Volume 95, Issue 94

Wednesday, April 3, 2002
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JSU explores Mideast conflict

By Jeff Hignett
Gazette Staff

An exhibition by the Jewish Students' Union in the University Community Centre atrium yesterday provided a vivid picture of how conflict in the Middle East is affecting students at Western.

The JSU took the opportunity to display their own take on the current and historical conflict and after Monday's Arab Student Association's exhibition which the JSU felt was biased, said Jordan Cares, JSU program director, who said the student group was trying to provide a well-rounded view on the situation.

Originally, the day was intended to be a celebration called Israel Day, but the JSU cancelled plans and renamed it Israel Solidarity day, citing the violence that has occurred over the last week in the Middle East.

"It seems inappropriate to celebrate when Israelis can't go back home," said Paul Takowski, JSU president.

Michael Jordan, a second-year law student at Western who observed both the JSU and ASA displays, said he found the JSU display less graphic.

"[On Monday] there were lots of objective information lines, but lots of graphic pictures, which were not objective," he said.

Some students disagreed, noting a lack of objectivity in the JSU's display.

"I'm for a free exchange of ideas and this is not it," said Andrew Zinman, also a second-year law student.

"I'm embarrassed as a Jewish person for what's going on," he said.

"My cousin was killed in a bus bomb – how can I hold all Arabs responsible?" Zinman said.

The day included two speakers – Rabbi Lazar Gershon and Jakob Peretz, a spokesman for the London Jewish Federation of Public Affairs.

Khurram Khan, president of the Muslim Students' Association, said he found some of the material inappropriate.

"I recognize the JSU has a right to express their opinion, but some of the material may have been inflammatory," Khan said.

The display sparked several heated discussions throughout the course of the day, but ended without incident.

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