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September 21, 2006

UPDATE: Columbia University Plans to Welcome Iran's President Fall Through

UPDATE: The Columbia Spectator is reporting that "the President of Iran will not speak on campus Friday due to logistical reasons, according to University officials."

Ahmadinejad Will Provide Guest Lecture at Columbia

In yet another outrageous move, Columbia University has invited Iranian President Ahmadinejad to address its students. The New York Sun reports:

The invitation comes a day after Mr. Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly that Israel's creation was "a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history" and that the Jewish nation "has been a constant source of threat and insecurity in the Middle East region, waging war and spilling blood and impeding the progress of regional countries, and has also been used by some powers as an instrument of division, coercion, and pressure on the people of the region."

Yesterday, the foreign minister of Israel, Tzipi Livni, called on the international community to "stand against" the threat of Iran, whose suspect nuclear program has become a top security concern for President Bush and Israel.

This is not the first time Columbia has been at the center of controversy regarding its anti-Israel actions. Professors in Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) Department were accused of anti-Israel bias and intimidation of students who voiced contrary opinions. And at the beginning of 2005, a university panel advocating a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict served as a forum for vicious propaganda and hate speech against Israel.

Posted by rh at September 21, 2006 12:31 PM


just wondering if hitler was still alive would the university invite him as well?
howard rosen

Posted by: Howard Rosen at September 21, 2006 04:55 PM

I'm a research associate at Columbia, and strongly protest your allowing the president of Iran to speeak at your college. This is akin to letting Hitler speak. This man is an enemy of the U.S., Israel, democracy, and peace loving people around the world.
Free speech is not anologous to shouting fire in a movie theatre. You are degrading Columbia's reputation and demeaning our democratic principles, by allowing this radical,barbaric killer who has much innocent blood on his hands to speak at your university.

Posted by: Jack Lauber at September 21, 2006 05:54 PM

It's just a shame how academia in this country is going totally to the tubes. Not only when it comes to Israel but also when it comes to actual academic knowledge. It is more important to indoctrinate students with all kinds of left-wing perverted agendas than to equip them to be the best they can be in their future careers. No wonder it would frighten me if I would have to send my children to public school like they do in many other countries. Here at least I have a choice.

Posted by: Andy at September 21, 2006 06:39 PM

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