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January 30, 2004
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Jewish groups criticized Columbia University for hiring a controversial former U.N. official. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Zionist Organization of America blasted the hiring this month of the former U.N. human rights commissioner, Mary Robinson, to teach in the school’s Department of International and Public Affairs. Robinson repeatedly has criticized Israel for what she sees as its human-rights abuses, and she presided over the U.N. conference against racism in Durban, South Africa, that became an anti-Israel fest.

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