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Friday, July 18, 2003

BOO! HISS!


According to the NYTimes, Gov. James E. McGreevey of New Jersey declined yesterday to step in to prevent a student group from holding a pro-Palestine conference at Rutgers University in October, even though some Jewish leaders and others say the group promotes anti-Semitic views.

Mr. McGreevey met with the president of Rutgers, Richard L. McCormick, yesterday to respond to growing criticism that the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement was being organized by students with ties to terrorists.

The governor's director of communications, Kathleen Ellis, had this to say:

"The fact of the matter is, though [the Governor] personally has very strong negative feelings about this group's message, it does come down to this is America and we all have a right to express our views as long as it's not a threat to anyone's safety. No one gets to pick and choose who gets to speak, who gets the stage."

And the victorious New Jersey Solidarity promised/threatened at their website:

"We will continue to demonstrate, mobilize, organize and take action, and we look forward to the successful third North American conference to bring the numerous organizers throughout the continent together to strengthen our movement, strategize for the future, and build a sustainable movement linked to our sisters and brothers in Palestine."