7 Mar 2002 16:21
Re: Campaign to censor_The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs_?
John Eilts <jeilts@...>
2002-03-07 15:21:45 GMT
2002-03-07 15:21:45 GMT
Mark, I haven't yet been asked this, but perhaps because I am new here they haven't found me. Such a contact wants me to run out and subscribe to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, except that between the Hoover Library and mine we already have a complete run. But seriously a proper response would be to tell the individual as an institution of higher education it is important to obtain materials representing all views of controversial topics. Even some that the writer may find inaccurate and offensive. You could then state that you will consider the writers suggestion for a new title to be acquired, unless you already have it. You can stress the importance of the library being neutral in presenting all sides to issues so that competent scholars can do their research on the topic. Hang in there. John At 06:37 PM 3/6/2002 -0500, you wrote: >Deal Melanet members, > > I have included in the body of this email message a copy of a recent >email that I, and the head of our undergraduate library, recently received >from a IU student. It appears to me to represent not the original work of >the particular individual but most likely to be part of a broader >campaign of letter writing intended to discredit The Washington Report as >an organization sympathetic to the Palestinian plight. > > Have other members of MELA, or their libraries, received similar >communications recently? If so, how have you handled the situation? >Standard reponse following the ALA published policies about censorship and >professional autonomy? > > Thanks for whatever addtional insight any of you can offer on this and >similar matters. > > Mark > >RefRefRefRefRefRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeR >e Mark T. Day, Associate Librarian, Reference e >f Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies f >e---------------Indiana University, Main Library---------------e >R 1320 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-3907 R >e (812)855-8028(reference); 855-9885(office); 855-8068(FAX) e >f E-mail: daym@... f >e WWW URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~libsalc/daym/mideast.html e >RefeRefRefeRefeRefRefRefRefRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeRefeR > >---------- Forwarded message ---------- >Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2002 02:28:21 -0500 >To: daym@... >Subject: The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs > >Dear Mr. Day, > >My name is xxxx xxxxxxxx, and I am a sophomore at IU-Bloomington. > >I am writing to you because it has come to my attention that the IUB >Libraries subscribe to "The Washington Report on Middle East >Affairs." As the Middle Eastern studies librarian, I wanted to >inform you of the publication's bias against Israel, as well as the >anti-Semitic views of its publishers. > >"The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs" is published by the >American Educational Trust, a well-known anti-Semitic and anti-Israel >propaganda group. To characterize "The Washington Report" as biased >against Israel would be a serious understatement. Within the >publication, people who defend Israel have been referred to as: >"viruses," "bacteria," "cancer," "an alien intrusion," "fifth >columnists," and "Israel-firsters." Also, the publication has >referred to the White House, the State Department, Congress, and the >media as "Israeli occupied territory." > >*** Also, in the past, "Washington Report" publisher Andrew Killgore >and editor Richard Curtiss have delivered speeches at meetings of the >Liberty Lobby, which the Anti-Defamation League has called "the most >influential and active anti-Semitic propaganda organization in the >United States." > >The American Educational Trust has spawned two other anti-Semitic >propaganda groups - the Council for the National Interest (CNI) and >Partners for Peace. CNI Foundation Chairman Paul McCloskey has >called Israel "an ugly little nation" and "a potential enemy of the >United States." Also, CNI Chairman Paul Findley has espoused some >wacky and untrue conspiracy theories about the Mossad (Israeli >intelligence). He has accused the Mossad of playing a role in the >JFK assassination, as well as plotting to kill President George Bush >Sr. > >Partners for Peace, the other organization spawned from the American >Educational Trust, has orchestrated extremely biased "Jerusalem Women >Speak" tours, which consist of three women who are supposedly from >Jerusalem and spread vicious lies about Israel. In 2001, a >"Jerusalem Women Speak" tour stopped in Bloomington. However, only >ONE of the three women was actually from Jerusalem (the other two >were from Ramallah, a West Bank town located ten miles north of >Jerusalem). > >I am telling you this because a publication like "The Washington >Report on Middle East Affairs" has no educational value for students >who want to learn about the Middle East. It gives students who read >it a very distorted and biased view of the conflict in that region. > >I recommend that you look into subscribing to a quarterly publication >put out by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in >America (CAMERA). CAMERA is a media watchdog organization committed >to campaigning against inaccurate reporting of the >Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the American media. > >CAMERA puts out a quarterly publication entitled "CAMERA On Campus," >which presents informative research and facts to students who are >interested in learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as >well as articles that teach students how to be effective campus >activists. > >In the most recent issue of "CAMERA On Campus," I wrote an article >about the many lies and half-truths told to students who attended the >"Jerusalem Women Speak" tour in Bloomington orchestrated by Partners >for Peace. > >You are welcome to visit CAMERA's Web site at: www.camera.org > >If you would like to order a FREE subscription to "CAMERA On Campus" >for the IUB Libraries, you can send an e-mail to: > >campus@... > >Thank you very much for your time. The IUB Libraries are very >helpful to students and have an abundance of resources, and I am >always very impressed with the IUB Libraries whenever I have sought >information in one. Keep up the great work, and have a great spring >break! > >Sincerely, >xxxx xxxxxxxx >xxx-xxxx John A. Eilts Curator for Middle East Collections Stanford University Libraries 123I Green Library Stanford, CA 94305-6004 USA Telephone: +1.650.736.1815 Fax: +1.650.723.9348 Email: jeilts@...