Campus Watch sent me this.....I couldn't make this up if I wanted to. I dont't think you need me to tell you how important and vital the work the Middle East Forum does, but here is a short explanation of their mission: The Middle East Forum, a think tank, works to define and promote American interests in the Middle East. The Forum holds that the United States has vital interests in the region; it believes in strong ties with Israel, Turkey, and other democracies as they emerge; works for human rights in the region; seeks a stable supply and a low price of oil; and promotes the peaceful settlement of regional and international disputes.
These radical islamic bullies at Columbia are trying to brainwash our finest minds so that they come back to roost in 10 years.
File this in the "Truth is stranger than Fiction" file. And it keeps getting stranger and stranger......
Columbia University Refuses to Send Middle East Forum Announcement
Philadelphia, May 6, 2005 – Columbia University’s Middle East
Institute has rejected an announcement for the Middle East
Forum’s summer internship program.
The Middle East Forum requested that it be sent out on April 22, 2005. Noting the announcement had not gone out, the Forum sent a follow-up inquiry on May 5. In reply, Astrid Benedek, MEI’s associate administrator, explained that she would not do so until the Forum made changes on its Campus Watch website. She also indicated she would not reply again to the MEF (“I think we best end our communication right here”).
This refusal contradicts an earlier statement by Benedek about the institute’s policy of semi-automatically forwarding information for “countless other … outside organizations.”
The Middle East Institute is directed by former PLO advisor Rashid Khalidi.
Although Columbia’s Middle East Institute receives taxpayer funding via the federal government’s International Studies in Higher Education Act, Title VI, it demonstrably shows a lack of impartiality. For example, while it turned down the MEF intern announcement, it on May 2, 2005 circulated an invitation for a study trip to Gaza sponsored by the Faculty For Israeli - Palestinian Peace, a group that blames “the occupation” for all the region’s problems.
This latest development again confirms the depth of the problems in Middle East studies at Columbia University (on which see http://www.campus-watch.org/survey.php/id/16). It also reconfirms that stakeholders in the university need to scrutinize its actions carefully.