On Thursday March 10th I will be speaking at the University of Oregon’s Chiles Hall, Room 128, 955 E. 13th; at 13th & Kincaid, Eugene, OR. Starting time is 7 pm. The event will be sponsored by the Al-Nakba Awareness Project, the Univ. of OR Arab Student Union and the Univ. of OR Muslim Student Association.

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To the Members of the Eugene Human Rights Commission and Concerned Citizens of Eugene, Oregon

On July 20, 2010 the Eugene Human Rights Commission (EHRC) approved a request by the al-Nakba Project to write a letter of condemnation of Israel’s lethal attack upon the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010.  The letter was to be sent to the City Council as well as Congressional leaders. The Jewish Federation of Lane County and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), accusing the al-Nakba Project of being a “virulently anti-Israel” group, strongly objected to the statement. When I heard about this controversy I looked at the arguments that members of the the Jewish Federation  made to convince the EHRC not to issue the statement and decided to write to the EHRC myself.

I write to you as an American Jew with ultra-Orthodox relatives living in Israel; and as a former member of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), America’s largest pro-Israel lobby. I also write to you as one who, for most of his life, was a blind defender of the Israeli government’s behavior toward the Palestinian people.

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The Jewish Federation publishes a monthly newspaper, the New Mexico Jewish Link. Each issue contains numerous articles that defend Israel against any criticism. The fact that the Link’s writers abhor honest research is apparently a mark of prestige. I often write to the Link. On rare occasions they have published my well-thought out and respectful articles but as the global criticism of Israel has intensified the Link has become more and more intolerant of any position that advocates for human rights. Here is the article they refused to publish.

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