Israeli university bids (w/ Cornell and $350 million) to set up on Roosevelt Island in NY

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Over the weekend it was announced that Stanford had bowed out of a NY city-sponsored competition to build a huge engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, and Cornell, which is still in the running, just upped the ante.

Cornell University said that it has received an anonymous $350 million donation to back up its bid for a proposed engineering campus in New York City.

The city of NY will also kick in $100 million. Good times. Well Cornell wants to build the campus in league with the Technion, Israel’s version of MIT. As I say often, Follow the money.

From the Cornell University Chronicle, on the intimate connections between the schools. Again I wonder about the fundraising aspects of this alliance:

It should not be a surprise that Cornell and The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology have formed a partnership to propose building a new campus in New York City focused on technology, innovation and commercialization. A web of collaborative research and a shared mission have been connecting them for at least two decades.

“They are two institutions that are land-grant to the world,” said Carol Epstein ’61, a member of the Cornell University Council who also sits on the International Board of Governors of the Technion and the National Board of Directors of the American Technion Society…

Cornell faculty are just as likely to teach in Israel. Zygmunt Haas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has just settled in for two semesters in the electrical engineering department at the Technion, at the invitation of the department chair, teaching a course in his specialty, wireless networks. An administrator at Technion can quickly reel off the names of 15 Technion faculty members, past and present, who have studied or taught at Cornell.

Cornell President David Skorton also has had Technion connections. He and Technion President Peretz Lavie developed a good relationship when Skorton led an American Jewish Committee Project Interchange tour of Israel with other university presidents in the summer of 2010.

As my friend Dennis Loh asks:

Why is US (NYC) courting Israel, a pariah-state, to develop a high-tech state-of-the-art grad school in NYC? The main issue I have is what it implies for the future. Are American students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors going to be working with/for an institution that is fully-partnered with Israel? Given Technion’s position in Israel (discrimination against Israeli Palestinians), it raises some very serious questions regarding NYC’s role in “legitimizing” Technion. Will US-based brains, resources, and hard work to be “automatically” shared with an Israeli institution? For example, an Asian foreign student working hard at such an institution will indirectly be “helping” Israel. There are so many aspects to this proposed collaboration and the questions should be raised NOW (in public) before the final selection is done in January.

UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg is reported in today’s Times to be going with the Cornell offer. Note that in the piece there is NO mention of the Israeli connection. Huh.

68 Responses

  1. eee
    December 19, 2011, 10:06 am

    If you are worried about this excellent news, you really have no idea how extensive the partnerships are between Israeli and American universities. Or between American and Israeli companies for that matter.

    That you would want to stop the Technion from participating shows the reality of how you view BDS. It is really an all out attack on Israeli institutions, even ones like the Technion were many Arab Israelis study.

    • eee
      December 19, 2011, 10:54 am

      I would suggest watching this video:

    • Exiled At Home
      December 19, 2011, 12:44 pm

      That you would want to stop the Technion from participating shows the reality of how you view BDS.

      Is it any worse than pro-Israel groups lobbying Lowe’s to pull advertising from an Arab-American reality show?

      In my opinion, boycotting anything Israeli -be it Israeli universities, Israeli companies, etc.- is a wholly legitimate expression of one’s opposition to the policies of the state of Israel, whereas pressuring Lowe’s to pull advertising from a Muslim reality show is nothing more than open bigotry and religious based prejudice. I wonder if that distinction is lost on you.

      • hophmi
        December 19, 2011, 4:46 pm

        “In my opinion, boycotting anything Israeli -be it Israeli universities, Israeli companies, etc.- is a wholly legitimate expression of one’s opposition to the policies of the state of Israel, whereas pressuring Lowe’s to pull advertising from a Muslim reality show is nothing more than open bigotry and religious based prejudice. I wonder if that distinction is lost on you.”

        I think it’s lost on you. You find everything wrong with Lowe’s boycotting a show about Muslims, as I do, but nothing wrong with boycotting Jews.

