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Friday, July 16, 2004

I don’t know what the Blue Devils did to deserve it, but it appears that Duke University will be joining the ranks of the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University by having the Fourth National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement foisted on its campus next October 15-17. The website for the 2004 conference appears to be a slightly updated rendition of the one used for last year’s conference at OSU. It appears that they’re still updating the site, and most (all?) of the “committee” and “contacts” emails are the same

Ah, but I notice they've gotten rid of the fake Desmond Tutu "quote" that was flaunted throughout the OSU website. Speaking of a fake quote and other such rhetorical quackery, if anybody's interested in reading my account of the 2003 conference’s opening session, let me know.

Well, I'm sure everybody will enjoy all the progressive anti-Zionist fun and games. Yaaawn.

Anyway, I notice that as of May 18, 2004 the “DukeDivest” petition has garnered a whopping 251 signatures, including those of noted Marxist critic Fredric Jameson and muscleman/novelist Frank Lentricchia. The rest of the DukeDivest webpage includes the usual, predictable garbage about Israel’s “violations” of U.N. resolutions and international law, and so on and so forth. Interestingly enough, the words terror, terrorists, and terrorism respectively occur not once, not twice, but zero times throughout the entire webpage. Shabbot Shalom!

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