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November 16 • 2006

Students, pro-Israel advocacy group
protest law faculty applicant.

Don Cohen
Special to the Jewish News

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WSU Staff Candidate's
Suitability Questioned



candidate for a faculty
position at the Wayne State
University Law School has
raised opposition from some students,
alumni and the pro-Israel advo-
cacy group StandWithUs. Opponents
charge that Wadie Said is unqualified
and anti-Israel, and would be a divi- -
sive presence on the Detroit campus,
which includes many Jewish and
Zionist students.
Wadie Said is a candidate for one
of four faculty positions at Metro
Detroit's only public law school.
He is the son of the late Columbia
University professor Edward Said, who
was a harsh critic of Israel.
Said received his juris doctor degree
from Columbia University School of
Law in 1999 after attending Princeton
University, where he graduated cum
laude with a bachelor's degree in his-
tory and a certificate in Near Eastern
studies. He worked in the West Bank
in the mid-to-late 1990s.
While an assistant federal public
defender in Tampa, Said was a defense
counsel in a large-scale criminal ter-
rorism case against University of
South Florida teacher Sarni Al-Arian
and seven others for their involvement
with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad
(PIJ), a terrorist group responsible for
dozens of attacks and more than 100
deaths in Israel. Said's client, Hatim
Fariz, pleaded guilty to performing
services for PIJ while knowing it was
designated as a terrorist organization
and involved in deadly acts of vio-
lence. He was sentenced to 37 months
imprisonment and three years of
supervised release.
According to Said's resume, in the
summer of 2003, he worked for the
United Nations Relief Works Agency
(UNRWA) in Beirut, preparing and
presenting a report on Palestinian
Authority curricula in the areas of
social studies, history and religious
education for compliance with United
Nations standards against racism and
incitement in educational materials.

StandWithUs has distributed an
e-mail calling Said "stridently anti-
Israel." They have appealed to WSU
to select "a more suitable candidate:'
charging his appointment would
"dilute academic standards, be detri-
mental in the classroom and exacer-
bate problems on campus."
The group expressed its concern in
a letter to WSU President Irvin Reid,
Law School Dean Frank Wu and Board
of Directors Vice Chair Eugene Driker.
Last month, the organization
worked with students concerned
about pro-divestment activities con-
ducted by Anti-Racist Action and
supported a counter-rally. At that
time, the group sent a letter to the
WSU administration and board of
governors about the climate on cam-
pus towards Jewish and pro-Israel
students. They say they have yet to
receive a response.
Currently, the law school is search-
ing for faculty to teach in four areas,
including criminal law and procedure,
for which Said is being considered. A
committee of five faculty members,
headed by Jonathan Weinberg, is
charged with making recommenda-
tions that are then voted on by faculty.
Typically, at least a two-thirds vote is
needed for acceptance.
Said's name was one of 900 dis-
tributed to WSU and other law
schools affiliated with the American
Association of Law Schools. Weinberg
estimates that, before the end of the
year, members of the WSU law faculty
appointment committee will meet
with 30 or 40 candidates, and between
12-20 will meet with the full faculty.
Said has completed his interview with
full faculty and met with small groups
of administration and students. All are
asked to complete evaluations.
At least three other candidates
meeting with full faculty have primary
expertise in criminal law and proce-
dure. Interviews with these candidates
will continue until the end of the year,
and it is unlikely any decisions will be
made before mid-January.
Both Dean Wu and Weinberg
declined to comment on Said or any

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