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Purdue Refuses to Host Holocaust Expert, but Invites Controversial Islamic Group

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Purdue University’s history department and the area’s Jewish federation canceled a campus speech by Peggy Shapiro, the Midwest director of Israel advocacy group StandWithUs and a special appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Michael Steinberg, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, was concerned about presenting politically sensitive topics on campus and felt that the event should be held at the federation instead. However, the university previously had no qualms about hosting speakers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), whose founder Omar Ahmad has said that “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant,” as well as anti-Israel activist Sefi Samuel.

According to FrontPage Magazine, Purdue decided that it didn’t want to host a speaker on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, saying: “The university is involved in challenging issues.” Purdue did not elaborate on that comment.

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