SPME Seeks Clarification With Lincoln University in Siddique Case

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Last week, in response to recent reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Haaretz and other reports, Prof. Peter Haas, President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East sent a letter to Ivory Nelson, Lincoln University President seeking clarification about what the university plans to do with reports of a tenured professor’s virulent anti-Israel remarks. An Associated Press report in the Washington Post also has two Pennsylvania law-makers Senators Anthony Williams and Daylin Leach contacting President Nelson about the remarks of Kaukab Siddique, a tenured professor of English Literature who allegedly called for the destruction of Israel, “if possible by peaceful means,” and made other alleged anti-Semitic remarks at a Washington Rally.

Reports from the Washington Post have the University responding to other inquiries saying that it was “unaware” of his remarks on campus and having Siddique responding as, ” I am against Israel-not against Jews.”

To date, the university has not responded to Prof. Haas’s letter.

SPME Seeks Clarification With Lincoln University in Siddique Case

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is not-for-profit [501 (C) (3)], grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.

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