      • Chaos4700
        December 19, 2011, 11:01 pm

        Do you consider yourself Israeli instead of American, hophmi? That’s what you seem to think your “Jewishness” is supposed to mean.

      • Exiled At Home
        December 20, 2011, 9:39 am

        Hophmi,

        Israel is a state not a religion! It’s not a boycott of “Jews” to boycott Israeli good, companies or universities!

      • Chu
        December 20, 2011, 12:04 pm

        Homphi,
        It’s lost on you. Do you defend the illegal settlements?

        It’s not Jews. Israeli apartheid is what is being boycotted.
        If apartheid is too strong for you, let’s call it illegal land
        theft in the name of religion.

      • Cliff
        December 20, 2011, 12:26 pm

        It’s disgusting that you compare boycotting a show about EVERDAY AMERICAN-MUSLIMS to boycotting products made on ILLEGAL JEWISH SETTLEMENTS.

        Why shouldn’t there be a 1SS if you support the settlements?

        Israel is not a normal State. It is a colonial-settler State.

  2. lohdennis
    December 19, 2011, 10:13 am

    Apparently, mayor Bloomberg is in such a hurry to clinch the deal (probably before people start questioning the wisdom of the deal) that he will be announcing the winner (Cornell/Technion) next Monday instead of mid-January. It gets more and more suspicious how this whole thing is playing out.

  3. American
    December 19, 2011, 10:24 am

    “Why is US (NYC) courting Israel, a pariah-state, to develop a high-tech state-of-the-art grad school in NYC? The main issue I have is what it implies for the future. Are American students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors going to be working with/for an institution that is fully-partnered with Israel? Given Technion’s position in Israel”

    Why not just partner with the US MIT ..a superior school.
    This appears to me to be just more Israeli worming into every facet of the US.
    The funniest thing I have seen lately is US governors going to Israel to seek business partnerships to create jobs in their states.
    Why didn’t they go straight to Microsoft and others that have shifted plants to Israel and created jobs there to get them to keep their production and jobs here in the US?
    It’s all bizarre.

  4. dahoit
    December 19, 2011, 10:48 am

    If this was the old South Africa that discriminated also against its peoples the outcry would be deafening.The Zionist reach is long and persuasive to conjoin these two institutions in infamy.
    Isn’t Cornell part of the Poison Ivy League, the anti justice league of America,that keeps producing underwhelming overhyped tools of Zion?
    It’s like a non stop rehabilitation scheme for serial liars and serial criminal behavior.Will it be a one way idea theft program,with all the proceeds sent Israeli way?Forget about industrial espionage,they won’t have to anymore.
    Americans are getting tired of Israel,and this stuff is a slap in our face,again.

    • hophmi
      December 19, 2011, 4:47 pm

      “Americans are getting tired of Israel,and this stuff is a slap in our face,again.

      Which Americans would those be?

      Apparently not the ones who just accepted a bid from one of the premier technology colleges in the world to take part in building a campus in New York.

      • Chaos4700
        December 19, 2011, 11:00 pm

        Which Americans would those be? The ones that are still loyal to the US and not Israel, hophmi. So, not you, for starters.

      • hophmi
        December 20, 2011, 11:30 am

        “The ones that are still loyal to the US and not Israel, hophmi. So, not you, for starters.”

        So, the antisemitic Americans who can’t tell the difference between advocating a foreign policy and dual loyalty?

  5. dimadok
    December 19, 2011, 10:51 am

    Just of curiosity-how is the Technion discriminates an Israeli Arabs? You know, so you friend would be accused of making up things?
    link to facebook.com

  6. MRW
    December 19, 2011, 11:06 am

    If NYC has $100 million to kick in for this, why isn’t it spending it on its K-12 schools? K-12 years are way more important than graduate years. There are borough kids who need that money.

