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On May 4, activists are staging a star-studded event at UMass Amherst about their refusal to bow to intimidation tactics and shut up about Palestinian human rights. Titled “Not Backing Down,” the forum will feature Roger Waters, Linda Sarsour, Dave Zirin and Marc Lamont Hill.

Sponsors had hoped to bring Hanan Ashrawi from Palestine. But she did not receive a visa over several weeks during which the event was organized. “I think this is something new from the Trump administration,” Professor Sut Jhally said of the delay on Ashrawi’s application. He linked it to the denial of entry to Omar Barghouti last week and said that Trump is “doing the bidding of the Israeli government.”

The University of Massachusetts is coming under pressure locally to shut the forum down. The Anti Defamation League wrote to the UMass chancellor that the event is a threat to “Jewish students’ sense of belonging, as well as their sense of safety and security on campus.” StandWithUs is said to have filed a legal request for email traffic from the school’s administration about the approval and sponsorship of the event, while CAMERA and a group called Americans for Peace and Tolerance, linked with the Islam-basher Charles Jacobs, have also organized to try to force the event off campus.

Anti-semitism is of course the charge. CAMERA said Sarsour traffics in “blood libels” and a “narrative of perpetual Palestinian victimhood at the hands of Israel.” While the Peace and Tolerance group has said Jews have a religious duty going back to Moses to prevent a gathering of anti-Semites:

Moses taught us to intervene to help our fellow Jews. Make your Passover extra kosher: help fight anti-Semitism and help our fellow Jews.

The sponsors are not losing sleep over the campaign. “Universities are one of the last places you can have this kind of discussion,” Jhally says. “People are not backing down. This is precisely what people with tenure should do: have debates and discussions you can’t have anywhere else.”

The venue of a flagship state school is important. The pushback has been intense, Jhally says, because Israel supporters fear that the Palestinian solidarity movement is “being given legitimacy in their minds by the fact that [the event] is taking place at a large public institution.”

The antagonists have written to the Massachusetts governor and the UMass chancellor arguing that no public funds should go to a forum supporting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The event isn’t about BDS as such; it’s about efforts to shut down debate; and the Media Education Foundation, which is staging the event, took care to pay for the hall and security and even potted plants for the stage so that no state funds would go to the evening.

Several campus entities are sponsoring the event, including Students for Justice in Palestine, the Communications Department, a program in Resistance Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.

“It’s always a serious issue when you’re in print being called an anti-Semite,” says Jeremy Earp of the Media Education Foundation. The same sort of fear-mongering surrounded a screening two years ago of his film, “The Occupation of the American Mind” in Marblehead, Mass. The demonstrators outside the Unitarian church that bravely aired the documentary were red in the face, he said. “They thought we were Nazis. And if I’d read the propaganda they’d been reading about us, I’d have thought it was a Steve Bannon event too!

The Jewish Journal ran an attack last week, describing the event as a pro-BDS panel and characterizing Roger Waters as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. It quoted a spokesperson for the UMass chancellor saying no student group or academic department had provided funds for the event, though those organizations’ decisions to back the event “are a matter of academic freedom and free speech.”

That article excerpted a letter by Robert Trestan, head of the Anti-Defamation League in New England, to UMass-Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy saying that Jewish students would feel threatened.

“The program, featuring speakers who engage in rhetoric that demonizes the State of Israel and seeks to marginalize its supporters, has raised significant consternation among Jewish students and many others on campus and in the community, who not only care about Israel but worry about civility on campus….

“Regrettably, this event links the university with a discredited concept having a singular outcome: the elimination of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people. Our experience indicates that programs of this nature are highly divisive, impacting Jewish students’ sense of belonging, as well as their sense of safety and security on campus.”…

The student newspaper also ran an article last week by Aviva Rosenschein, a CAMERA campus activist, saying UMass should shut the event because of “blood libels” — and because it did not meet “diversity” requirements.

