Brandeis, Al-Quds discuss re-establishing ties
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The president of Brandeis University is in talks with officials at the Palestinian Al-Quds University to re-establish a partnership between the schools that was suspended over an Islamic Jihad rally.
There is no specific time frame for restarting the partnership, which began in 1998.
The efforts come more than a month after the release of a report by three Brandeis faculty members who examined the November demonstration on the Jerusalem campus of Al-Quds that led to Lawrence announcing the suspension of ties about two weeks later.
In their report, the faculty members concluded that Al-Quds acted immediately and appropriately in response to the rally and called on Lawrence and Brandeis to work to restore the partnership.
The Al-Quds rally featured protesters marching in black military gear with fake automatic weapons while offering the traditional stiff-armed Nazi salute. Banners with images of Palestinian suicide bombers decorated the main square of the campus, according to a statement from Brandeis. Several students also portrayed dead Israeli soldiers. — jta
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