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Submitted by Avraham (United States), Jan 2, 2004 at 21:49

Dr. Pipes, bravo on your continued courageous efforts to change the tragedy of Middle East studies at US universities and colleges. In a bit of good news, I recently wrote a staunchly pro-Israel editorial in the Scarlet and Black, Grinnell College's weekly newspaper, and I was never once harrased or anything else. I was told by the editor that there were many angry replies, but they were all in writing. Grinnell seems to have been relatively untouched by the new wave of anti-Semitism on college campuses. In fact, a few weeks ago our Rabbi had signs posted all over campus that advertised an "Israeli Dancing Workskop," and not one was defiled or torn down. Two other examples include the largely positive response (as far as I know) to my article in the Paragon-a biannual magazine-entitled "Is Islam our Enemy?" and the timid response to adverstisements for an on campus meeting with an Israeli man who created an organization to aid the victims of Palestinian terrorism. Anyways, I hope this good news provides a source of light in the otherwise gloomy world of US Middle East studies.

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