An infamous anniversary approaches at Princeton. On Feb. 7, 2023 [7], Mohammed El-Kurd gave a speech full of antisemitic and anti-Zionist incitement on the  campus. Princeton was well aware of El-Kurd’s notorious antisemitism [8], yet insisted on inviting and paying him, defending it on free speech grounds.

Princeton has never acknowledged how much it paid Mr. El-Kurd, but his university speaking rate is reportedly [9] up to $10,000. Arizona State University’s undergraduate student government “approved nearly $10,000 … to pay El-Kurd’s speaker fee,” according to the Phoenix New Times [10]. At the ASU speech, El-Kurd said [11], “If you heckle me, you will get shot.”

After El Kurd’s presentation at Princeton, Chabad Rabbi Eitan Webb told him [12], “I would like to thank you very much for giving a masterclass on how to be an antisemite.”

I am a member of the Princeton 1746 Society [13] for significant donors. But I ended my contributions to Princeton after the University defended El-Kurd’s presentation and other acts of antisemitic incitement [14] on free speech/academic freedom grounds. I am not the only Princetonian who has paused their contributions.

In the year since Mr. El Kurd’s speech:

And what of Mr. El-Kurd himself?

At a rally in London on January 13, El-Kurd [17] said, “We must normalize massacres as a status quo.” While Mr. El-Kurd later said that he misspoke in that instance, he also added that “Zionism is apartheid, it’s genocide, it’s murder, it’s a racist ideology rooted in settler expansion and racial domination, and we must root it out of the world.”

Mr. El-Kurd was investigated by the London police [18]. Members of Parliament called for his deportation, to which he responded with obscenity. Is such incitement to violence the “free speech” that President Eisgruber ’83 constantly defends?

Is Princeton proud of this infamous episode? I know El-Kurd is [19].