North Central College in the News

North Central College dean interviewed on FOX 32 Chicago

May 21, 2021

Stephen Maynard Caliendo analyzed the Israel-Palestine conflict and U.S. Representative Liz Cheney’s ousting from her GOP leadership role

Some of the worst violence in years broke out between Israelis and Palestinians, an eruption of unrest that began a month ago in Jerusalem. For weeks, Palestinian protesters and Israeli police have clashed on a daily basis in and around Jerusalem's Old City, home to major religious sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and the emotional epicenter of the Middle East conflict.

Jerusalem has been the scene of violent confrontations between Jews and Arabs for 100 years and remains one of the most bitterly contested cities on earth. The latest clashes began with an Israeli move to block some Palestinian gatherings at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, already a time of heightened religious sensitivities. After those restrictions eased, tensions over a plan to evict dozens of Palestinians from an east Jerusalem neighborhood continued to fuel confrontations.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, was interviewed on FOX 32 Chicago, where he analyzed the latest in the Israel-Palestine conflict. He also addressed breaking news of U.S. Representative Liz Cheney being ousted from her leadership role and the future of the GOP.

“It was a really important and symbolic move to send a signal to the former president that the republicans on Capitol Hill are overwhelmingly supportive of him still; he’s still the leader of the Republican party in terms of national politics,” said Caliendo. “But, these folks are also reading the tea leaves and the polling data that shows that lots of republicans still support the former president. I don’t think any of this will be settled until we get closer to knowing who the nominee for president will be in 2024.”

Click here to watch the full interview on FOX 32 Chicago.