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October 18, 2002 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-18

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from page 42

Other critics of the ad in academia
said the statement was "asymmetrical."
It may be, in fact it is, but that's
because the attacks on Jewish students
are asymmetrical. Routinely, black,
Muslim, Hispanic or gay students are
not vilified systematically.
Indeed, after 9-11, every political
leader from the president down
decried, in "asymmetrical" comments,
bigotry directed at Muslims.
Moreover, those attacks generally
came from individuals and not stu-
dent-sponsored organizations or other
organized efforts.
Coleman might note the ad is not

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states clearly: "These practices (over-
all intimidation) directed at any per-
son, group or cause, will not be tol-
erated on campuses."
So let us aim some "asymmetrical"
criticism at university presidents who
do not have the courage, dignity,
virtue or self-respect to condemn
hatred when they see it.
The institutions they head are the
lesser for that lack of leadership.
There is more to an outstanding uni-
versity than the architecture of its
buildings, the quality of its academ-
ics or the national rating of the foot-
ball team.
Indeed, the soul of an institution of
higher learning lies in the values
bitSed-tir itsleatkts. ET.
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bur prilititg , themies?
As much as peace needs to be nego-
tiated between Israeli and Palestinian
The most common difficulties'faCed leaders, we need to negotiate peace ,ori - -
by Jewish professors are not violence
our campuses. Neither the
or physical intimidation — which are
AJCommittee newspaper ad nor Pipes'
quickly addressed by campus security
Web site assist us.
forGes the isolaticiu:we .oftal:
- instead., they:inhibit .6onversatio8.,:/:;:,
experience in our support for Israel.
through their intimidation tactics. No
In my experience, it is often Arab
one wants to be misunderstood as an
and. Muslim students who most appre- anti :Sernite; --better not to talk.
ciate our concern to create peace for •
It's all very well for the
both Israel and Palestine, and who
_oMmittee and other organizations
ow,enbligii-a out exe
litzrrds ofdollirs -for a
appreciate its complexities.
full-page newspaper ad or Web site,
Most of us are well-aware, too, that
but it would have been far more use-
Arab and. Muslim students are often
ful to articulate how a Zionist can be
treated on campus with condescen-
legitimately critical of some Israeli
sion. We want to bring our communi-
government policies, support a
ties together, speak on behalf of one
Palestinian state and worry about the
another, unite in facing our common
human rights and political futures of
political concerns about the long-term
all people.
and sustainable future of Israel and
There is no - peace for one side in a
Palestine. How do we open the con-
conflict; there is either peace for all or
versation and speak to those we fear
peace for none. ❑

PIPES from page 43

have caused the INS to admit its
One would be wrong. "The only
indication that Mr. Hedayet could
pose a threat to others in the United
States," it defiantly announced last
week, "was his own assertion that he
was falsely accused of being a mem- •
ber of an organization that commit-
ted terrorist activities."
This cavalier attitude toward
Hedayet's possible membership in al-
Gama'a al-Islamiyya fits a pattern of
unrepentant sloppiness by the INS
that has acquired great national sig-
nificance. To begin the urgent repair
work, the INS must take three steps:

own up to its multiple errors with
regard to
Hesham Mohamed Ali Hedayet;
undertake a remedial campaign to go
through its archives and arrest or
deport all immigrants with ties to
terrorism; and hold accountable
those employees who behaved with
what appears to be criminal negli-
At a time when Americans are
watching corrupt business- executives
being hauled off in handcuffs, should
anything less await the INS staff
responsible not for swindling cus-
tomers but for allowing into the
country the murderers .of their fellow
citizens? Perhaps this will finally end
a vital institution's lax ways. ❑

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