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Democracy). The peace studies programme at Bradford University in the UK has also become the setting for anti-Israeli propaganda. In a recent example, the UK peace studies association, which is hosted by Bradford University, advertised demonstrationsagainst the Israeli separation fence. In their ‘call for action’, the ‘facts’ were particularly one-sided, and the context (of Palestinian terrorism) was entirely absent. Under the umbrella of peace studies, this programme, as in the example of Sydney University, is, infact, promoting conflict. Other examples are found in the publications of Mohammed Abu-Nimer, who has been on the faculty of the Program on International Peace and Conflict Resolution, American University, Washington, DC, the Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at theKroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and active in other programmes as well. Abu- Nimer published an essay entitled ‘Another Voice against the War’ in the December 2001 Newsletter of the Peace Studies section of the International Studies Association. On its masthead, this publication notes that: The aim of the PSS/ISA is to seek a better understanding of the causes of war and violence and of the conditions of peace in the international system. To this end, the Peace Studies Section links scholars of various disciplines and methodologies, develops, encourages, and disseminates research, and facilitates research-based teaching in peace and conflict studies. Abu-Nimer’s essay begins by focusing on the terror attacks of 11 September 2001, stating that this ‘was a horrible act and everyone should agree that there is no religious or political motivation that justifies such a crime’. However, he then goes on to address the question of possible causes for Islamic anger and violence, including US policy in the Middle East, and turns the essay into an anti-Israel polemic that is entirely inconsistent with the mission statement of PSS/ISA, as noted above. Abu-Nimer refers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as ‘the main thorn in the Middle East and in the relationship between western countries and Islamic countries’. In particular, in this analysis, the conflict is based on the denial of self-determination to the Palestinians. Furthermore, Every Muslim believes that the US and European governments, if they want, are 121
Orientalism KSDI 3-Week 2016capable of placing enough pressure on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and allow Palestinians to live in freedom. This might not be a totally accurate belief, however it is derived from the fact that such governments act as suppliers of weapons and protectors of Israeli interests and policies in every international setting; the recent decision to pull out of the conference on anti-Racism in South Africa is a prime example of such policy.[ 25] Elsewhere, in a policy brief published by the Kroc International Peace Institute, Abu-Nimer’s language is even more clearly framed in the ideology of postcolonialism. Although claiming to promote non-