  7. MRW
    December 19, 2011, 11:15 am

    “School Layoffs About to Fall Heaviest on the Poorest and Most Struggling”
    By FERNANDA SANTOS
    Published: October 2, 2011
    link to nytimes.com

    “Inquiry Faults City’s Insertion of Political View in Parents’ Petition Over School Cuts”
    By FERNANDA SANTOS
    Published: October 18, 2011
    link to nytimes.com

    “College Readiness Is Lacking, City Reports Show”
    By FERNANDA SANTOS
    Published: October 24, 2011
    link to nytimes.com
    “There’s a huge change in life chances for kids who are successful in post-secondary education,” the city’s chief academic officer, Shael Polakow-Suransky, said. “We really have a task to prepare kids for that, and the data is one of the most motivating tools.”

    Shame on Bloomberg. Spending $100 million of taxpayer dollars on this?

  8. MRW
    December 19, 2011, 11:28 am

    How much money is Technion or the GOI putting up, or is this another freeloader act?

    I hope any American kid who goes there protects his or her ideas.

  9. PeaceThroughJustice
    December 19, 2011, 12:37 pm

    By the strangest of coincidences, Cornell president Skorton is also Jewish.

    • hophmi
      December 19, 2011, 4:48 pm

      By another strange coincidence, stating that fact with nothing else, as if it’s some nefarious Jewish plot, is an example of antisemitism.

  10. Chu
    December 19, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Indeed, follow the money. When a 350 million dollar anonymous donation is given, there is a political machine at work. Bloomberg and Skorton know who the donor is, but when will the public know?

    • eee
      December 20, 2011, 10:18 am

      The donor is Chuck Feeney an Irish-American. He made a few billions developing the duty free shopping concept. Now that you know, what have you got to say?

      • Chu
        December 20, 2011, 11:50 am

        Well, I’m surprised it wasn’t an uber-Zionist giving the donation with Israel looming in the background. But don’t you worry brother, I’m sure we’ll see many more Zionist New Yorkers donating to the cause throughout the construction period.

      • eee
        December 20, 2011, 12:44 pm

        So even though the major donor has nothing to do with Israel you are insisting that Technion participation was “bought” and sticking to your conspiracy theories.

      • Chu
        December 20, 2011, 3:13 pm

        Yes, I am sticking to my assertion that Billionaire Bloomberg with the Help of Skorton at Cornell could & would help to steer the project for themselves, Cornell and Technicon. Zionists work to achieve their network of power by greasing there own pockets and their friends. This is another win for Bloomberg and friends.

        If you can re-engineer a 3rd term as mayor, by saying others suggested I run again and squeaking by after you outspend your opponent 10 to 1, why could you not choose and heavily influence who wins this competition? Competitions are often rigged in the US, with the look of being fair. It’s always political. Look at the Twin Tower redesign.

        But the dreaded conspiracy you cite. Get real…

  11. American
    December 19, 2011, 1:40 pm

    For the record.

    link to guardian.co.uk

    World University Rankings

    The top 100 is dominated by American institutions, but China and South Korea have also scored highly after compilers placed less emphasis on “reputation and heritage” and gave more weight to objective measures including the influence of universities’ research.

    The league table published today by the magazine Times Higher Education (THE) is topped by Harvard. American universities take all five top places and have 72 entries in the global top 200.

    Britain has three institutions in the top 10, with Imperial College London at ninth. But there are just five British universities in the top 50 – UCL is rated 22nd and Edinburgh 40th – and only 14 in the top 100.

    link to timeshighereducation.co.uk

    Top Fifty Tech and Engineering universities…..Israel isn’t in there.

    link to timeshighereducation.co.uk

    Top Fifty Med and Research universities…Israel isn’t in there.

