Brandeis University in US ends relationship with Palestinian university over reaction to march

Brandeis University is ending its relationship with a Palestinian university because its president has not condemned an on-campus demonstration in which marchers reportedly made Nazi salutes and carried banners depicting suicide bombers as martyrs.

The Boston Globe ( ) reports that Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence had asked the head of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem to issue an "unequivocal condemnation" of the Nov. 5 demonstration.

Brandeis, in suburban Boston, is a nonsectarian university founded by the American Jewish community.

Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh says the university is a place for "free and open discussion ... and the expression of contradictory views."

The university says after an immediate investigation, it informed all political factions on campus not to hold such activities.

It wants Brandeis to reconsider its decision to end the partnership.


Information from: The Boston Globe,