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Real heroes

By Juan Gonzalez, Daily News columnist

When the bullets started to fly, New York photojournalist Bradley Will was clutching a camera, doing what he loved most – filming a group of downtrodden people fighting for respect in some forgotten corner of our world.

This was last Friday, on a narrow street on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico, where Will, 36, a longtime member of New York’s radical IndyMedia Center, had gone in early October to document an amazing story.

It is one our own national media somehow managed to ignore for five long months.

Since June, residents of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico’s poorest region, have been in open yet relatively peaceful rebellion against the abuses of their governor, Ulises Ruiz.

Thousands of teachers have shut down all the public schools throughout the state. Their supporters in the student and trade union movements, numbering in the tens of thousands, occupied the grand old central plaza in the capital city.

The protesters chased Ruiz and his administration out of the state capital. They took over the radio and television stations and organized spontaneous so-called Oaxaca People’s Assemblies in dozens of smaller towns across the state.

They vowed to keep up the protests until Ruiz, a leader of Mexico’s corrupt Institutional Revolutionary Party, resigned.

Not since China’s Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989 had a Third World nation witnessed such a massive and intractable public protest.

But you couldn’t tell that by watching network news reports in this country or reading the national press. Here was Mexico, our next-door neighbor and one of the world’s most populous nations, in the throes of a huge crisis, and the big American media paid no attention.

So Jenny Smith, Will’s close friend for many years, wasn’t surprised when she heard he was heading for Oaxaca.

Smith first met Will back in 1993, when she was 19 and they were both budding poets in Boulder, Colo., enrolled in something called the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

“Every issue that involved people being oppressed or needing help, Brad wanted to be there,” Smith said yesterday. “He was just fearless.”

For a few years, Will wandered the country, first as a tree-sitting environmental activist in the Pacific Northwest, then as a squatter and defender of community gardens on the lower East Side. At some point, he picked up a camera and turned to documentary films.

He took his camera to Ecuador and Brazil to do stories on peasants fighting to recover their land, and to Prague to chronicle protests against the World Trade Organization.

Wherever there was a cause the big commercial media ignored, Will headed there to tell the story.

“He went to places where popular movements were trying to create direct democracy,” said Eric Laursen, another longtime friend. “Sometimes, he seemed to defy gravity.”

There are more than a few in our modern media who desperately want to dismiss social activist-journalists such as Will, the same way that a hundred years ago others sought to discredit muckrakers like Ida Tarbell and Upton Sinclair.

Last Friday, Will was filming on the outskirts of Oaxaca in a place where no other American journalist had bothered to go.

His film, available on YouTube.com, shows a large red dump truck drive onto a narrow street. A few dozen protesters start throwing rocks at the men in the truck, who are supporters of the government.

Suddenly, men in plainclothes from the truck begin to fire guns. The crowd retreats. Another shot is fired and Will is heard crying out.

His camera, still running, falls to the ground. Will, shot in the stomach, would die minutes later.

Initial press reports in this country claimed he died in a crossfire. His 80-second film clip, however, shows no crossfire. All the shooting came from one side.

The next day, thousands of federal police moved in and retook the city’s downtown in a show of force. Early this week, Oaxaca’s governor refused a request by both houses of Mexico’s congress for his resignation, so the crisis continues.

Maybe now it will get a little more attention.

Originally published on November 1, 2006

Oaxaca, part 1

Oaxaca, part 2


Israeli Soldiers Confront Suicide Bombers Armed with Rocket Launchers

Gaza, fuoco sulle donne

VIDEO: La Republica

Beit Hanun: l’esercito israeliano spara sul corteo. Vittime e diversi feriti
[3 novembre 2006]



Two women have been killed as Israeli troops opened fire on a crowd of women gathered to help besieged gunmen flee a Gaza mosque, witnesses and doctors say.

11.03.2006 | BBC News

“We risked our lives to free our sons”

– Um Mohammed
Beit Hanoun woman




Learning the Lessons of the Holocaust

By Fadi Yacoub, PNN, (Bethlehem)

On Thursday the Palestine News Network spoke with source at the
American Consulate in Jerusalem who wished to remain anonymous.

