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

June 17, 2024
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My family attended the Coalition’s Standout for Peace on May 30. The speakers were clergy, a Palestinian mother of Brookline students, and an Israeli surgeon who spoke intelligently and respectfully for a lasting ceasefire, safe return of hostages, and humanitarian aid. But it was difficult to hear because the crowd waving Israeli flags’ purpose seemed only to drown out our speakers. When a siren went off repeatedly, my husband asked a police officer about the alarm and was told it was from bullhorns of the other group. Were you there Bob Weintraub? I’m quite shocked that as a former educator you would speak to a former BHS student as disrespectfully and inaccurately as in your letter. There are many sources of “from the River to the Sea,” but Omer Bartov notes that Zionist usage predates Israel’s establishment and began with the Revisionist movement led by Vladimir Jabotinski, which spoke of establishing a Jewish state in all of Palestine, plus a song! In Jewish Currents’ “What Does ‘From the River to the Sea’ Really Mean?” historian Maha Nassar notes there has never been an “official Palestinian position calling for the forced removal of Jews from Palestine.”

Gina Crandell was a two-term Town Meeting member in Precinct 8.

 

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