The panel lacks a diverse viewpoint, and attendants will only hear arguments against the Israeli government’s policies without any scholar to defend those ideas. It’s propaganda unworthy of higher education…. [F]ree speech does not compel UMass, a state-funded university, to endorse this one-sided event. A University-backed lecture should consist of various viewpoints, providing students with a means to better educate themselves and learn how to dialogue and debate with one another respectfully…

Jhally notes that two weeks ago the Israel advocate Dennis Ross (Jews “need to be advocates for Israel”) spoke on campus with the sponsorship of many mainstream groups and there was no balance, and no one tried to shut that down.

Dennis Ross event at UMass, April 2, 2019.

Americans for Peace and Tolerance then sent out its “Moses” and “Passover” letter calling on Jews to shut the event down. It said lawyers were hard at work to do so.

Lawyers are constructing a legal challenge to the University to not allow this event on University property, given the University’s public stance against BDS (see their statements on it, here and here), and the fact that sponsoring this conference is a direct refutation of their statements [“Hate Has No Place at UMass“] and their policy on fighting bigotry.

If you are or know students at UMass Amherst or employees there (professors or staff) who would like to help in this effort, please contact Attorney Karen Hurvitz…

“All of this blowback,” Earp said in an email to me, “is a perfect and predictable demonstration of what this panel is actually about: the fact that you can’t raise legitimate questions about U.S. support for Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights without being smeared as an anti-Semitic, terrorist-sympathizing extremist.”

The organizers’ release for the event stresses that each member of the panel has come under pressure not to speak up for Palestinians.

Panelists include: Legendary rocker Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, who has been repeatedly vilified as an “anti-Semite” for his outspoken criticism of the occupation and his staunch support of a cultural boycott of Israel; Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour, the co-founder of MPower Change and co-chair of the Women’s March, who was recently targeted by a private Israeli intelligence firm as part of a coordinated, U.S.-based campaign to stop her from speaking out against Israeli policies on American college campuses; Marc Lamont Hill, a professor and political commentator who has visited the occupied territories with Black Lives Matter and was fired last year by CNN for remarks he made in support of Palestinian rights; and Nation magazine sports editor and author Dave Zirin, a frequent contributor to MSNBC and ESPN who has been called a “self-hating Jew” for his criticisms of Israeli human rights abuses, his outspoken defense of Ilhan Omar, and his support for NFL players who refused to go on a promotional trip to Israel funded by the Israeli government.

“The vicious smears these four people have been subjected to are part of a systematic effort to change the subject and deflect attention away from the billions of dollars in financial and military aid the U.S. continues to give Israel despite its ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian human rights,” said Sut Jhally, a professor of Communication at UMass and the Executive Director of the Northampton-based Media Education Foundation (MEF), which is organizing the event.

Everyone fully expects the event to come off, by the way. UMass has taken a strong stand in favor of free speech in the context of rightwing speakers coming to campus. The event is free, but you must get a ticket in advance.

Update: This post first reported that Hanan Ashrawi had reportedly been denied a visa. Our new understanding is that she has not received one despite waiting several weeks, and that it is more accurate to describe the process as delay, not denial.

Philip Weiss

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  1. scott9854958 on April 23, 2019, 11:33 am

    CAMERA claims to want diverse viewpoints? Since when do Zionists embrace debate? Which one of them would go up there on a stage with Sarsour? They wouldn’t. One, because they fear it would legitimize her and two, because she might humiliate them. What they want is an all-Zionist panel AND a shutdown of whatever this gathering is.

    • CigarGod on April 23, 2019, 8:25 pm

      Exactly, they want an Israeli to give the Palestinian point of view, an American Jew to give the American Palestinian position, a Settler to give the Israeli position, and a soldier with and eye patch to give the Hamas position.
      Sort of the same template NPR uses…and gets away with every day.

      Those who commented on the rise of the World Wrestling spectacle many years ago, were prophets on the rise of the lunatics among us. Who knew, they would call themselves Jews.

      Well, Jerry Springer knew.