The discussion regarded the US drug company that stopped selling
cancer medication to Palestinians as part of the US-led blockade
against the Hamas government. The Consulate spokesperson said that no
US-linked cancer treatments will reach Palestinians until the blockade
is lifted.

At the beginning of October the Tel Aviv based US company alleged that
it could not supply medicine to the West Bank or Gaza Strip as it
presents a risk to its employees.

The Palestinian company that imports the medication from the American
company told PNN that the end of cancer treatment drugs for
Palestinians is due to the blockade against the Hamas government. The
director of the Jerusalem-based company expressed fears on Thursday
that thousands of people will die as a result of the continuing lack
of medication. He said that a press conference is forthcoming to bring
the world’s attention to the issue.

The US-led economic and political blockade began when the Hamas party
took office a month after the elections.


Campus rallies in defense of White student traumatized after being called Black.

By CAROLYN SALAZAR, STAFF WRITER

MAHWAH – Student leaders at Ramapo College have scheduled an anti-hate rally for next week in response to recent incidents at the college.

During the past week, anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages have been scrawled on a student’s vehicle and three dormitory rooms. Mahwah police are investigating.

“I deplore this shameful and intolerable act and assure the community that we are trying to identify the perpetrator,” college President Peter Philip Mercer wrote in an e-mail message to the university.

College spokeswoman Bonnie Franklin said the messages have distressed students and faculty. It was unclear whether the same person was responsible for both incidents, she said.

“We will not allow this type of activity to continue,” Franklin said, adding that administrators were examining videotapes and interviewing students.

The first incident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday, when someone outlined the words “I hate Jews” on a window of a car in the school parking lot, according to the president’s e-mail and police reports.

The owner of the vehicle isn’t Jewish, and the message didn’t appear to target her, said township police Capt. Stephen Jaffe.

The second incident occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. Sunday, when someone scribbled messages on the marker boards of three dormitory rooms, including “I am gay” and a derogatory word for homosexuals.

After those incidents were reported, another student notified school security that she remembered seeing a crudely carved swastika on the side of a building a few weeks before, the reports said.

Jaffe said police are investigating whether the perpetrators could face harassment charges or worse. According to the attorney general’s guidelines, for the offenses to rise to the level of a hate crime, the offender must target a specific group.

Students say no matter how the perpetrators are punished or why they did it, the hateful messages must stop.

“These weren’t major crimes that occurred, but people are angry and people are really upset,” said Stephen Cucchiara, president of the college’s Student Government Association. “We are such a diverse community, and students are in disbelief that something like this would happen here.”

Sarah Costello, who works at the Women’s Center, said she and her classmates are organizing the rally so the student body will know that the messages don’t reflect the feelings of the majority.

“We want the people who were targeted to know that they are not alone,” Costello said. “This is something that has been hurtful to a lot of different people – especially because it has come out of nowhere. The messages have made a lot of people feel very uncomfortable.”

E-mail: salazar@northjersey.com


…and this is the basement where ADL breaks the kneecaps of Israel's critics.

October 30, 2006 – New York – Diplomats from more than 50 countries will join leaders of the American Jewish Committee on Thursday, November 2, for the New York Chapter’s 17th annual tour of Jewish New York, and will be treated to special presentation by Dan Rather on AJC’s groundbreaking use of media to fight prejudice.

U.N. ambassadors and other senior diplomats from China, Greece, India, Jordan, Mexico, and Turkey, as well as consuls general from Austria, Germany and the Philippines, are among the diplomats attending the event.

This year’s tour showcases the historic Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, home to Conservative Judaism’s rabbinical seminary.

“The point is to introduce these world leaders to key institutions that reflect different aspects of Jewish life in New York City and across the country,” said Diane Steinman, executive director of AJC’s New York chapter.

Dan Rather, former anchor of the CBS Evening News, will present a multimedia retrospective on AJC’s use of radio, TV, and film to educate, fight anti-Semitism, further civil rights, and contribute to deepening America’s democratic values.

In addition, throughout the day, the group will hear from several speakers, including David Harris, AJC’s executive director; Ruth Beesch, deputy director for Program at the Jewish Museum; and several faculty members at JTS.

