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The ‘One State Conference’: much ado about nothing

15/03/2012

Margot Einstein stands under a colorful umbrella across from Harvard’s Kennedy School carrying a sign that reads “Shame on Harvard.” She has passed her 80th year, but decided to venture out of her home in Newton on this drizzly morning to protest the “One State Conference” taking place nearby.

“This is the 1930s all over again, only worse,” she says as she hands me a small booklet containing the Hamas charter. “Today it is so blatant. The hatred of Jews is everywhere.”

Einstein is upset that she was not let into the event, but had she been allowed to enter she may have been in for a disappointment. The “One State Conference,” organized by Harvard students, is a drab, highly intellectual event. Foucault is cited more frequently than Abbas; queer theory discussed more intently than the Palestinian National Charter. Some of the panels are utterly inaccessible to a general public.

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