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Urgent issue at Harvard University Thursday the 14th

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Submitted by David Hirsch (United States), Nov 12, 2002 at 17:43

To all people, especially Mr. Pipes, who care about morality, I urge you to "rain protest" upon Harvard University for their despicable decision to provide a forum for an international racist and hate monger, Tom Paulin of Oxford University. This lowlife of a professor has publicly called for the "slaughter of US Jews on the West Bank...Furthermore, he stated that "Brooklyn-born Jewish settlers should be shot dead" as follows: "they should be shot dead. I think they are Nazis, racists, I feel nothing but hatred for them. " He added: "I can understand how suicide bombers feel...I think attacks on civilians in fact boost morale".

I am not going to argue, at this juncture, whether "settlers" are moral, immoral, legally justified, or anything of the sort. I am going to argue that irrespective of their politics: People occupying internationally disputed territory (even acknowledged by the anti-Israel UN) do not deserve to be massacred!

I personally do not care for the Palestinians nor do I want to see a Palestinian state given that the PA/PLO is the primary sponsor of terror in the world (in all due respect to the Bin Ladens, Syrians and Iranians...maybe they are a tad more henious, but that discussion is for another time). I DO NOT, however, preach for the destruction of innocent Palestinians. I disagree with their politics, principles and methodology.

Permitting Mr. Paulin to speak at Harvard is a disgrace and I'm urging every patron of Harvard University to withhold any further contributions until the University stops advocating genocide.
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Daniel Pipes replies:

The invitation was cancelled, according to the Wall Street Journal Online, OpinionJournal, Best of the Web 11/12/2002, found at http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110002612

"Here's the announcement from Lawrence Buell, who describes himself as a 'chair,' on the English department Web site:

'By mutual consent of the poet and the English Department, the Morris Gray poetry reading by Tom Paulin, originally scheduled for Thursday, November 14th, will not take place. The English Department sincerely regret [sic] the widespread consternation that has arisen as a result of this invitation, which had been originally decided on last winter solely on the basis of Mr. Paulin's lifetime accomplishments as a poet.'"

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