    Top fifty in Life Sciences….Israel isn’t there.

    link to timeshighereducation.co.uk

    *Technion is ranked at 225—with the ranking data (percentage grade) withheld in the report.
    *Hebrew University is ranked at 121….50.4%..under the Republic of Korea and Tiwian
    *Tel Aviv is ranked at 166….45.4%

    So now I will wait for someone to tell me the excellence of US, European and Asian Universities is all due to Jewish contributions and their superior intellect. LOL

    • eee
      December 19, 2011, 3:09 pm

      Nice try at trying to obfuscate the data.
      Here is the link to connect to:
      link to timeshighereducation.co.uk

      Two Israeli universities are ranked 13 and 17 in Asia. Israel is being compared to China and Japan mostly, countries with hundreds of millions of people, while in Israel there are 7 million. I hope you realize that if the rankings were adjusted per capita, the Israeli universities would be on the top of the list.

      Furthermore, Israel has 4 universities on the list. This is amazing for one of the smallest countries in Asia with only 7 million people. Turkey has 4 also but its population is 10 times that of Israel. China has 16 universities on the list but its population is 185 times that of Israel. Again, Israel is represented per capita 10 times as much as the Chinese. Singapore has 5 million people but only 2 universities on the list.

      The only country on par with Israel is Japan. Israel only has a 13% advantage over Japan in top universities per capita. Israel is an academic powerhouse, the facts are plain to see.

      • NorthOfFortyNine
        December 19, 2011, 3:49 pm

        eee,

        The link you provide belies your argument. It shows Israeli institutions ringing in at 121st, 166th and somewhere between 201-250th. In terms of technical schools, Switzerland (about the same pop as Israel) had two schools in the top 50; Israel had none. Israel: Academic powerhouse indeed!!

        Cornell was ranked 15th on the technical list. Technion didn’t even show in the top 50. So why did Cornell team with Technion? Clearly they could have done much better and clearly the choice did not have anything to do with academic prowess.

        Are you willing to agree with Phil and concede that maybe — just maybe — the choice rather had something to do with money?

        I await your answer. -N49.

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 4:42 pm

        N49,

        Indeed, Switzerland is a bigger academic powerhouse than Israel. But that doesn’t mean Israel isn’t. You tend to forget that Israel is only 7 million people and for so few people to have so many universities in the top 500 is amazing. Go ahead, divide the US into 44 areas that have 7 million people each. How many of these areas have 4 universities in the top 500? The Boston area, NY area and the SF Bay area probably.

        The article Phil linked from the Cornell newspaper explains why they are teaming up. Not because of money, but because of a history of collaboration:
        “Cornell and Technion faculty have been cross-pollinating for years, especially in engineering. Joseph Halpern, professor and chair of computer science, has been collaborating for more than 20 years with Yoram Moses, his first Ph.D. student and now a professor of computer science at Technion. In 1984, the two wrote a seminal paper about how two people — or two computer network nodes — could communicate and know for sure that their messages had been received. The paper earned them the Gödel Prize and the Dijkstra Prize, two of the most prestigious honors in computer science, and it has been cited more than 1,000 times. They have written a book on the topic and continue to issue joint papers.”

        And it goes on to give other examples. You team up to work with people you like working with.

      • MRW
        December 19, 2011, 7:31 pm

        “In 1984, the two wrote a seminal paper about how two people — or two computer network nodes — could communicate and know for sure that their messages had been received.”

        Hunh? And ISDN was a fully functioning network out of Bell Labs by then. So what. What’s your point? (They didn’t win those prizes in 1984.)

      • American
        December 19, 2011, 3:52 pm

        Lousy try at obfuscating yourself eee.

        Anyone can click on my links and read the rankings and they are exactly as I posted.

        ‘Two Israeli universities are ranked 13 and 17 in Asia”… ..”in Asia’? By whom. Asia?
        And btw way idiot…these rankings have nothing to do with “populations”, they are measured by what each university has “contributed” to various fields in the real world….meaning what their graduates contributed or accomplished to further some field by virture of their university study.