    • Misterioso on April 24, 2019, 9:04 am

      A brief look at the Zionist shyster Dennis Ross:

      With President Clinton’s approval, Dennis Ross, the egotistical loyal servant of “Israel,” did a real hatchet job on Arafat during the 2000 Camp David Summit: “[He] actually worked with an Israeli negotiator in the middle of the night before the summit collapsed to draft Clinton’s ‘blame speech,’ casting Arafat as the bad guy and Barak as the courageous risk-taker…. [Ross also] spent four hours with [Colin] Powell during the transition and reportedly told the incoming secretary of state not to believe a word Arafat said because he was ‘a con man’.”
      (Kathleen Christison, “Camp David Redux,” http://www.counterpunch.com/christison08152005.html)

    • Misterioso on April 24, 2019, 9:26 am

      @scott9854958, et al

      Meanwhile, just published:

      “Stories of Personal Transformation. Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism” by Carolyn L. Karcher

      “In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.

      “Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate. They want to demolish stereotypes of dissenting Jews as ‘self-hating,’ traitorous, and anti-Semitic. They want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a transcendent ethical vision.”

      “Contributors include: Joel Beinin • Sami Shalom Chetrit • Ilise Benshushan Cohen • Marjorie Cohn • Rabbi Michael Davis • Hasia R. Diner • Marjorie N. Feld • Chris Godshall • Ariel Gold • Noah Habeeb • Claris Harbon • Linda Hess • Rabbi Linda Holtzman • Yael Horowitz • Carolyn L. Karcher • Mira Klein • Sydney Levy • Ben Lorber • Shoshana Madmoni-Gerber • Carly Manes • Moriah Ella Mason • Seth Morrison • Eliza Rose Moss-Horwitz • Hilton Obenzinger • Henri Picciotto • Ned Rosch • Rabbi Brant Rosen • Alice Rothchild • Tali Ruskin • Cathy Lisa Schneider • Natalia Dubno Shevin • Ella Shohat • Emily Siegel • Rebecca Subar • Cecilie Surasky • Rebecca Vilkomerson • Jordan Wilson-Dalzell • Rachel Winsberg • Rabbi Alissa Wise • Charlie Wood.”

      “Carolyn L. Karcher is professor emerita of English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Temple University and the author of many books and articles about the struggle for racial and gender equality in the U.S.”

      Many thanks and best wishes,
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      • Tuyzentfloot on April 24, 2019, 10:19 am

        I’m all for people trying to become very Jewish without being very zionist.
        There still would be a significant tribal factor and that has its downsides, but individualist humanism is only suitable for a minority, and even they are not as individualist as they like to think.

      • RoHa on April 24, 2019, 9:55 pm

        I’m sure I’m more individualist than I think.

      • RoHa on April 24, 2019, 10:00 pm

        That’s nice.

        Let me know when AIPAC, AIJAC, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, and similar organizations follow their lead.

      • Tuyzentfloot on April 25, 2019, 10:54 am

        RoHa: I’m sure I’m more individualist than I think.

        No cheating. You should think more :)

      • Mooser on April 25, 2019, 11:17 am

        “I’m sure I’m more individualist than I think.”

        One of a kind, without a doubt. Before they made “RoHa” they broke the mold.

  2. JLewisDickerson on April 23, 2019, 12:56 pm

    RE: “Moses taught us to intervene to help our fellow Jews. Make your Passover extra kosher: help fight anti-Semitism and help our fellow Jews.” ~ Americans for Peace and Tolerance

    ■ SEE: “For You Were (Not) Slaves in Egypt: The Ancient Memories Behind the Exodus Myth” | By Ariel David | Haaretz.com | Apr 19, 2019
    From the expulsion of the Hyksos to Armageddon, the epic Passover saga does not reflect a specific event, but seems to contain distant memories that may give us clues to the real history of the ancient Israelites
    LINK – https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-for-you-were-not-slaves-in-egypt-the-memories-behind-the-exodus-myth-1.7138961

  3. David Green on April 23, 2019, 1:35 pm

    Of course this circus will happen. Of course we will continue to be distracted by this circus without actually talking seriously about the issues of occupation, militarism, etc. Of course Linda Sarsour will use this opportunity to be a Palestinian-American opportunist who doesn’t lift a finger to help the Palestinian people. Of course this panel will be lacking in substance, except perhaps for the moderator. Of course nothing will be gained or lost with this exercise. But at least I can continue to document the stupidity of Sarsour, and perhaps others, with Zirin perhaps being the best chance. Thanks.

