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October 22, 2004
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The president of Duke University criticized a student-written editorial that accused Jews of exploiting the “Holocaust industry” for political gain. Philip Kurian’s column “revived stereotypical images that have played a long-running role in the history of anti-Semitism,” Richard Brodhead wrote in a letter to the editor published Wednesday in the university’s newspaper, The Chronicle. “The habits of mind that allow people to stereotype Jews are the same ones that allow them to denigrate blacks, gays and other objects of prejudice.” Kurian’s column appeared after Jewish groups organized countereducation efforts in response to a weekend conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement.

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