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University of Denver Gives In To Pressure from Israeli, pro-Likud Colorado Elements.

April 21, 2023

Nader Hashemi – Director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver



I would ask you to listen to the whole video to see how shabbily a major university supports one of its star professors.

This audio file is an hour program with Dr. Nader Hashemi and myself (Rob Prince) concerning the personal attack on Dr. Hashemi started by the Jerusalem Post – and then picked up by media in the United States (CNN) and Colorado essentially calling for his firing as an anti-Semite for an obscure podcast he did with an Iranian website, interestingly enough, one that is critical of the policies of the current government in Teheran. A statement signed by six leaders of Denver’s Jewish Community called on the University of Denver to fire him.

In this interview produced by KGNU’s Joel Edelstein, Dr. Hashemi rejects the charges and responds to the accusations. Disappointing was the University of Denver’s statement essentially “throwing Hashemi under the bus.” A number of issues come to the fore in this case – that of academic freedom for a tenured professor, the failure of a university administration to defend one its more prominent faculty members, the ongoing attack on professors and Middle East centers that fail to “tow the line” to the pro-Zionist mainstream narrative.

The Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Relations was founded twelve years ago. It’s academic integrity and that of its director, Dr. Hashemi, are well known. The University of Denver which prides itself on “celebrating diversity” has just given in to outside pressure to make Hashemi’s stay at the University of Denver untenable. One of the goals of the campaign of slander against Hashemi is to dissolve the Center for Middle East Studies whose future is in doubt.

In this audio, Hashemi explains his ordeal. Invited to participate along with Hashemi because I taught at D.U. for 23 years and was involved in the initial birth of the Center for Middle East Studies prior to my retirement. (RJP).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Moore permalink
    April 21, 2023 9:18 pm

    thanks for your part in this morning’s airing of this story

    • April 21, 2023 9:22 pm

      Gotta do what we gotta do … No? Besides I should be thanking you and Nancy for all the fine work you do for peace…

  2. Gene Fitzpatrick permalink
    April 22, 2023 6:39 pm

    In 2007, Archbishop Tutu, the heralded anti-apartheid warrior, was disinvited by the President of St. Thomas College in Minnesota from an invitation to give a speech there. He did so on the basis of being convinced by members of the local Jewish community that the cleric was an anti-Semitic bigot. After a week or so of contentious back and forth, the President managed to see the light and reversed himself but Tutu did not accept the re-offered invite.

    This, and a half dozen or so similar episodes since, convinced me of the relative ease that pro-Israel apartheid proponents have in “deep-sixing” any academic who feels emboldened to take on the the stalwarts of Zionism. DU is shaming itself and needs some deep soul- searching.

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