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The Harvard Crimson dilutes and censors article to commemorate Intifada (english)
27 Sep 2002
In line with the policy of presidet Summers anti Palestinian
and pro Israel policy The Harvard Crimson cut out most of the
interview with Rita Hamad, former president of Harvard Arab
Students sociey to mark the Intifada (see below)...it is not
the first of anti Arab actions by the Harvard
administartion...last year they allowed the Hillel to use a
PA system and when the Arab students asked for it, the
request was denied on the basis that the PA system would
disrupt classes.
MSANews Service

Harvard Qirmizi dilutes and censors Intifada article
MSANews Service
Sep 27, 2002 01:02 PDT
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Source: Direct Submission
Email: "Riad E.Hamad"
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 06:44:04 -0700 (PDT)
Title: [AL-AWDA-News] The Harvard Crimson dilutes and censors
article to commemorate Intifada

TEXT:

Dear Friends,

In line with the policy of presidet Summers anti Palestinian
and pro Israel policy The Harvard Crimson cut out most of the
interview with Rita Hamad, former president of Harvard Arab
Students sociey to mark the Intifada (see below)...it is not
the first of anti Arab actions by the Harvard
administartion...last year they allowed the Hillel to use a
PA system and when the Arab students asked for it, the
request was denied on the basis that the PA system would
disrupt classes.

Thanks and salamat
Riad

--- Rita Hamad wrote:

From: "Rita Hamad"
To: ,
Subject: crimson article
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 09:21:31 -0400

Dear Crimson News Editors,

Yesterday I contacted your department regarding the display
in the Science Center, put on by the Society of Arab Students
to recognize the second anniversary of the Palestinian
Intifada (uprising). I am very happy to say that I was
contacted shortly thereafter by a Crimson reporter, Laura
Krug, so that I might give comments for an article to be
published the next day. I was disappointed, however, in the
manner the interview was conducted, and in the resulting
article which came out this morning. I feel it reflects
badly on the Crimson as a reputable news agency.

Although her first few questions in Ms. Krug's interview with
me related to the display, much of the rest of the interview
focused on how the Harvard Students for Israel (HSI) would
react to the display, whether I had received any negative
responses from them, whether I knew that they were having a
meeting that evening, and if I foresaw any changes in SAS'
relationship with them. I understand that perhaps she was
trying to give as complete of an interview as possible, but I
was dismayed by the article I read this morning. While the
first two columns focused on the display and reactions to it
(by an HSI student), the last column - a full third of the
article - was practically an advertisement for the Harvard
Students for Israel. It discussed what they did at their
meeting yesterday, their outreach efforts throughout the
year, and other topics irrelevant to the article, which was
titled "Science Center Display Causes Concern." If I had
known that the Crimson routinely advertised student groups
free of charge, I would have elaborated more on the various
cultural and social events that SAS holds throughout the
year, rather than the display, which I thought was the issue
at hand. In that case, perhaps the article should have been
titled "SAS and HSI: a profile of two campus organizations."

Additionally, I also repeatedly told Ms. Krug that I didn't
see or hear any controversy for negative remarks from anyone
regarding the posters, since everyone who approached me about
the display appreciated the extra information our display
provided. Thus, I am guessing that the title of the display,
"Science Center Display Causes Concern," must refer to the
Harvard Students for Israel, the only other people she
interviewed. Again, this makes me wonder whether the main
focus of the article was the display, or whether I was simply
contacted for comments on an article about HSI, their events,
and their concerns about events that SAS holds.

In any case, I hope you take time in the future to make sure
that articles in your newspaper, especially those with
pictures on the front page, are more closely read for just
such meanderings from the main topic. Alternately, the title
could be changed to reflect the actual point of the article,
so that readers like myself are not misled into thinking they
are reading about something else. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Rita Hamad '03
Former President, Harvard Society of Arab Students


"Moral values must prevail, the ends can never
justify unworthy means, or else the individual and
the race perish." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

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www.fas.harvard.edu/~hamad
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