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Reader: Shouldn't News Coverage Stick to the Speech?

letter to the editor

I'm just wondering whether you always editorialize about topics not raised by speakers at the International Institute in your stories, or whether this is reserved for Mr. Lévy? [Bernard-Henri Lévy Warns on Anti-Semitism, Stage 6, April 14, 2006]

Lévy did not offer a way out of this stalemate, in which each side's arguments appear to confirm or to anticipate the other's. Nor did he discuss obstacles to criticism of Israel that seem to set the United States apart from Europe. For example, a New York theater company cited political pressure this March in "indefinitely" postponing its run of a play about Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old U.S. activist who was struck and killed by a U.S.-made, Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003 while protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes. The play moved instead to a second London theater.

David E. Bernstein
Visiting Professor
University of Michigan Law School
George Mason University School of Law

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