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Free Debate vs. Political Sport on Campus


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/free_debate_vs_political_sport_on_campus_20100311

NEW YORK – For many students, political passion is an essential part of the college experience. But, when such passion makes one feel that possessing “truth” justifies silencing others, we are no longer talking about education, but perverted political sport. When Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., attempted to deliver a speech last month at the University of California in Irvine, he was disrupted by anti-Israel hecklers. Eleven students were removed from the hall, arrested and told that they might be disciplined.

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