The program is one of many AJC initiatives focused on international relations. AJC just completed its 17th “diplomatic marathon” in which the group met with leaders of more than 60 countries who were in New York for the start of the U.N. General Assembly.


Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer

(photo: AP/Carl De Souza, Pool)


Hitchens declares: "Mission Accomplished"

By Patrick Cockburn in Arbil, Northern Iraq

Sunni insurgents have cut the roads linking the city to the rest of Iraq. The country is being partitioned as militiamen fight bloody battles for control of towns and villages north and south of the capital.

As American and British political leaders argue over responsibility for the crisis in Iraq, the country has taken another lurch towards disintegration.

Well-armed Sunni tribes now largely surround Baghdad and are fighting Shia militias to complete the encirclement.

The Sunni insurgents seem to be following a plan to control all the approaches to Baghdad. They have long held the highway leading west to the Jordanian border and east into Diyala province. Now they seem to be systematically taking over routes leading north and south.

Dusty truck-stop and market towns such as Mahmoudiyah, Balad and Baquba all lie on important roads out of Baghdad. In each case Sunni fighters are driving out the Shia and tightening their grip on the capital. Shias may be in a strong position within Baghdad but they risk their lives when they take to the roads. Some 30 Shias were dragged off a bus yesterday after being stopped at a fake checkpoint south of Balad.

In some isolated neighbourhoods in Baghdad, food shortages are becoming severe. Shops are open for only a few hours a day. “People have been living off water melon and bread for the past few weeks,” said one Iraqi from the capital. The city itself has broken up into a dozen or more hostile districts, the majority of which are controlled by the main Shia militia, the Mehdi Army.

The scale of killing is already as bad as Bosnia at the height of the Balkans conflict. An apocalyptic scenario could well emerge – with slaughter on a massive scale. As America prepares its exit strategy, the fear in Iraq is of a genocidal conflict between the Sunni minority and the Shias in which an entire society implodes. Individual atrocities often obscure the bigger picture where:

  • upwards of 1,000 Iraqis are dying violently every week;
  • Shia fighters have taken over much of Baghdad; the Sunni encircle the capital;
  • the Iraqi Red Crescent says 1.5 million people have fled their homes within the country;
  • the Shia and Sunni militias control Iraq, not the enfeebled army or police.

No target is too innocent. Yesterday a bomb tore through a party of wedding guests in Ur, on the outskirts of Sadr City, killing 15 people, including four children. Iraqi wedding parties are very identifiable, with coloured streamers attached to the cars and cheering relatives hanging out the windows.

Amid all this, Dick Cheney, the US Vice-President, has sought to turn the fiasco of Iraq into a vote-winner with his claim that the Iraqi insurgents have upped their attacks on US forces in a bid to influence the mid-term elections. There is little evidence to support this. In fact, the number of American dead has risen steadily this year from 353 in January to 847 in September and will be close to one thousand in October.

And there is growing confusion over the role of the US military. In Sadr City, the sprawling slum in the east of the capital that is home to 2.5 million people, American soldiers have been setting up barriers of cement blocks and sandbags after a US soldier was abducted, supposedly by the Mehdi Army. The US also closed several of the bridges across the Tigris river making it almost impossible to move between east and west Baghdad. Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, added to the sense of chaos yesterday when he ordered the US army to end its Sadr City siege.

Mr Maliki has recently criticised the US for the failure of its security policy in Iraq and resisted American pressure to eliminate the militias. Although President Bush and Tony Blair publicly handed back sovereignty to Iraq in June 2004, Mr Maliki said: “I am now Prime Minister and overall commander of the armed forces yet I cannot move a single company without Coalition [US and British] approval.”

In reality the militias are growing stronger by the day because the Shia and Sunni communities feel threatened and do not trust the army and police to defend them. US forces have been moving against the Mehdi Army, which follows the nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but he is an essential prop to Mr Maliki’s government. Almost all the main players in Iraqi politics maintain their own militias. The impotence of US forces to prevent civil war is underlined by the fact that the intense fighting between Sunni and Shia around Balad, north of Baghdad, has raged for a month, although the town is beside one of Iraq’s largest American bases. The US forces have done little and when they do act they are seen by the Shia as pursuing a feud against the Mehdi Army.

