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Chomsky: Muzzling attempt fails in Massachusetts
The Jewish Week reports: “Despite mounting pressure, Newton South High School has decided to allow controversial figure Noam Chomsky to address students about his perspective on Iraq.”
Alan Ronkin, deputy director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said:
“I haven’t read [Chomsky’s] views about Iraq, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he thought that the solution [to it] was the dissolution of the Jewish state or the end of occupation,” Ronkin said. “A person like Chomsky believes that Israel is the root of all evil in the Middle East.”
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation accused of cultural “insolence”
Australia’s PBS is under fire for giving a platform to critics of Israeli policies, Antony Loewenstein and Lenni Brenner.
THE ABC is facing a major Jewish community backlash on two fronts after featuring outspoken Israel critic Antony Loewenstein in a program on Islam that screened on first-night Pesach (Monday).
With the national broadcaster already under fire from the community’s antisemitism watchdog over a segment on its Religion Report radio show last month, Jewish MP Michael Danby said the decision to include Loewenstein on a television panel this week was “culturally insensitive” and offensive to most Australian Jews.
While the majority of Australia’s 100,000-plus Jews were attending seders on Monday night, Loewenstein, author of a controversial book on Israel and the co-founder of the Independent Australian Jewish Voices group, was the sole Jew on a four-person multi-faith panel on the ABC TV’s Difference of Opinion.
Planning Commission member resigns over blog comments about Israel
A member of a county-wide planning commission in Georgia resigned “after making controversial comments about Israel.”
Mary Catarineau wrote on a Web site two weeks ago that Israel “was artificially created to provide a place for Jews to avoid persecution after the Holocaust.” She also wrote about dismantling Israel as a way to achieve peace in the Middle East.
“My views are obviously controversial to some,” she said Wednesday.
She made her comments on her Web site — www.mydiarywithgod.com.
Her online apology states:
I said many harsh things about the Jews, yet I said many harsh things about the Muslims, too, which was ignored. For people focus on only what they wish to see.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution goes on:
Harry Johnston, the Cherokee County commissioner who appointed Catarineau, said that when making appointments to boards and committees, he does not take into account someone’s views “on religion, international politics, or anything else that’s not the subject of that particular board.”
“Still,” he said Wednesday, “growth and development in Cherokee County is a highly controversial subject. It’s probably wise not to pile on more controversy if it can reasonably be avoided.”
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