Brown University has named professor Beshara Doumani its first Mahmoud Darwish Chair in Palestinian Studies. As Campus Watch Fellow A.J. Caschetta details in an article published today at The American Spectator, Doumani is pro-BDS, and the late Darwish was a friend of terrorists. The unequivocal message from Brown: it's all about activism and politics, objective scholarship be damned:
Brown University, the Ivy League college founded in 1764, is the latest high-profile academic institution to go all in for Palestine, a country that does not exist. Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies, a Ramallah on the Hudson, still occupies first place in excusing Palestinian violence, exaggerating Israeli responses to Palestinian terrorism, and inculcating new generations of BDS ideologues. But Brown has just upped the ante by endowing America's first-ever chair in Palestinian Studies.
This is not merely a symbolic gesture, but a significant commitment, hailed in the press as a "milestone" and proclaimed as Palestinians "finally getting a place at the academic table." Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, its Center for Middle East Studies, and its New Directions in Palestinian Studies research initiative will now collaborate in a synergistic venture, spending money and hiring teachers to indoctrinate students and "inform the community" about the evils of Israeli colonialism, while stamping its imprimatur on the virtues of the Palestinian cause. Call it the Providence Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
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