One eyewitness in Balad said two US gunships had attacked Shia positions on Sunday killing 11 people and seriously wounding six more, several of whom lost legs and arms. He added that later two Iraqi regular army platoons turned up in Balad with little military equipment. When they were asked by locals why their arms were so poor “the reply was that they were under strict orders by the US commander from the [nearby] Taji camp not to intervene and they were stripped of their rocket-propelled grenade launchers”.

Another ominous development is that Iraqi tribes that often used to have both Sunni and Shia members are now splitting along sectarian lines.

In Baghdad it has become lethally dangerous for a Sunni to wander into a Shia neighbourhood and vice versa. In one middle-class district called al-Khudat, in west Baghdad, once favoured by lawyers and judges, the remaining Shia families recently found a cross in red paint on their doors. Sometimes there is also a note saying “leave without furniture and without renting your house”. Few disobey.

The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq by Patrick Cockburn is published this month by Verso


A Call for Justice and Decency

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Women in Black Los Angeles, PO Box 5341, Beverly Hills, CA, 90209

WomeninBlack[at]gmail.com
October 30, 2006

Mr Avi Shoshani
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
1 Huberman Street
Tel Aviv, Israel

Dear members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,

It is with great respect for classical music in general, and for the music of the Israel Philharmonic in particular that we, members of Women in Black, Los Angeles are writing you this letter. Some of us are Israelis now living in the US. We grew up attending concerts of the orchestra, and remember the experience with so much joy. We have the deepest appreciation for artists, musicians in this instance, and see you as being on the leading edge of Israeli society and as powerful opinion leaders in your
communities.

Learning that the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing next February at the prestigious Disney Hall in Los Angeles, following other concerts in New York and San Francisco, we are inspired to ask you this:

  • Are you willing to take a public stand to denounce the Israeli Occupation of the
    West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza?
  • Will you call for an end to Occupation as a first step toward a viable peace, and for honest negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders?

We are not just speaking from far away. Some of us have been in Israel /Palestine over the past few years. We have witnessed the Apartheid Wall, the checkpoints, and the daily humiliation and violence an entire population of Palestinians has endured for nearly forty years. Like many in Israel and the global community, we feel that this occupation must end. And like many other groups in the United States and in Los Angeles, we hope that, as representatives of the State of Israel, you will take a public stand on this issue.

The Occupation is damaging both Palestinians and Israelis, with so much suffering on
both sides. Former US President, Jimmy Carter, has recently written a book “Palestine:
Peace, Not Apartheid” due for release November 14. In his summary Carter writes:
“Israel’s current policy in the territories is a system of Apartheid, with two peoples
occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally
dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human
rights. Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the
primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”

Imagine that the Israel Philharmonic’s denouncement of the Occupation and call for
peace and justice will have a huge positive ripple effect on Israeli society. Imagine a
future where Israelis and Palestinians share the resources of their land with respect and
appreciation for each others’ humanity, cultures and needs.

Maybe it’s the artists and musicians who will finally bring peace and justice to Israel, Palestine and the region.

We hope you will distribute the letter to the members of your orchestra, and look forward to hearing from you by November 25, 2006 regarding your stand against the Occupation.

Please respond with your comments to Women in Black Los Angeles, PO Box 5341,
Beverly Hills, California, 90209, or email us at WomeninBlackLA@gmailcom.

Thank you,

Peace and blessings,

Elana Golden, Mary Hughes
For Women in Black, Los Angeles

CC: Zubin Mehta, Conductor; Ilia Konovalov, Concertmaster; Elyakum Salzman, Second
Violin; Miriam Hartman, Viola; Michael Haran, Cello; Teddy Kling, Bass; Yossi
Arnheim, Flute; Bruce Weinstein, Oboe; Ron Selka, Clarinet

