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RE: Confrontations and vitriol disrupted rallies outside Town Meeting ceasefire vote

June 11, 2024
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In her June 7 letter to the editor, Emma Nash of the Brookline Peace Coalition writes about her concern that Brookline.News “fails to capture the one-sided nature of the aggression aimed at attendees of the pro-ceasefire rally” in front of Brookline High. Emma then claims that the chant “from the river to the sea … ” has been used for decades by Palestinians “to call for freedom and equality, most often in the form of peaceful coexistence.” No, Emma, you need to do more research. As do many of the pro-Palestinian demonstrators on college campuses who cannot accurately identify the river and/or the sea . In the 1960s, the term was coined by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to mean the establishment of an Arab state in the entirety of what was once the British Mandate. No Israel. Today the term is embedded in the most recent charter of Hamas, and embraced by many radical Islamist groups as a genocidal tract against Israel and the Jewish people. It has also been adopted by many anti-Zionist demonstrators who may not realize that anti-Zionism translates into the historical and eternal degradation, exclusion, and violence against the Jewish people.

Robert Weintraub served for 19 years as headmaster of Brookline High School and is a Town Meeting member in Precinct 9.

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