  4. oldgeezer on April 23, 2019, 1:36 pm

    Israeli supporters are not only racists but fascists.

    A two bit state that can’t handle one bit of criticism. Not a democracy by any rational measure and a light unto racists and ethno nationalist racist groups everywhere

    • Kay24 on April 23, 2019, 2:13 pm

      They dish out, but cannot take it. They are definitely racists, and their apartheid policies show that.

    • Jejasalo on April 24, 2019, 11:06 am

      Oldgezer,

      Blanket labels of “racist” and “fascist” don’t work very well either in political debates or in op-eds. Your response reads like a scream of rage rather than a reasoned argument. I used to be the one ranting about Israel’s crimes but have found it backfires. Better to arm yourself with statistics, facts, history, and a tone of voice that does not instantly alienate the people you’d like to influence.

      • oldgeezer on April 26, 2019, 9:49 am

        @jejasalo

        It is what it is. I won’t sugar coat it.

  5. annie on April 23, 2019, 1:40 pm

    “the Peace and Tolerance group has said Jews have a religious duty going back to Moses to prevent a gathering of anti-Semites”

    they’ve become hysterical

  6. eljay on April 23, 2019, 1:53 pm

    … the Peace and Tolerance group has said Jews have a religious duty going back to Moses to prevent a gathering of anti-Semites …

    I look forward to P&T working diligently to prevent gatherings of Zionists who routinely and anti-Semitically conflate Zionism and Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Zionism and Israel.

  7. Kay24 on April 23, 2019, 2:12 pm

    Netanyahu sure knows how to thank the orange narcissistic chump, for the gifts he bestowed on Israel, just before the elections.

    Brown nosing, Bibi style:

    Netanyahu Wants Israel To Name New Town On Golan Heights After Trump
    The prime minister said “all Israelis were deeply moved” when Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty there.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/netanyahu-trump-golan-heights_n_5cbf347be4b0315683fdaf25

  8. Rusty Pipes on April 23, 2019, 3:27 pm

    Maybe Roger could have a little talk with Linda about Syria backstage. Many of us are still disappointed in her cheerleading days back when she was the successful fundraiser for an Arab American organization in Brooklyn.

    • Tuyzentfloot on April 23, 2019, 5:56 pm

      Many people were supporting the Syrian uprising. I think it was reasonable to see it as one more instance of the Arab Spring, and even to some extent justified.
      There was also a very violent component to the uprising from the start (well hidden for us)and there were outside players very eager to ruin the country(unclear what their role was in the first six months)
      It’s not easy to figure out how to handle this.

  9. Tom Suarez on April 23, 2019, 3:50 pm

    When I spoke at UMass Amherst in 2017, three professors organized a (failed) campaign to block me, quoting two UK saboteurs as their “sources” about what I would say. After I spoke without incident, the reporter who wrote about my talk for the University paper, the Daily Collegian, had not bothered to attend. He “knew” what I had said through the same UK saboteurs. https://dailycollegian.com/2017/09/the-anti-semitism-of-the-suarez-talk-is-not-the-way-to-discuss-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/

  10. Jon66 on April 23, 2019, 6:22 pm

    Can someone call Oren, Barkat, Hirsi Ali and others and let them know that it’s apparently OK to have a view that is controversial?

    • eljay on April 23, 2019, 7:48 pm

      || Jon66: Can someone call Oren, Barkat, Hirsi Ali and others and let them know that it’s apparently OK to have a view that is controversial? ||

      Are all controversial views OK? Or are less-than-flattering views of the past and on-going evils of Zionism and its “Jewish State” construct still taboo?

