Alums for Campus Fairness is dismayed to learn that several Bucknell University academic departments are using campus funding to sponsor a February 2019 lecture by Miko Peled, a divisive and polarizing figure. Peled, an outspoken critic of the State of Israel, has a history of spreading misinformation about the Middle East conflict, partnering with anti-Semitic movements and for perpetuating calls to eliminate the state.
Peled has repeatedly used offensive statements, like “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” to solidify his standing in the anti-Israel movement—a statement for which a CNN contributor was recently removed from his position. Peled has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement which aims to delegitimize and harm the State of Israel and runs contrary to Pennsylvania state law.
That Bucknell is using university funding to not only host, but promote Peled’s concerning views and misleading half-truths, is particularly upsetting. ACF calls on the leadership at Bucknell to ensure that the Peled’s appearance on campus does not utilize funds from student fees and that the involved academic departments take steps to provide programming which contextualizes and objectively explores the Middle East conflict in an unbiased and inoffensive manner.