|Boycott Watch to
Duke University: Don't Host Palestinian Hate Fest That Promotes Illegal
|August 12, 2004
|Summary: Boycott Watch sent a letter to the
president of Duke University warning that a Palestinian Conference scheduled
for the Duke Campus is not what it is promoted as.
| In our ongoing effort challenging the legality of
the campus based divest-from-Israel campaigns, Boycott Watch sent a letter to
President Richard H. Brodhead of Duke University detailing what he needs to
know about a conference scheduled at Duke.
The Palestine Solidarity
Movement claims to be "organized to promote peace, justice, and human rights
for the Palestinian people," yet it promotes the exact opposite for others. The
PSM is planning a conference at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
October 15-17, 2004. A Boycott Watch representative attended one such
conference last year at the Ohio State University, and discovered that
conference promoted hate and violence toward Jews and Israelis - the opposite
of what the promoters claim for themselves.
"If someone truly wants
peace, then they should promote peace and well being for everyone, not just
themselves. Throughout history, those who only want peace for themselves at the
expense of others have all been brutal dictators, such as Stalin, Hitler, and
Saddam Hussein" said Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch. "The conference at
Duke is nothing more than a hate fest. The promoters claim they want peace, yet
at the same time they espouse hatred of Jews and promote economic warfare
against Israel by means of divestment campaigns and other boycotts. These
conferences even discuss ways to intimidate companies from doing business with
or in Israel; then instruct students how to lie to Israeli immigration about
their intent when visiting Israel. The conference promotes illegal and
unethical activities - plain and simple. Knowingly hosting such a conference is
therefore unethical too.
"If Duke University holds the conference on
their campus, the university may very well be an accomplice in the crimes that
have been promoted in the conferences held at other campuses." Taub continued.
Boycott Watch is a consumer advocacy organization that is at the
forefront of fighting illegal foreign boycotts. For more information, contact
the Boycott Watch office at 216-765-2273.
Here to read the Boycott Watch letter to President Richard H. Brodhead of