Well, it appears that Brandeis, after Yehuda Reinharz rolled out the red carpet for pro-Israel ideologue, Daniel Pipes, has thought better of the idea of preventing Normal Finkelstein, the harsh critic of Israeli policy and Alan Dershowitz, from speaking. After announcing it would welcome Pipes to campus, it pointedly said it had not decided on whether Finkelstein was welcome.
The odd thing about the turnabout regarding Finkelstein is that at first the University announced he’d speak in the Library. Then the Library announced there was a conflict which essentially put the speaking engagement in limbo once again. Only after Jewish Week reporter Larry Cohler-Esses began inquiring about the room cancellation was another venue approved. Thank God for intrepid reporters.
So if you’re in Boston you might want to get yourself to Brandeis on March 6th for yet another episode in what has become a national debate about Israel. The following installment in the Brandeis-Israel melodrama will be Pipes on April 26th.
I just came across an excellent column in Ynetnews by Ben Gurion University lecturer, Dror Zeevi, which provides a more comprehensive history of hardline pro-Israel attacks on Brandeis.