Haifa U. VP dismisses Salah's speech, claims of discrimination

After the media frenzy surrounding last week's speech at Haifa University by the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheik Raed Salah, the university's vice president on Sunday said his institution would think twice about allowing inflammatory speakers like Salah onto the campus in the future. "Despite the legal issues surrounding freedom of expression, I think we also need to think about the issues of preserving the calm on campus," University of Haifa Vice President Amos Gaver said. "[Salah] came here and gave a violent speech, filled with nonsense, and he touched on all the most emotional points, just to stir up the crowd. That is an abuse of freedom of expression, and we won't allow it on our campus." Gaver went on to say that he believed his institution to be a "fantastic model of coexistence" between Arab and Jewish students, and that Salah's appearance only strained that balance.