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April 22, 2015 1:48 pm

Judea Pearl Calls on Cornel West to Withdraw From Talk on Abraham Heschel

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A UCLA professor has called on firebrand social activist Professor Cornel West to cancel a keynote address he was set to deliver at the school in honor of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

“I will be as blunt and straightforward as possible: You should excuse yourself from delivering this lecture,” wrote UCLA Professor and Director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory Judea Pearl in an open letter to West, published by the Jewish Journal.

Pearl is the father is Daniel Pearl, the Wall Steet Journal reporter who was killed by the Taliban in 2002.

Pearl said West’s open support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel movement made it inappropriate for him to represent Heschel, who was active in the Civil Rights movement.

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Pearl wrote, “we have come to equate promoters of BDS ideology with those who seek the destruction of Israel, hence the demise of the Jewish people.”

“Our minds will be warning us, again and again, that the person speaking before us wants our destruction,” he said.

West has delivered lectures exclusively on Rabbi Heschel, calling him a “soul mate.”

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Thank you ever so much Dr. Pearl for speaking up and defending Israel’s right to exist. At every turn, at every corner, at every venture, those of us who love Israel must speak up and defend her from those who would call for her destruction. Indifference is not a virtue: it is an abomination. Dr. Heschel loved Israel; I know this for certain because the rabbi of my youth in Chicago, Ernst M. Lorge, was his student and friend. Rabbi Lorge and I were also good friends, and we often spoke of the ideas and teachings of Dr. Heschel. Rabbi Lorge informed me of Dr. Herschel’s death in a manner that showed profound love and respect for the man. Dr. Heschel’s profound writings still guide those of us who are faithful to the prophets’ admonitions and precepts and their close connection to the elan vital of the people of Israel.

  • Pro-Israel Africans and Asians

    No more token African american Anti-Jews How many African american Pro-Israel people are there let’s stand up and be counted to speak against the Uncle Toms like Cornel West the White scotsman with a tan. No more White scotsmen with a tan.

  • No more token African american Anti-Jews

    No more token African american Anti-Jews How many African american Pro-Israel people are there let’s stand up and be counted to speak against the Uncle Toms like Cornel West the White scotsman with a tan.

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