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Sharansky Breasts a Protest Against His Talk at Brown On Jewish Identity By IRA STOLL (NY Sun)

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Jan. 29, 2016

Ira Stoll was on hand when Michael Douglas and Natan Sharansky came to Brown University to discuss Jewish identity in the face of dozens of shrill pro-Palestinian protesters.

But it’s nonetheless a sad moment for American higher education, for Israel, and for world Jewry when a campus conversation between an American actor with a Jewish identity and a human rights hero known for surviving nine years in the Soviet gulag is greeted — before it even happens — by an op-ed in the student newspaper summoning a rally “to speak out against this justification of Israeli crimes.” It’s a measure of the movement’s virulence that it targeted not an appearance by an Israeli general or a foreign policy talk but rather a discussion about Jewish identity.

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