W. Jones (replying to yours of 8/31, 7:44 pm), it sounds like you agree with me, if reluctantly. Surely you can understand that to criticize Weir does not mean to take the side of JVP and the CEIO, whom I call gatekeepers because they seek to restrict the movement to limits acceptable to them: two states, 1967 borders, narrow BDS, oppose the “occupation” etc., instead of working for a fully liberated Palestine one state, democratic and secular, from the River to the Sea, with the right of return for all exiles). At bottom the dispute turns over strategy: I believe Palestine can only be liberated by linking to struggles of the downtrodden throughout the world, including the struggle of black youth against the police. In my opinion neither the JVP/CEIO strategy of appealing to liberals (including soft Zionists) nor Alison Weir’s strategy of appealing to “patriots” committed to the “national interest” (including neonazis) will produce anything more than a Palestinian microstate under U.S./Israeli domination, leaving the refugees out. I know that few people here agree with me. I can live with that, and do not seek to ban anyone. But when I see someone doing something that weakens the possibility of building the links I think necessary, I regard it as my duty to speak out.