      • Jon66 on April 24, 2019, 7:29 am

        I have never advocated for censorship. I am a strong supporter of free speech. I do think that the speech may have consequences. If a doctor, for example, threatens to give the medications to Jews, then she may be fired. https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/296196/kern-medical-center-withdraws-offer-to-fired-ohio-doc-who-tweeted-she-would-give-jews-the-wrong-meds/

      • eljay on April 24, 2019, 8:37 am

        || Jon66: I have never advocated for censorship. … ||

        I didn’t say you had.

        || … I am a strong supporter of free speech. … ||

        That’s good. So it’s OK to have controversial views.

        || … I do think that the speech may have consequences. … ||

        Consequences would seem to make controversial views not OK to have.

      • Jon66 on April 24, 2019, 1:18 pm

        “Consequences would seem to make controversial views not OK to have.”
        You have to distinguish between a persons right to speak freely and the consequences of that speech.

        “You’ve gotta respect everyone’s beliefs.” No, you don’t. That’s what gets us in trouble. Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: “That is fucking stupid. Are you kidding me?” I acknowledge that you believe that, that’s great, but I’m not going to respect it. I have an uncle that believes he saw Sasquatch. We do not believe him, nor do we respect him!” Patton Oswald

      • eljay on April 24, 2019, 2:23 pm

        || Jon66: “Consequences would seem to make controversial views not OK to have.”
        You have to distinguish between a persons right to speak freely and the consequences of that speech. … ||

        If it is OK to have a view that is controversial, there shouldn’t be a consequence to having it. A consequence implies that having that controversial view is not OK.

        || … “You’ve gotta respect everyone’s beliefs.” No, you don’t. That’s what gets us in trouble. Look, you have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go: “That is fucking stupid. Are you kidding me?” I acknowledge that you believe that, that’s great, but I’m not going to respect it. I have an uncle that believes he saw Sasquatch. We do not believe him, nor do we respect him!” Patton Oswald ||

        Being told that your controversial view is “fucking stupid” is not a consequence.

        Being fired and then blackballed for your controversial view is a consequence and it very clearly indicates that it is not OK for you to have that controversial view.

      • Jon66 on April 24, 2019, 6:22 pm

        Eljay,
        I must be unclear.
        Free speech means freedom from governmental interference. So in that regard controversial speech is OK.
        It does not mean that your boss won’t fire you for being a Nazi or the billboard company won’t reject your ad advocating violence against some racial group.

        There were no consequences for this conference or for the rapper.
        “A few weeks ago there was a major conference, Conflict Over Gaza, sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and UNC Global. One of the presenters at this high-profile conference was the Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar. He told the audience that he wanted to sing them a song, but that he needed their help singing it, because “I cannot be anti-Semitic alone.” Just to make sure his intentions were clear; he told the audience not to think of Rihanna. Instead, while singing, they should “think of Mel Gibson”
        https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2019/04/15/why-has-outrageous-anti-semitism-at-a-uncduke-conference-about-gaza-been-ignored-by-the-media/amp/

      • eljay on April 24, 2019, 7:59 pm

        || Jon66: Eljay,
        I must be unclear.
        Free speech means freedom from governmental interference. So in that regard controversial speech is OK.
        It does not mean that your boss won’t fire you for being a Nazi or the billboard company won’t reject your ad advocating violence against some racial group. … ||

        IMO you’re being quite clear: You keep saying it’s OK to have a controversial view and then you demonstrate why it’s not OK to have a controversial view.

        || … Free speech means freedom from governmental interference. So in that regard controversial speech is OK. … ||

        So if someone holds the controversial view that, say, it’s OK to rape infants or that all Jews should be murdered, you believe that:
        – it’s OK to hold that controversial view; and,
        – government shouldn’t interfere.

        Wow. I couldn’t disagree more with you on this.

