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October 12, 2002

E-mail thrusts pro-Palestinian parley into spotlight

"With your help, we can bring down the Zionist country and thereby rid the world of another racist country," the e-mails state. "Jews in Palestine have systematically destroyed the lives of the indigenous Palestinians who had lived there for hundreds of years. It is time for us to speak out and be heard, and you can be part of this revolution!"

Two e-mails containing these anti-Israel, antisemitic sentiments, along with encouragement to challenge "Israeli Apartheid," were sent to more than 1,000 University of Michigan (U of M) faculty, staff members and student leaders on Sept. 25. The e-mails invite faculty and students to "speak out against Israel" at the Second National Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at the university -

As tensions grow and debate heats up concerning divestment of campus-held stock in companies doing business in Israel, reports of the controversial U of M e-mails thrust their upcoming conference into the national spotlight. Sponsored by a U of M student group, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE), the conference plans to encourage divestment and discourage U.S. aid to Israel.