Endorsements from groups and individuals

Women in Black, Los Angeles; Women in Black, Vienna, Austria; Women in Black,
Leuven, Belgium; Women in Black, Belgrade: Women in Black Bay Area, San
Francisco; Women in Black, Armidale, NSW Australia; Women in Black,
Canberra, Australia; Women in Black, Gulfcoast, Florida; East End Women in
Black, Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor, NY; Women of a Certain Age, New York

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Oakland; International Women’s Peace Service
(IWPS); Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Maryland; The
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) UK; Architects & Planners
for Justice in Palestine (DPJP), UK; The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee, NY; Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Scotland; British
Committee for Universities of Palestine, Birmingham, UK; Jews against the
Occupation (JATO), NY, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
(ICAHD), Israel

The WE Project LA; Café Intifada, LA; LA Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee,
LA; Western New York Peace Center, Buffalo; International Solidarity Movement
(ISM) Northern California; International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Southern
California; Tel Rumeida Circus for Detained Palestinians, West Bank, Palestine;
New Alliance for Middle East Solutions (NAME), NY; Network of Jews against the
Occupation, Italy; Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, California; Arab
Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA)

Israel: Jeff Halper, Coordinator and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Action Advocacy
Officer, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Jerusalem;
Jonathan Cook, writer, Nazareth; Uri Davis, PhD, Chair, AL-BEIT, Association for the
Defence of Human Rights in Israel, Sakhnin; Elana Wesley, musician, peace & human
rights activist and Sara Kajtar, Tel Aviv; Taghrid Shbita, human rights lawyer, Tira; Daphne Banai, Tel Aviv; Tsilli Goldenberg, Jerusalem; Yehudit Kierstein Kehset, writer,
Jerusalem; Dorothy Naor, Herzlia, Israel; Anat Biletzki, Tel Aviv U, Tel Aviv; Liad
Kantorowicz, Tel Aviv; Bilha Sundermann Golan, Moshav Beit Sha’arim; Annelien
Kirsch-Kroon, Ramat Hasharon

Palestine: Nora Lester Murad, PhD., Beit Hanina; Amneh Daragmeh, Jenin; Dr. Hassan
and Miriam Almisshai, Network Arab American Professionals (NAAP), Gaza; Suad
Amiry, architect, writer, Ramallah; Matthew Middleton, Bethlehem; Nidal Abuzuluf,
Coordinator, Network of Christian Organizations in Bethlehem; Meg Carter, Bethlehem;
Mohammad Alsaafin, Ramallah; Hannah Mermelstein, Salfit; Rania Elias, Director,
Yabous Productions, East Jerusalem; Jerry Levin, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Hebron,
author, West Bank Diary

Los Angeles: Donna J. Warren, Green Party Candidate for Lt. Governor, LA; Saree
Makdisi, Professor of English, UCLA; Ivan Strasburg, cinematographer, LA; James
Lafferty, lawyer, host, Lawyer’s Guild Show, LA; Jerrold Cohen, PhD., Editor, The
Occupation Report, LA; Hanna Elias, filmmaker, LA; Maryna Hrushetska, Executive
Director, Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA; Don Bustany, ‘Middle East in Focus’ radio
show, LA; Nina von Teussing, filmmaker, LA; David Wittry, artist, LA; Gabriel
Piterberg, history professor, UCLA; Mahmood Ibrahim, PhD, history professor, LA;
Diane Lefer, author, LA Jews for Peace, LA; Norm Ewers, Middle East Task Force,
Episcopal Diocese of LA; Yael Korin, WIB; Marie Moser, LA; Emma Rosenthal, WIB,
Greta Berlin, ISM, WIB; Pat Twair, journalist, WIB; Pat Barry, human rights attorney;
Hughes Thompson, human rights activist; Frances Fuji, MA, LA; Carole LaFlamme,
WIB: Ramona Silva, LA; Kevin Damato, IWitnessPalestine, LA; Barbara Gluck, The
Global Light Network, LA; Nancy Halpern, LA; Mary Sutton, graphic artist, LA; Carol
Krauthamer Smith, human rights attorney, LA; Wally Marks, LA; Frances Anderson,
Progressive Democrats, LA; Argelis Ortiz, artist, LA; Don Bowers, Jack Unger, Bernhard
Rohrbacker, labor lawyer, Loren Lewis, Ed Pearl, Maricela Guzman, US Navy Veteran,
Musa Nasir, Samir Twair, Emily Loughran, Yadira Arevalo, Mike Kogan, and Don W.
White, educator, LA; CJ Minster, Program Chair, Women’s International League for
Peace & Freedom, LA; Hagit Borer, Professor, Linguistics, USC, LA

