For Immediate Release:
Leeds, UK 14.3.07…. On Wednesday morning March 14, just hours before an invited academic talk and two-day academic workshop series by SPME Board member, Matthias Kuentzel, German scholar, the University of Leeds cancelled this invited, university- sponsored, two-day workshop on “Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic Antisemitism in the Middle East.”
Dr Kuentzel’s talk is part of a series of scholars’ and artists’ talks at the German Department. The series is supported by a grant form the School of Modern Languages, who did not raise any issues during the grant application process. The University cited security reasons for cancelling the workshop based on threatening emails it received to the Office of Vice Chancellor.
Dr. Kuentzel is a research assistant of one the world’s leading institute in the research of antisemitism, the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, an academic society with about 0ver 9000 faculty throughout the world. who is a Research Associate at the Vidal Sasson Institute on Anti-Semitism of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The series of events had been well publicised for several weeks.
Members of SPME and other academics of good will from around the world are being asked to immediately write to the Vice Chancellor’s Office at 0113-3434030 or e-mail [email protected] to demand that this event be allowed to continue with appropriate security.
Last November, Dr Kuentzel gave a talk with the same title at Yale University as part of a series entitled ‘Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective’, which also featured talks by other internationally scholars such as Bassam Tibi, Wolfgang Benz, Jan Gross, Milton Shain, Ruth Wisse amongst others.
For Further Information Contact:
Edward S. Beck, President, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, [email protected] 717.576.5038