by Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch
Ah, Sami, you Rumpled Academic you, we hardly knew ye. If only I had known about the farewell dinner at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque; I would have dropped everything to be there. Longtime Jihad Watch readers will remember Al-Arian, who for years was a darling of the Leftist intelligentsia. In March 2002 Nicholas Kristof went to bat for the professor in the New York Times: “The point is not whether one agrees with Professor Al-Arian, a rumpled academic with a salt-and-pepper beard who is harshly critical of Israel (and also of repressive Arab countries) — but who also denounces terrorism, promotes inter-faith services with Jews and Christians, and led students at his Islamic school to a memorial service after 9/11 where they all sang ‘God Bless America.’ No, the larger point is that a university, even a country, becomes sterile when people are too intimidated to say things out of the mainstream.” Read the entire story.