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

June 17, 2024
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In his June 11 letter to the Brookline.News, Bob Weintraub criticizes Emma Nash who (in a June 7 letter) described the words “from the river to the sea Palestine must be free” as “a phrase which, for decades, Palestinians around the world have used to call for freedom and equality.” According to Mr. Weintraub this slogan was “coined by the Palestine Liberation Organization” in the 1960s. He admonishes Ms. Nash to “do more research.” In fact, it is he who should do more research. For example, he should read Ethan Bronner, who quotes David Kimche, director general of Israel’s foreign ministry in the 1980s, as saying, “The old Zionist nationalists’ anthem was a state on ‘the two banks of the River Jordan.’ When that became impractical, we talked about ‘greater Israel,’ from the Jordan to the sea.” He should also follow the work of the journalist Peter Beinart (“The Beinart Notebook”) who has spent years interviewing Palestinians. If he were to do so he would learn that a vast number of Palestinians want nothing more than what Israelis and Americans already have: basic human rights and a voice in their own governance.

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