that, but let's stick to what he says.

"The Israelis now living in the territories of the future Palestinian state should return to living within the borders of the state of Israel."

Well, that simply means that Israel should comply with international law for once, as the rest of the world has been politely asking it to do for forty years without the slightest success.

"No Jew in the world, now or in the future, as a result of this document, will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state."

Which isn't to say that they can't apply, or that they won't be admitted. Maybe they won't, but that isn't what he's saying. I might apply for Palestinioan residence, or indeed residence in Israel. In either case there is a cahance it would be granted, but as I amn neither Jewish nor Palestinian I cannot claim a "right" to such residence.
The Israelis currently in the Occupied Territories are there as military occupiers (or in the case of the more stupid, illegal squatters in the "settlements"). To suggest that they have some kind of right, God-given or otherwise, to residence in a Palestinian state is akin to suggesting that Germans have a right to residence in Norway because they once occupied it.

It wouldn't particylarly surirse me if Nusseibeh were anti-Semitic, but you really will jhave to find some evidence of it rather than just making it up out of your head and a few biblical prophecies.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008 3:48:00 PM  

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