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Congress Wants Investigation Into Taxpayer-Funded Anti-Israel Events at UNC, Duke

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Why are American taxpayers funding incitement to genocide? And it isn’t just happening at the University of North Carolina and Duke:

All over the country, universities and colleges have featured and lauded the worst of the worst racists and bigots, including the Jew-hater Linda Sharia Sarsour. This is not about free speech. Linda Sarsour is free to speak on college campuses, and frequently does, without the protests and smears that greet me and my colleagues on the rare occasions we are invited to speak on campuses. But it’s obscene that any university would bring in this vicious anti-Semite, leader of the BDS movement, and supporter of sharia, without allowing the other side to be heard. All such universities, if they receive public funding, should immediately lose that funding.

“Congress Wants Investigation Into Taxpayer-Funded Anti-Israel Events at UNC, Duke,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, April 16, 2019 (thanks to Wendy):

Congress is petitioning the Education Department to explain how $235,000 in taxpayer dollars were used to fund a series of anti-Israel events organized by Duke University and the University of North Carolina that featured speakers and events tied to Palestinian terror groups.

Rep. George Holding (R., Ga.), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, petitioned Secretary of Education Betsy Devos in a letter sent Monday to investigate the events, which the lawmaker described as featuring “severe anti-Israeli bias and explicit anti-Semitism.”

Holding had received a spate phone calls from citizens concerned about the anti-Semitic events.

The conference in question, titled “Conflict over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities,” was co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, which is said to have “applied for and received a $235,000 grant through the Department of Education in 2018.”

The anti-Israel events have generated controversy at both schools due to what observers have described as a vitriolic anti-Israel bias that fosters an unsafe environment on campus for Jewish students. Duke has come under fire in past moths for hosting similar events that witnesses have described as anti-Israel.

Duke is still facing the fallout over the publication by its student newspaper of an opinion piece defending Rep. Ilhan Omar from charges of anti-Semitism and defending her use of language accusing pro-Israel and Jewish lawmakers of holding dual loyalty, a classic anti-Semitic trope.

Many of the events have been hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine, a student group known to distribute anti-Semitic propaganda, and other pro-Palestinian campus groups that watchdog groups have cited as contributing to rising anti-Semitism on America’s college campuses.

“A number of my constituents have reached out to me expressing concern over what they tell me are reports of severe anti-Israeli bias and anti-Semitic rhetoric at a taxpayer-funded conference, ‘Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and Possibilities,’ held between March 22nd-24th at the University of North Carolina (UNC), in conjunction with Duke University (Duke),” Holding wrote in his letter….

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