        If Israel had a billion people their university rankings wouldn’t be any different. Israel’s universities are inferior, live with it. So much for Jewish genius. LOL
        But wait…it did invent some kind of tomatoe didn’t it? Opps ,wrong again, the cherry tomatoe was already invented. Or was that the cell phone they invented? Nope, wrong again. Remind me again exactly what it is the Israelis have accomplished besides sucking billions out of the US and other countries and occupying Palestine and winning the Nobel prize for most prolific Liars in the Universe.

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 4:18 pm

        American,

        You are really hopeless. Of course the per capita statistics matter. All other things being equal, the more people there are in a country the larger the potential budget that the country can devote to universities. The more people there are in a country, the larger the pool of people the students can come from.

        The rankings in Asia are given by exactly the site you are referencing.

        And of course if Israel had a billion people the ranking would be completely different. It would have had many more universities ranked high. This is so obvious that I cannot believe I have to explain it to you.

      • American
        December 19, 2011, 4:41 pm

        Maybe eee is the product of an Israeli university, that might explain the reading and math deficit.

        BTW eee….lookie here. Even though we don’t give Turkey 3+billion a year plus US education grant$ to Israeli colleges and Turkey doesn’t steal every piece of US intellectual property like the Israelis do 24/7…..they still rank in the same slot as Israel.

        201-225 Bilkent University Turkey
        201-225 Nagoya University Japan
        201-225 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
        201-225 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel

      • American
        December 19, 2011, 4:46 pm

        Too late eee …LOL…now you have started babbling.
        You have once again exposed yourself as a liar….or an idiot….whichever or both. N49 already crushed you with his Switzerland population example.

        You’ re just inferior, accept it and move on…the whole world has already seen where Israel ranks.

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 8:07 pm

        American,

        You are quite sad. The first ranked Turkish university Bilkent, is in the 201-225 category. Israel’s THIRD ranked university is in that category. Both the Hebrew University (121) and Tel-Aviv University (166) are ranked higher even though Turkey has 10 times the population of Israel. And both Israel with 7 million people and Turkey with 70 million people have the same number of universities in the top 400.
        And your allegations about intellectual property theft are of course a figment of your imagination. If Israel would do that, would so many American companies open research centers in Israel? Of course not.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 19, 2011, 8:21 pm

        And your allegations about intellectual property theft are of course a figment of your imagination.

        it is all documented eee

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 8:47 pm

        “it is all documented eee”

        What is documented? That there were a few? But do you really think so many American companies would have research and development centers in Israel if it was on going and systematic?

      • RoHa
        December 19, 2011, 8:57 pm

        “If Israel would do that, would so many American companies open research centers in Israel?”

        If Israel DID that, would so many American companies open research centers in Israel?

        No “would” in the “if” clause. Is this rule so difficult to learn?

      • Carllarc
        December 19, 2011, 9:15 pm

        populations of countries have absolutely nothing to do with considering the research capabilities of universities; mit, harvard, etc. would still be the same institutions if the US population was different. the measure of research output has to do with the academic institution and this is not a per capita measure.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 19, 2011, 10:09 pm

        eee, American companies having research and development centers in Israel is not evidence they didn’t rip us off. nice try. like your point here:

        link to mondoweiss.net

        you can always find those who can be bought..at the right price. but it’s not a win win, although you may think it is.

      • eee
        December 20, 2011, 12:36 am

        “you can always find those who can be bought”

        So Israel somehow “bought” Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, EMC, Google and the list goes on? Yeah, right.

      • MRW
        December 19, 2011, 7:45 pm

        “I hope you realize that if the rankings were adjusted per capita, the Israeli universities would be on the top of the list.”

        No. Singapore has you beat. It’s a smaller country. It has much less population, and it’s in the top-50 globally in five of the six broad subjects. Israel doesn’t even make the cut.

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 8:40 pm

        “Singapore has you beat”
        Maybe. They are 5 million we are 7 million. We have 4 universities in the top 400, they have 2, so per capita we have more. But there are also the statistics you site which reflect the fact that one of their universities is ranked 40. So it depends on how you want to measure.