Southern California: Jodie Evans, co-founder, CODEPINK, Women for Peace, Venice;
Edward Tawil, former chair, Arab-American Caucus, Democratic party, Costa Mesa;
Fred Shepherd, Global Information Services, Greenbrae; Rev. Darrel Meyers, Middle
East Fellowship of Southern California, Burbank; Therese Tappouni, Oceanside; Belinda
Bauer, Santa Monica; Jalaledin Ebrahim, Oxnard; William Richert, writer/director, Santa
Monica; Yasmine Gado, Santa Monica; Katrina L. Wright, Hollywood; Nadia S.
Bettendorf, educator, California; Phyllis Solomon, Seal Beach; Sandra Pettit, civil rights
attorney, Santa Monica; Yadi Hashemi, engineer, Hawthorn; Ana Sanchez, MD, Newport
Beach; Steve Mattson, psychologist, Venice; Deena Metzger, author/philosopher,
Topanga; Mostafa Zayed, PhD, Marina del Ray; Yadi Hashemi, Hawthorn; Gerald
Schmidt, Cyprus, Randi Johnson, filmmaker, Topanga; Tony Paukstis, Orange; David
Shibley, Santa Monica; Susan Swartz, writer, Thousand Oaks; Diana Bandak, San Diego;
Najeeb Elhatoum, Lancaster; Ted and Sharon Shohfi, Huntington Beach; Doris Bittar,
San Diego; Stanley and Diana Waechter, Elk Grove; David Rocha, musician and teacher,
Castro Valley; Judy Neunuebel, Santa Barbara; Barry Weiss, Encino;
Jeffrey Warner, PhD, La Habra Heights; Peggy Paull, Laguna Woods; Erica Hahn,
member of Arbeiterring, Huntington Beach; Stephanie Sieveke, Azusa Pacific U; Sylvia
Khuri, Escondido; Sabry Abdel Aziz, CPA; Barbara Aswad, PhD, Anthropology
Professor, Claremont; Lynda Hernandez, Huntington Beach; Maggie Zayed, Irvine;
Frank Bardacke, WILPF, Watsonville; Gary Fields, Associate Prof., UDSD, San Diego

San Francisco Area: Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, SF; Mitchell Plitnick, Director of
Education and Policy, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Alameda; Barbara Lubin, Middle
East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Berkeley; Paul Larudee, International Solidarity
Movement, SF: Jonas Moffat, Palestinian Circus, SF; Sandra Butler, Bay Area WIB, SF,
Nan Budinger, writer, SF; Denni Leibowitz, Bay Area WIB, SF; Sanaz Meshkinpour,
Global Exchange, SF; Tasmin Gosia, SF; Stefano Alberti, SF; Bruce Balin, SF; Janet
Jones, SF; Christine Cordaro, SF; Rita Karuna Cahn, LCSW, Psychotherapist, SF: Carol
Sanders, JVP, Berkeley; Karen Platt, JVP, Albany; Mo Shooer, JVP, SF; Glen Hauer,
JVP, Berkeley; Jean Pauline, WIB Bay Area, Berkeley; Phylece Snyder, Lawrence J.
Waldron, Berkeley; JVP, Oakland; Russell Bates, Berkeley; Nabil Wahbeh, Berkeley.
Mary Prophet, Berkeley; Lawrence J. Waldron, Berkeley

