Alex Ogle

Founder of "Electronic Intifada" visits CMU, Pitt

EI’s Ali Abunimah spoke to about 100 people at Pitt Thursday. Earlier in the day, Abunimah had spoken at Carnegie Mellon University, where about 40 students protested his appearance. Aaron Weil, executive director of the Edward and Rose Berman Jewish University Center, expressed disappointment that Abunimah was brought to speak. Abunimah questioned what he described as the “dominant narratives” about the region that he believes the U.S government and mainstream media promote. “We are hearing about a ‘window of opportunity’ for peace,” he said, referring to the proposed summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.