      • Chaos4700
        December 19, 2011, 10:58 pm

        And you still keep whining to the US and Germany for yet more handouts, even after measuring your e-peen for us.

        You’re pathetic.

    • split
      December 19, 2011, 3:29 pm

      “So now I will wait for someone to tell me the excellence of US, European and Asian Universities is all due to Jewish contributions and their superior intellect. LOL”

      Not one Nobel Price winner born and educated in Israel despite that most of the winners are in their forties – There must be something in the water, nothing to steal or no one to steal from ,… pick one ;) ,…

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 4:25 pm

        “Not one Nobel Price winner born and educated in Israel”

        Really?
        link to en.wikipedia.org
        link to en.wikipedia.org
        link to en.wikipedia.org

      • split
        December 19, 2011, 5:06 pm

        Really !!! ,…

        There was no Israel prior to May 14 1948 ,…

      • tree
        December 19, 2011, 5:14 pm

        All three of those recipients were honored for contributions made while studying/working in US Universities and/or Research facilities.

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 8:16 pm

        “There was no Israel prior to May 14 1948″

        How low can you go to make this distinction? All three individuals were less than 10 years old at Israel’s founding. One was 6 months old. They all studied in Israeli schools and went to Israeli universities.

        “All three of those recipients were honored for contributions made while studying/working in US Universities and/or Research facilities.”

        Not true. Some of their research was done abroad, not all of it. That is very common in academia. But even then, what is your point? It is quite common for certain labs in richer countries to have equipment that other labs do not have and they allow access to visiting scientists.

      • split
        December 21, 2011, 3:16 am

        “How low can you go to make this distinction? All three individuals were less than 10 years old at Israel’s founding” ,…

        Still not one born and educated in Israel – Forget the fact that all Israeli laureates were rewarded for their wark abroad, forget the fact that that Israel was created 63 yeares ago and the fact that most of the Nobel Price winners are in their forties – Don’t like the facts do you ? ,…

      • American
        December 19, 2011, 4:28 pm

        Well Israelis steal everything else in the US they might as well try to steal US universities also…..then in a decade or so Schumer will drum up a bill demanding the Dept of Education do a study that proves Israel or Jews are responsible for US education excellence…….just like the one he drummed up directing the pentagon to come up with some WWII Jews that should have gotten the Medal of Honor.
        I’ll give them medal….for self promotion and propaganda and intellectual theft.

      • split
        December 19, 2011, 5:37 pm

        ‘I’ll give them medal….for self promotion’ – In the era of internet it’s much easier to make an as*hole of yourself than sell a hasbara bull*hit they are
        trying to unload and get away with it ,…

    • ritzl
      December 19, 2011, 5:48 pm

      Well, there it is. It isn’t so much about the money for Technion, but about the broad access to ideas, information, methods, and/or technology they would have that would be generated by top-tier, US student/faculty research and innovation. Access that they would not likely have been able to generate on their own, or at best second-handedly (i.e. relatively late in the commercialization process), as a modestly-ranked technology school, in a small country, that discriminates against 20% of its brightest minds.

      What a tremendous gift from Cornell, and probably one that diminishes Cornell in the long run.

      • split
        December 19, 2011, 6:07 pm

        “Well, there it is. It isn’t so much about the money for Technion, but about the access to ideas, information, methods, and/or technology they would have that would be generated by top-tier, US student/faculty research and innovation” ,…

        Exactly , they won’t need to steal anymore they will have delivered to them on silver plate ,…

  12. LanceThruster
    December 19, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Cutting edge high-tech research and directing of the curriculum and its beneficiaries? What could possibly come back to bite us there?

    I wonder if Jonathan Pollard will be teaching a course on “Sharing What You’ve Learned in the World of Confidential Military Technology Applications for Fun and Profit”?

