Ali Abuminah to speak on Palestinian question
by Marshall Roy
This Thursday, well-known media analyst Ali Abunimah will speak at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada (www.electronicintifada.net) and vice-president of the Arab-American Action Network, will speak at 4:30 pm in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall. Hosted by the Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee, his speech is titled ?Palestine/Israel: An End to a Century of Conflict??
A renowned public speaker, Abunimah has appeared on C-SPAN, the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC, and his articles have been published by the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
According to its website, the Electronic Intifada (EI) is a non-profit, independent publication ?committed to comprehensive public education on the question of Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the economic, political, legal, and human dimensions of Israel?s 37-year occupation of Palestinian territories. ?
According to Hanadie Yousef, a first-year chemistry major and the president of Carnegie Mellon?s Arab Student Organization, ?It is very important for any campus, especially one such as CMU with people from all over the country and world, to host political speakers like Mr. Abunimah whose views on international affairs might differ from what is routinely expressed in the American media.?
?The money the U.S. gives to Israel comes out of our pockets, and it is important for us to know where it is going and how it is being spent, and whether such support is moral and righteous,? Yousef stated.
The website also states that Abunimah?s Electronic Intifada publication is ?not in the position to replace or act as substitutes for large media organizations such as the BBC or The New York Times.?
Carnegie Mellon?s ethnically and religiously diverse campus has been host to many speakers and presentations in the recent past which pertain to the conflict in the Middle East; Abunimah?s visit is only part of a series of events which highlight the international focus of CMU.
Nader Shakir, vice-president of Carnegie Mellon?s Muslim Student Association and sophomore Science and Humanities Scholar, supports Abunimah?s attempt to supplement mainstream media with independent reporting and analysis. ?Everybody has a bias,? said Shakir, ?so it?s important to get information from as many views as possible.?