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Thursday, July 10, 2003

NJ Governor to meet with Rutgers President about anti-Israel conference

According to Newsday, Governor of New Jersey, James E. McGreevey, will meet with the president of Rutgers next week to discuss the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 at Rutgers' Douglas College Student Center.

A spokesman for the Governor said McGreevey "has grave concerns about whether this is going to be a balanced, open forum or a pre-scripted anti-Israel rally. . . We're treating it seriously."

Now might be a good time to write a letter, make a phone call, send an email.

You might want to include reference to these comments by Charlotte Kates, 23, one of the organizers and a Rutgers law student (quoted in the New York Post):

"Palestinian resistance in all its forms has been a very powerful tool of justice . . . from armed struggle to mass protest."

"Israel is an apartheid, colonial settler state. I do not believe apartheid, colonial settler states have a right to exist."

See also Kates' article 12/4/02 issue of CounterPunch.

Email address -as of 11/02- for Ms. Kates: ckates@pegasus.rutgers.edu

Richard L. McCormick, President
Rutgers University
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

phone: 732-932-7454
fax: 732-932-8060
email: president@rutgers.edu

James E. McGreevey
Governor of New Jersey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

phone: 609-292-6000 or 609-777-2500
webmail: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html