  13. split
    December 19, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Hedera helix ,…
    link to treesaversclub.org

    • split
      December 19, 2011, 5:21 pm

      Hedera helix is an invasive parasitic plant that sucks the life out the host tree and when it’s done it looks for another one – It looks like the US is the last sucker , the rest of the trees in the forrest developed an antigens over the years got more resistant and smarter too ,…

  14. Annie Robbins
    December 19, 2011, 3:28 pm

    yuk, this is a horrible idea. hideous in fact.

    • eee
      December 19, 2011, 8:45 pm

      Naturally you would think so as it is the epitome of anti-BDS. For every “Joker” that comes or not to Israel let’s have an Israeli university take part in a multi-billion dollar project on prime US real estate. That should really show us Israelis.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 19, 2011, 10:05 pm

        For every “Joker” that comes or not to Israel let’s have an Israeli university take part in a multi-billion dollar project on prime US real estate.

        yeah, it’s hard to compete with money like that. i’ll give you that eee. we’re just the little people but we can’t be stopped. you got the cash, we’re more like ants. but we survive. maybe one of those universities can study us.

      • Chaos4700
        December 19, 2011, 10:59 pm

        How much of that money was harvested from what should have gone to US tax rolls for, say, Social Security or Medicare?

      • eee
        December 19, 2011, 11:12 pm

        How do you come to your conclusion since the money came from Chuck Feeney, an Irish American? You are sounding very strange by now.

  15. dumvitaestspesest
    December 19, 2011, 6:03 pm

    It looks like some of the money that USA is ending annually to Israel is coming back.

  16. Tristan
    December 19, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Wonderful. So now the Israelis are building settlements in the US. Let me guess… campus security will consist of IDF and Mossad.

    • dumvitaestspesest
      December 19, 2011, 8:58 pm

      And they will have body scanner X- ray machines at the entrance to the university. Occasionaly a strip search of those, who look ,smile (or not), dress or act “suspiciously”. Random ID and backpack checks throught the day.
      Aaand many more surprises.

      • Tristan
        December 20, 2011, 12:12 am

        Hopefully, they’ll use a skin tone chart to make sure no one too dark gets on campus. The real fun will begin when the frats start doing price tag attacks.

  17. piotr
    December 20, 2011, 1:10 am

    Some people reason that things are either uniformly bad or uniformly good. Thus opponents of abortion claim usually that not only abortion is a very grave sin but it is also very detrimental to female health.

    Israel has good universities and good scientists, and universities are blessed with generous donors. It does not imply that Israel is uniformly good.

    That said, what we learn from the news about a design for a campus on Roosevelt Island? Number one, someone wants to shell 350 million dollars. Number two, city administration approves of the two institutions that are involved — not very surprising. What is less clear is how it benefits (a) Cornell, (b) Technion, (c) New York City. Technion may wish to relocate.

    Concerning security, I once visited University of Tel-Aviv, and it was a bit exotic. E.g. they were checking the content of instrument cases. To enter the campus with a machine gun you would have to carry it on your shoulder and show ID: many students are on active duties, and active duty soldiers walk everywhere with guns.

  18. eee
    December 20, 2011, 10:26 am

    “As I say often, Follow the money”

    Let’s follow the money. And the person that gave the $350 million donation is…
    Chuck Feeney, an Irish American (dual Irish and American citizenship).

    And the conclusion from following the money is? It is that you are willing to make unfounded allegations with no evidence.

    As to why Cornell partnered with the Technion, the NY Times writes:
    “Each institution brought critical ingredients to winning the competition. Cornell needed Technion, which has played a role in Israel similar to the role Stanford has had in Silicon Valley, supplying talent and resources that help hundreds of companies set up shop near its Haifa campus. And Technion needed a local partner: “6,000 miles, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean — too far,” the school’s president, Peretz Lavie, noted at the news conference.”
    link to nytimes.com

    Soon you will be claiming that everybody is lying through their teeth and Feeney’s grandmother was Jabotinsky’s mistress.

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