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Moratorium on Middle East Subjects

by Archives September 11, 2002

In the article on the Middle East moratorium there is a comment by Basel Al-Ken, president of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR), “It’s an attack on freedom of speech they [Concordia administration] go for,” said Al-Ken. “They’re not respecting their own rules, so we’re not going to either.”

I’m a little disappointed in this statement since freedom of speach is exactly what was breached at Netanyahu’s speech. How many sides of the fence is Al-Ken on? How can someone organize a protest to prevent someone from speaking and then complain about freedom of speech being attacked? Concordia’s moratorium will only be for a limited time, but because of the demonstration I am sure there are individuals that will never speak at Concordia.

I am not in total agreement with Concordia’s ban, especially it’s length, but if students are going act like barbarians the administration is not going to treat us like students.

Andrej Gombar
Engineering

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