  11. William3 on April 23, 2019, 7:05 pm

    I’ve concluded after seeing the rabidness with which the pro Israel folk act whenever an event like this is planned that it’s truly not about an outrage over “anit-Jewishness” at all rather that they are looking in the mirror and being honest with themselves at which point they realize the history they are defending has been one of utter depravity and evil toward the indigenous population but they refuse to let their conscience allow truth to prevail. Maybe I’m wrong but there has to be some reason for such mouth foaming over a discussion about the struggle for human rights..

    • johneill on April 24, 2019, 4:43 am

      from their perspective, jews are the indigenous people, and words like ‘equality’ and ‘human rights’ are the cloak through which their self-determination is being threatened. that ‘self-determination’ depends on colonization and human rights abuses is indeed beyond their reckoning.

  12. William3 on April 23, 2019, 7:16 pm

    Just a side note: Roger Waters and David Gilmour didn’t get along for years after Roger left Pink Floyd after the Final Cut. Despite the old wounds however they did play together for Palestine in 2010. David is not as outspoken as Roger but he knows right from wrong and I thank them both:

    https://youtu.be/eCq5wtSO-qI

    • Tuyzentfloot on April 24, 2019, 4:33 am

      Roger Waters was always politically alert. It’s not just about being outspoken. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of Waters’s insights.

  13. Marnie on April 24, 2019, 12:05 am

    “The University of Massachusetts is coming under pressure locally to shut the forum down. The Anti Defamation League wrote to the UMass chancellor that the event is a threat to “Jewish students’ sense of belonging, as well as their sense of safety and security on campus.”

    Could the ADL needs to define this threat to jewish students’ sense of belonging and to where they belong? They’re attending school in the u.s. and presumably these are american citizens so what pray tell are they being threatened with – deportation? Loss of citizenship? Is the ADL so feckless that any movement that includes palestinians is going to upset the fragile constitution of american jewish college students that any and all talk of palestinian resistance must be stopped? If there was nothing to hide and if israel were indeed a democracy israel would be fighting tooth and nail to have and even host events like these to prove they are not the bloody murderers, thieves, rapists, etc., that they are being accused of being. But…..they can’t do that because what they’re accused of and what has been documented over 70+ years proves they are bloody murderers, thieves, rapists, etc.

  14. James Canning on April 24, 2019, 10:39 am

    Suppressing free speech in the US (and elsewhere) is core element of the annexationist program by Israel in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.

  15. Jejasalo on April 24, 2019, 11:41 am

    What I find most irksome in these attempts at shutting down panels of speakers defending Palestinian Rights is the notion of them being “one-sided.”

    It’s OK for college campuses, msm outlets, our elected and non-elected politicians, and so-called ‘experts’ to present the ‘pro-Israel’ side [for decades] as if it is the Truth — but then when people begin to push back against this ideology the Truth-Keepers become hysterical with accusations of “divisiveness”, of “one-sidedness,” or “having an unbalanced presentation.”

    —As if the other side hasn’t been the only one we’ve been taught since birth. Palestinian Rights champions *are* the other side. Give us the microphone for awhile.

    These pathetic attacks make me think of an amusing anecdote: I once brought Noam Chomsky to campus to speak about Operation Cast Lead that had taken place in Gaza earlier that year. The *Human Rights* chair refused to have his department co-sponsor the event because it was ‘one sided.’ If we were going to bring Noam Chomsky to speak, he complained, then we should – to be fair – bring in Alan Dershowitz as well. He was serious, of course.

    Chomsky commented during his talk that if we were going to bring Alan Dershowitz to speak then we should invite Osama Bin Laden, too, to make it balanced.

    The audience loved it.

  16. John D on April 25, 2019, 11:40 am

    Opponents of the forum event cite a duty imposed upon them by someone they call Moses.
    Where is the real tangible evidence that any such person ever actually existed?
    Where is he buried?
    Where is his gravestone?
    The truth is that they are relying solely upon a myth to oppose this event.
    The event is dealing with real events, real injustices and real abuses of human rights.
    That will always take precedence over mere imaginary myths.

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