UNC & Duke conference on the Middle East offers up anti-Semitism

UNC Chapel Hill and Duke Universities held a joint conference a few weeks ago that - thanks to an undercover video - has prompted a call for a federal investigation. (More on that in a bit.)

First, from Peter Reitzes at The Tower:

On Saturday March 23, I attended UNC-Chapel Hill’s (UNC-CH) “Conflict Over Gaza,” which I had hoped might possibly be constructive but in reality, was an anti-Israel hate-fest. The three-day conference was sponsored by UNC’s Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. As reported in the Tower, the opening reception and the opening remarks, as well as the full-day “academic sessions,” were all held on Shabbat, thus preventing observant members of the Jewish community from attending.

He says there were pro-Israel demonstrators outside the event. But, inside... well, that was a different story...

The large lobby area served as the central gathering place with vendor tables and catered snacks. It featured a large screen that played a photo collage on repeat, celebrating and glorifying Palestinian terrorism against Israel. Conference attendees continually saw photographs of Palestinians attacking Israel with incendiary devices, such as fire kites. Photographs of other forms of Palestinian terror – such as rockets and mortars being launched at Israel, terror tunnels, and suicide killers – were deliberately omitted from the collage.
The myth being sold here is that Palestinians fight with just kites and fire. Nowhere were there photographs of Israeli children hiding and crying in shelters as rockets from Gaza exploded around them.

Reitzes says there was no pro-Israel viewpoint permitted at the conference that was ostensibly aimed at educating people about the conflict.

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz got inside and recorded part of the entertainment - a Palestinian rapper:


As this video spread, it prompted Congressman George Holding (R-NC) to call for a federal investigation.

From the News & Observer:

Rep. George Holding, a Raleigh Republican, wrote a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her departmentto investigate the “Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities” conference held March 22-24 at UNC, claiming that he has seen “reports of severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric at a taxpayer-funded conference.”
The conference used $5,000 in grant money from the Department of Education for the conference, according to UNC. It came from a four-year, $235,000-per-year grant to the consortium that is part of the agency’s international and foreign language education grants. Holding wants to know if the department sees grounds to “revoke the remainder of the federal grant.”

The UNC-CH Chancellor says he is "heartbroken."

[Kevin] Guskiewicz said in an April 12 statement, “A performance during a recent conference held on our campus contained disturbing and hateful language. Like many members of our community, I am heartbroken and deeply offended that this performance happened.”
“I stand steadfast against anti-Semitism and hate in all its forms,” Guskiewicz said. “The Carolina spirit is not about hateful language that divides us, but about civil discourse that advances ideas and knowledge. We must continue to aspire together to that ideal.

However, it's important to emphasize that the school was alerted BEFORE the event about the bias of the program.

Pete's Prep: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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