Posts by Ben Lewinter

Columbia Political Review: Response to “The A-Word”

Posted by Ben Lewinter on March 17, 2013 @ 12:04 am

This piece was featured in the Columbia Political Review on Friday, March 15, 2013. It was written by Ben Lewinter, LionPAC Deputy of Public Relations.

The apartheid analogy is in no way apt.

Students for Justice in Palestine have set up a protest this week on College Walk as part of their annual Israel Apartheid Week. Conversely, Omar Abboud lamented in a CPR column that the word “apartheid” has been universally rejected as a basis for criticizing Israel. While legitimately highlighting how criticism of Israel can be rejected by some circles, Mr. Abboud fails to explore the actual meaning of apartheid and the factual evidence that shows how it does not apply to Israel. Attempts to describe the situation in Israel as “apartheid” adversely oversimplifies and cheapens what is a significantly complicated conflict that demands honest intellectual discourse, not name-calling and rejection.

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