Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Storm brewing over Jimmy Carter award by Yeshiva University's law school

Looks as though the Jewish community has its fill of sycophants who love to pay tribute to those who hold them in contempt.  Case in point, the news that Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School's Conflicts Resolution Journal board will be presenting an award to former president Jimmy Carter.

This is the same Jimmy Carter who, while brokering the Camp David agreements between Egypt and Israel, has become an opponent of Israel going so far as to brand it an "apartheid" state.  So, one would think that a Jewish sponsored institution might stay clear of presenting him with an award.  Not to be the case, and YU and the law school are proud of it.

Several campaigns are under way to get the award rescinded, but that's not going to happen.  In any event, I sent the following email to the president of YU and the dean of the law school:

Dear President Joel and Dean Miller-

As the father of Alisa Flatow, a murdered terror victim, and her sisters, Gail and Ilana, Stern College graduates, I can only say I am appalled that Cardozo Law School and Yeshiva University supports the granting of an award to Jimmy Carter by the student editors of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Whatever Mr. Carter might have accomplished in connection with the Camp David agreements between Israel and Egypt 30 years ago, he has long since wasted that merit by trivializing the murder of innocent civilians, including my daughter Alisa, and his demonization of the State of Israel as an apartheid state.

I understand that educational institutions are reluctant to interfere with the thought processes of their students, but they do act in loco parents. In this situation, a good parent would have said “no” to honoring Mr. Carter.

Stephen M. Flatow

You can read some articles here and here.

Will anything result from the protest?  Nothing but embarrassment for the university.

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