Northern, Central, California: Shaheen Kazi, San Mateo; Maureen Smith, Peace and
Freedom party, Santa Cruze; Helen Rose, WILF, Monterey; Esther Riley, Fairfax;
Marian Blanton, San Rafael; Conne Pratt, Chico; Mushtaq A. Syed, San Jose; Hisham
Ghazouli, Redwood City; Darlene Wallach, Justice for Palestinians, San Jose; Eunice
Eichelberger, retired attorney, Lafayette; Zoe Goorman, Mill Valley; Omar Shakir,
Students Confronting Apartheid in Israel, Stanford; Sharon Edgar, designer, Santa Rosa;
Philip L. Fetzer, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo;
Manzar Foroohar, California Polytechnic State U, San Luis Obispo; Mike Severson,
Santa Rosa; Georgette Nahha, Stockton; Marcia Rider, Corralitos; Thomas I. Green,
Rosamond; Robert Kirkconnell, Veterans for Peace, Crestline

New York City: Jenny Heinz, CODEPINK, Granny Peace Brigade; Donald Moore, West
Side Jesuit Community; Gail Miller, Women of a Certain Age; Carol Yost, Ad Hoc
Coalition for Justice in the Middle East; Ann Petter, graphic designer; Doreen and Stuart
Shapiro, NY; Michael S. Smith, litigator; Barbara Aubrey, PhD; Andy Musilli, NY; John
McDermott, NY; Gil Talmi, film composer; Elizabeth Horowitz, NY; Rosie Bsheer,
Columbia U; Patrick Friel, NY; Veronique Toynon, NY; Gale C. Georgalas, New York
Metropolitan Opera; George Tiamsa,NY; Meredeth Turshen, WIB Union Square, NY;
Steve Botticelli, NY; Rick Whitaker, Columbia U; Patricia Ann Abraham, NY; The Rev.
Max B. Surjadinate, NY; Mirene Ghossein, NY; Miriam M. Reik, NY; Ann Goerdt, NY;
James Burgess, NY; Elizabeth Sperber, NY; Kathleen Chalfant, NY; Elena Nasereddin,
EdD, teacher, NY; Katie Jergens, actress, NY; Katie Unger, Jews against the Occupation
(JATO) Brooklyn; Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York, Brooklyn; James
W. Tate, Brooklyn; Marcia Bernstein, Brooklyn; Nadia Saah, Brooklyn; Christine
Vassallo, musician, Brooklyn

New York State: Howard Horowitz, Board Chair, Westchester Peoples Action Coaltion
Foundation, member, Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle; Daniel Strum, son
of Holocaust survivor, Nyack; Yoram Gelman, ISM-NYC, Tarrytown; Joshua Frank,
BrickBurner.org, Richard Cross, Tarrytown; Elaine Hencke, WIB, Woodstock; Tarak
Kauff, Woodstock; Albany; Nancy Ann Siracusa, Cornell University, Ithaca; Andrew
Courtney, Westchester County; Thomas Suarez, Hartsdale; Shireen Tawil, Astoria; Lucia
Sommer, U of Rochester; Ellie Bernstein, Ophelia’s Media Productions, Highmount;
Eleanor Ommani, Westchester; Silvia Tennenbaum, East Hampton; Hyder Syed, Buffalo;
John Buckley, Director, Maharishi Enlightenment Center of Buffalo;
Daniel McGowan, Geneva; Jacob A. Abu-Zeid, Suffern; Bill Wachob, Assistant Dean,
Buffalo; Chris Weinert, Buffalo War Resisters; Sigrid Meinel, East End WIB, Long
Island; Ken Wibecan, journalist, Peru

Alabama: Mary Witherspoon, Huntsville

Arizona: Marjorie Ford, Tuscon; Ramsey Madany, Phoenix; Betts Putnam-Hidalgo,
WIB and Middle East Justice Now; Tuscon

Arkansas: David Willcox, Harrison; Krista Lewis, PhD, Professor, Anthropology, Little Rock

Colorado: Jeffrey Garrison, Colorado Springs; Ronald Forthofer, PhD, Longmont; Julia
Aweida, Louisville; David Williams, Golden; Vicki Armstrong, Littleton; Pam Shannon,
Wheatridge; Elissa Tivona, Fort Collins; Scott A. Sloan, Margaret Mumby, Denver;
Adrienne Harber, Boulder; Alaaudin Baaj, Colorado Springs

Connecticut: Samuel Goldberg, West Hartford; Liz Aaronsohn, New Britain; Peter
Viering, attorney, Stonington; Liz Viering, Stonington; Bill Capowski, Cheshire; Gilda Outremont, WIB, Bethany

