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Nonie Darwish: Now They Call Me Infidel
Tomorrow presents an interesting opportunity for our Hanover readers to hear from activist and author Nonie Darwish. She will be speaking on “the roots of jihad, tolerance, and finding peace with Israel”. Looking at her background, one might be surprised to find Darwish speaking on behalf of both Israel and the War on Terror. Born in Egypt, she was the daughter of Lt. General Mustafa Hafez, leader of the fedayeen [known for orchestrating attacks against Israel] and commander of Egyptian Army Intelligence in the Gaza Strip. She spent the first eight years of her life in the Gaza Strip before her father was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces, at which point her family returned to Egypt. A graduate of the American University in Cairo, Darwish now lectures to promote peace between Palestine and Israel. Her book, published in 2006, is titled ”Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror”. She also is the founder of Arabs for Israel.
Rejecting the terrorism in which her own father took part, Darwish showed personal strength as well as intellectual criticism. In an interview, Nonie recounted a time when she and her siblings were asked by Egyptian president Gamel Abdel Nasser “Which one of you will avenge your father’s death by killing Jews?” Though initially blaming Israel for her father’s death as she was taught, she later rejected the hate filled language of the jihad in favor of peace between Arabs and Israelis. She promises to offer an interesting and credible perspective on relations with the Middle East. Do consider attending.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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