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Tuesday, February 18, 2003

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USC: learn from U of T

Re: "Dyer on the mark," Feb. 13

To the Editor:

There is nothing more refreshing than to pick up The Gazette in the morning and read all about today's news about the "Jewish Lobby."

Apparently, according to Gwynne Dyer, this "Lobby" controls America and thereby "affects" the Middle East. The odd thing is that I don't get to hear about this very much in mainstream newspapers. Come to think of it, the last time I heard about the "Jewish Conspiracy" controlling all sorts of things was when my grandfather told me about Poland in the 1930s. He too got to hear all about how the "Jewish Lobby" was getting too powerful and how something had to be done.

In case anyone was unaware, this parallel is frightening. What I am wondering is why during the same week that the University of Toronto is hosting a conference on combating anti-Semitism, our University Students' Council was hosting a speaker on campus to talk about the power of the "Jewish Lobby" and our Gazette is publishing letters supporting it.

Wasn't [Dyer] supposed to be talking about peace and justice and all of that nice stuff? Apparently he didn't bother with the politically correct thin veil of criticizing Israel or Zionism. He just jumped right in and blamed things on that darn "Jewish Lobby." It's unfortunate to have to say, but some on the undistinguished USC leaders could have obviously learned a whole lot at U of T this weekend.

Perhaps the speeches by former prime minister Brian Mulroney and Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry (I encourage all to read them) could enlighten them a little. The short version goes like this: Blaming the world's problems on Jews and claiming the domination of national foreign policy by Jews is something that we have a name for these days. It's called anti-Semitism and it's totally unacceptable.

Matthew Fisher
Political Science I

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