The Pitt News

EI co-founder responds to defamation by CMU Hillel head

EI co-founder Ali Abunimah responds to defamatory charges made in The Pitt News that he had advocated the “use of terrorism,” when he spoke at Carnegie Mellon University in February 2005. Abunimah writes, “I am happy to repeat here, as I have many times both in print, on our Web site and in speeches, that I am unequivocally opposed to all violence targeting civilians, regardless of the motive or the identity of the perpetrator or victim.” 

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.