Volume 96, Issue 82
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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Protect the kids

Re: "Know all the Facts," Feb. 14

To the Editor:

Rafiq Qutub, in his letter "Know the Facts," stressed the importance of putting facts out in the open. He defended the actions of students who passed out anti-Israel leaflets during a celebration of Israeli culture in the University Community Centre.

However, I seriously question whether Qutub would have equally supported any students passing out "fact sheets" at the recent display on Islam in the UCC that describe the incomparable and frequent terror that Israeli citizens must endure at the hands of Palestinian terrorists?

Perhaps he would argue that the religion of Islam is irrelevant to the age-old Middle Eastern conflict, thus making this protest inappropriate. But is a room full of young children dancing and eating traditional foods while celebrating a freedom-loving country an appropriate forum for aggressive debate and the distribution of slanderous "fact sheets"?

This is not a matter of being "ashamed of showing the truth," it is a matter of maintaining integrity on our campus and among those involved in the Western community. Innocent and impressionable children were at the UCC that day and they were subjected to propaganda.

Jacob Gilman
ACS II

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