• "God invented war so Americans could learn geography" -- Mark Twain.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Respecting Jewish Sensibilities

The News: A free speech controversy erupted at Boston's Brandeis University over the removal of an exhibition featuring the paintings by Palestinian youths. The exhibit’s 17 paintings depicted the young artists’ perspectives on life under Israeli military occupation. But just four days into a two-week run, the exhibit was removed by Brandeis officials after several complaints from students. A university spokesperson said the school would consider re-mounting the paintings if they were to appear alongside paintings showing an Israeli perspective. The exhibition was curated by an Israeli Jewish student who said she wanted to showcase a Palestinian perspective on campus. The student, Lior Halperin, said: ''This was an opportunity to bring to Brandeis the Palestinian voice that is not spoken or heard through an Israeli or an American Jew, but directly delivered from Palestinians. Obviously that was just too much for Brandeis." (DemocracyNow.org)

The Note: Another example of : "You don’t get to be heard unless we get to shout you down."

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