Campus Reacts to Horowitz Ad
March 29, 2004 2:43 PM
A David Horowitz ad that has been seen by many as hate speech toward the Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities has sparked strong reactions at SF State.
“Those who assume that (Horowitz) represents the views of Hillel, the Israel Coalition, the Jewish students on campus, or any student organization are terribly wrong,” said Samuel Vengrinovich, founder of the Israel-Palestine Alternative.
“We need to educate and not segregate,” Vengrinovich said in an e-mail.
“More of an issue is the lack of space for students to react to the advertisement in the forum which was published,” she said.
“This leads to unrest on campus and intimidation of students by other students and does not allow for the dialogue that is so essential to the academic community.”
Christine Yee, executive editor of Xpress Publications, said in an Xpress online commentary, “We are bringing back the Opinion page to hear what you have to say. You can e-mail email@example.com by Wednesday for Thursday’s issue (the issue to be published April 1).”
Nitzhia Shaked, a lecturer in the Jewish Studies program, felt that the issues more than the running of the ad itself raised concerns.
“Any other topic besides the Israel and Palestinian issue would not have raised so much debate,” Shaked said.
“This ad should be treated like any other controversial topic and should not be taken out of context,” she said.
“I want to know how this ad got in past deadline, without review,” Dean of Human Relations Kenneth Monteiro said.
LeBaron King, ad coordinator for the Xpress, regrets not labeling the ad as an advertisement, but stated that in the future he will clearly label all word ads as advertisements.
Normally, King sets aside word ads to read, and put the Horowitz ad aside for that purpose. But somehow it slipped through before he had a chance to read it, he said.
In an interview, Horowitz said he had sent the ad to 30 or 40 papers.
“My goal was to present the other side of the story,” said Horowitz, chairman of the Center for Popular Culture, a group which is viewed by many to be a soap box for Horowitz’s countless attacks on the liberal left.
This is not the first time Horowitz has found himself in the center of controversy through the use of advertisements. In March 2001, Horowitz created quite a stir by purchasing ad space in over 100 college newspapers attacking reparations for slavery.
As quoted in Insight magazine Horowitz has said, “One has to stigmatize the left and segregate it.”
In response to the reaction felt on campus, Horowitz proclaimed SF State as the worst campus in the country for one-sided debate.
“It is the ugliest campus for anti-Semitism,” he said.
“I think that the campus has been overdosing on just one side of the issue,” Wray said.
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