On the heels of discrimination against the Students Support Israel chapter, Duke will now host notorious antisemite Mohammed el-Kurd this coming March 31st. El-Kurd has compared Israelis to Nazis and has accused Jews of killing Palestinians in order to drink their blood and eat their organs. Duke is paying him $5000 to spew this blood libel against Jews.
It’s time to mobilize the community to fight back against such a blatant display of incitement against Jews. We ask that you send letters to the addresses below. Calls will help too. We have provided you with a sample letter for your convenience. Thank you in advance for supporting truth and for protecting Jewish students on campus everywhere!
(Duke President Vincent Price Vincent.email@example.com 919-684-2424)
(Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth Sally.firstname.lastname@example.org 919-684-2631)
(Office for Institutional Equity email@example.com 919-684-8222)
As a concerned citizen I am shocked that Duke University would permit a brazen antisemite, Mohammed el-Kurd, to address students and faculty on its campus. He has compared Israelis to Nazis and has accused Jews of killing Palestinians in order to drink their blood and eat their organs.
Why would you want to expose your students–and especially Jewish students–to such lies and hate-mongering? Free speech doesn’t mean inciting violence against a minority student population. By inviting el-Kurd to your campus, you provide a platform for his vile Jew hatred and put the safety of Duke’s Jewish students at risk, in violation of their civil rights.
Recently, via Twitter, El-Kurd glorified the second intifada, when more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. He has been fighting for years to remove Jews from their ancient homeland. His rhetoric dehumanizes Palestinians and Israelis alike.
Duke needs to reject the idea of inviting speakers who will demonize their students and foment violence and hate on campus. I ask that you revoke El-Kurd’s invitation to speak on your campus.