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Palestinian Professor who took students to Auschwitz resigns over fallout

University officials dissapointed by resignation after giving support for Professor’s trip including personal bodyguards upon his return.
The Media Line | Published:  06.11.14 , 18:26

AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY – The Palestinian professor who touched off a maelstrom of controversy by taking a group of students to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in Poland is now at odds with his former employer after the school accepted his resignation.

Dr. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, who headed the American studies department and served as chief librarian at Al-Quds University, stirred-up a hornets’ nest among Palestinians who felt that the visit was not appropriate when he led the March trip.

Daoudi told The Media Line that although the participants were students at Al-Quds, the trip itself was under the aegis of Wasatia, the NGO that he heads whose goal is to “promote a culture of moderation and reconciliation between the Israeli people and the Palestinian people.” But when the trip became a public issue, criticism was leveled at both the school and the professor.

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