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Dear Folks, We have had a long history of sharing opinions and editorials on the conflict in Palestine and Israel. The subject stirs many minds and many hearts. It appeared that a major academic institution was going to address a critical, and little considered issue this month--the legitimacy of the state of Israel. This as you know was to take place at a conference at Southampton University in the UK on the 17th and 18th of this month.
But it appears that even in academia we are not free to explore such ideas as they seem critical of the Israeli State. Silence and fear control the voices that would address this matter. Over the years I have published with you articles on this very issue. I have culled four from my past that seem to address this concern head-on.
I've attached a series of four articles taken from "Decade of Deceit: Reflections on Palestine," published by Lambert Academic Press in Germany in 2012, a collection of my pieces on the subject. Two cover the historical facts of the founding of Israel and two reflect on the consequences of that founding.
I thought that the limitations of time and the closure of the conference on relatively short notice necessitates that some presentation of the issues raised by the conference should be aired and the silencing of the academy be overcome. Should you agree with me, please use/offer these pieces to your readers so they can reflect on the issues that would have been discussed had the University President and its Board not capitulated to the power of the Zionists that forced closure. I considered the possibility that they might be used in sequence in separate issues or run together as you might determine. I can also understand that you may not want to run pieces already published, but thought that the cancellation of the conference made addressing the topic essential.
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