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January 18, 2008

Arun Submits Resignation, Judea Weighs In, Sally and Jon Say Sorry

Arun Ghandi, who suggested Israel is a "snake pit" and wrote that Israel and Jews are the "biggest players" in a "culture of violence" has offered to resign from his position as president of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence based at the University of Rochester. The Rochester Democrat & Journal reported the resignation on Jan. 17.

His offer to resign became public the day before Judea Pearl, condemned the Washington Post for allowing Ghandi to "portray the Jewish people as possessing an inherent disposition toward violence, unleashed and given license by the Holocaust." Pearl also wrote that "the article your editors have allowed to be posted is a painful insult to everything Daniel stood for, to everything America stands for, and to every decent person [...]"

Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn, moderators of "On Faith" where Ghandi's original post was displayed, have apologized for the original article and for the entire episode.

On Jan. 11, 2008, Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester condemned Arun Ghandi's original post and said Ghandis subsequent apology was not enough. He wrote "I believe that his subsequent apology inadequately explains his stated views, which seem fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of the University of Rochester."

There's just one question:

Will his resignation be accepted?

Posted by dvz at January 18, 2008 01:00 PM

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