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The Daily TIP: Appointed Dean at Dartmouth Steps Down After Anti-Israel Activism Revealed

Posted by Tip Staff - May 23, 2017

Appointed Dean at Dartmouth Steps Down After Anti-Israel Activism Revealed
ISIS Takes Credit for Terror Attack at Manchester Concert Killing 22
Trump to Abbas: "Peace Can Never Take Root in an Environment Where Violence is Tolerated"
Size of Gazelle Herd in Jerusalem's Urban Nature Reserve Triples in Two Years

Appointed Dean at Dartmouth Steps Down After Anti-Israel Activism Revealed

The president of Dartmouth College announced in an email to faculty on Monday that a recently appointed dean of faculty has declined the position following widespread outcry over his support for academic boycotts of Israel.

Professor N. Bruce Duthu's appointment in March came under heavy criticism after it was revealed that he co-authored a 2013 declaration backing boycotts of Israeli universities for the council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA).

President Phil Hanlon said that Duthu will remain at Dartmouth as a professor of Native American studies.

Duthu, who was set to assume the position of dean of the faculty of arts and science in July, also stepped down as associate dean of the faculty for international studies and interdisciplinary programs.

The decision to appoint Duthu, an advocate of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, to a top administrative post raised questions about Dartmouth’s commitment to academic freedom. BDS aims to restrict engagement with Israel, academic and otherwise, until it accedes to a number of unilateral Palestinian demands, and many of its leaders have affirmed that they seek Israel’s destruction. The campaign was rejected by the president of Dartmouth and many other university heads, including former President of Harvard University Lawrence Summers, who warned that academic divestiture and boycott movements singling out Israel were "anti-Semitic in effect if not intent.”

In a faculty-wide email on May 3rd protesting Duthu’s promotion, Dartmouth Economics Professor Alan Gustman noted:

The chant of the BDS movement, from the river to the sea, is anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, and profoundly anti- Jewish. It refers to sweeping the Jews out of Israel. Where else do we find movements advocating action against the academic institutions in any country but Israel, including many truly bad actors in the world?

BDS is singling out Israel – the one country in the world that has a majority Jewish population. Indeed, this movement has become a cover for many anti-Semites who like nothing better than to once again be free to exercise their prejudices. It also is important to understand, especially when evaluating the significance of appointing a BDS advocate as the Dean of the Faculty, that BDS is not just a statement of beliefs or a philosophical movement: it is a statement of action.

ISIS Takes Credit for Terror Attack that Killed 22 at Manchester Concert

The terrorist organization ISIS has officially claimed responsibility for last night’s attack on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead – many of them children - and injured at least 59, The British Independent reported Tuesday.

In a statement released by their news agency Amaq, the group asserted it was a revenge operation carried out on “infidels...in response to their transgressions against the lands of the Muslims.”

“With Allah's grace and support, a soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate] managed to place explosive devices in the midst of the gatherings of the crusaders in the British city of Manchester,” it said.

British police have identified the perpetrator as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, born in Manchester in 1994, as the second youngest of four children. His parents were Libyan refugees who escaped the Gaddafi regime.

It was not immediately clear whether the attack was ordered or inspired by the Islamic State. It is deadliest atrocity on British soil since four Islamic terrorists killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

The attack in Manchester also marked the second assault on a European music venue in two years and officials have drawn parallels with the coordinated attacks in November 2015, when terrorists murdered 129 people at a concert at the Bataclan theatre in Paris.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday sent a letter to the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II expressing both his and the citizens of Israel’s “deep sorrow” over the senseless loss of life.

The president added “The whole world must stand united against this threat to our very civilization. I wish to reassure you that Israel stands with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.”

Trump to Abbas: "Peace Can Never Take Root in an Environment Where Violence is Tolerated"

In a joint appearance with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, President Donald Trump rebuked the PA's widely-criticized policy of paying salaries to terrorists and their families.

“Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” Trump said as he stood next to Abbas. “We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice.”

Trump has often voiced his opposition to the PA's practice of financially incentivizing terrorism. When Abbas visited Washington earlier this month, Trump told the Palestinian president that there would be “no lasting peace”with Israel “unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence."

A day later, Nabil Shaath, a top adviser to Abbas, told Israel Radio that it would be "insane" for the PA to stop paying prisoners who had been convicted of terrorism or their families.

When Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, the president said that "Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age." He also called on Palestinian leadership to "acknowledge" Israel.

Trump made the same point during his 2016 speech at AIPAC:

You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace. It is a horrible way to think. It’s a barrier that can’t be broken. That will end and it’ll end soon, believe me. In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fomenting there for years and if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to go out and they’ve got to start [sic] this educational process. They have to end education of hatred. They have to end it and now.

On Monday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D – N.Y.), the Senate Minority Leader, called on the president to bring up the topics of incitement and payment to terrorists with Abbas. Schumer said that Abbas had to “to immediately pursue a new path,” if he wants peace with Israel.

Size of Gazelle Herd in Jerusalem's Urban Nature Reserve Triples in Two Years

Staff at the Gazelle Valley nature park in Jerusalem are celebrating the recent birth of two new fawns, as these cute offspring bring the number of antelope to 20.

Two years ago, when the nature reserve officially opened the Gazelle Valley nature park had just six long-legged antelope, a staffer at the park tells ISRAEL21c.

Gazelle Valley, officially known as Pri Har Valley, opened to the public in 2015. A lengthy court battle between real-estate developers and local conservationists, with the help of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and other environmentalists, took some 20 years to resolve.

Today, this green open space of 260 dunams (64 acres) in the heart of Jerusalem holds the distinguished title of being Israel’s first urban nature reserve.

Over the years, the conservationists fought on behalf of the local antelope population to keep them and their natural environment safe. The birth of the new offspring in April is a reason to celebrate, say the nature park staff.

Amir Balaban, the Society for the Protection of Nature’s (SPNI) Director for the Environmental Protection Division, filmed and uploaded a video of the newest fawns to join the herd in Gazelle Valley. Balaban also filmed a beautiful video of the gazelle bachelors locking horns and frolicking around.

Gazelle Valley – in addition to being a home to its own antelope herd — also serves as a rehabilitation center for deer and antelope rounded up by the SPNI with the help of the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem.

(via Israel21c)

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