October 10th, 2006

Chris Keeley

The Silencing of Tony Judt (WASHINGTON POST)

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is an interesting article in today's Washington Post
-- interesting, among other reasons, for the fact that the Post would
publish it.
*In N.Y., Sparks Fly Over Israel Criticism*
Polish Consulate Says Jewish Groups Called To Oppose Historian

By Michael Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 9, 2006; A03

NEW YORK -- Two major American Jewish organizations helped block a
prominent New York University historian from speaking at the Polish
consulate here last week, saying the academic was too critical of Israel
and American Jewry.

The historian, Tony Judt, is Jewish and directs New York University's
Remarque Institute, which promotes the study of Europe. Judt was
scheduled to talk Oct. 4 to a nonprofit organization that rents space
from the consulate. Judt's subject was the Israel lobby in the United
States, and he planned to argue that this lobby has often stifled honest
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