Delaware: James Willis, Newark

Florida: Rachel Roberts. Miami; Ghassan M. Rubeiz, Palm Beach Gardens; Pamela
Elsaadi, Tampa; Tim Shipe, educator, Melbourne; RS Thompson, Satellite Beach; Gerald
Heidel, Films for Justice in Palestine, St. Petersburg; Shimon Gottschalk, Tallahassee;
Roshi Hebert, Largo; William Van Natta, Reality News Network, Riviera Beach; Jim
Rucquoi, Sanford; Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, PhD, Asst. Prof. of Islamic Studies;
Richard Curtiss, educator, Boynton Beach, Marcella Respini, St. Petersburg

Georgia: Lujean Rogers, past president, human rights organization, Atlanta; Lara Aryani, Atlanta; Rita Fairchild, Atlanta; Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, WIB, Athens; Marianne Skeen, Decatur; Ann Darby, WIB, Athens

Hawaii: George M Hudes, violinist, member of Congregation Sof Ma’arav, Honolulu;
Reverend Barbara Grace Ripple, United Methodist Minister, Honolulu; Robert Stiver,
Pearl City; Pat Blair, Hawaii; Helen Higa, Honolulu; Margaret Brown, Honolulu

Illinois: Paul Findley, former member of Congress 1961-83, Jacksonville; Norman
Finkelstein, author, DePaul U, Chicago; Jippy Diab, Glen Ellyn; Gary Kleppe, Villa
Park; Michael Levin, musician, Chicago; Delbert Leppke, Working Group on the Middle
East, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Policies, Evanston; Rebekah Levin, Oak
Park; Sandy Koreic, Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park; Carol
Herzenberg, Suleiman abu Sabha, Tom Koutsoukos, Stephen J. Lendman, Thomas Joyce,
Howard Cort, Louis Hirsch, Richard Admiak, PhD, Chicago; Nancy Ali, Lombard

Indiana: Rima Merriman, Bloomington; Harriet Wilson Ellis, Chicago

Iowa: Ramfrid Thelle, Decorah; Rev. Mary Green

Kansas: Deborah A. Gordon, PhD, Wichita; Laura Tillem, Wichita

Kentucky: Robert J. Beebe, Lexington; Linda Beasley Baali, retired and Fuad Baali,
Professor Emeritus, Western Kentucky U, Bowling Green

Maine: Genevieve Cora Fraser, Orange; Maurine Tobin, Sunset; Laurie McPherson,

Maryland: Ambassador Edward L Peck, Chevy Chase; Beth Willis and Andrea Norouzi,
WIB, Frederick; Maha Daniel, Potomac; Doris Rausch, Elligott; Fatimah Jackson, PhD,
professor, U Maryland; Joanne Heisel, Columbia; Charles Harne, Issue

Massachusetts: Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT, Cambridge;
Michael Maria, Boston; Nayla Rathie, Belmont; Lorrie Hall, Duxbury; Janice Hayden,
Concord; Despina Moutsouris, Brookline; Hilda Silverman, WIB Boston, JVP, Boston;
Mahjoub Elghorfi, Shutesbury, Stephen Sarvis, Cristopher Scott Marilyn Gabor,
Kimberly Katz, PhD, Baltimore; Alan Blitz, Newton; Steve Lendman, Boston; Jean M.
Entine, JVP, Cambridge

Michigan: Mary Heffron, WIB, Traverse City; Wadad Abed, Karem A. Sakallah, Itzik
Henig, Carolyn Diem, Sonja Page, Jean Converse, Tahani and Lutfi Othman, and
Taroob Boulos, Ann Arbor; Ann Remley, Interdenominational Advocates for Peace, Ann
Arbor; Niman Shukairy, DDS, Flint; Rabia Shafle, Samir A. Alhasan, PhD, Senior
Scientist, Dearborn; May Seikaly, ME Studies Professor, Detroit; Sally Shaheen Joseph,
attorney, Flint; Amal Randolph, West Bloomfield; Hani Bawardi, U of Michigan,
Dearborn; Charles Feighner, Detroit; Yousef Siddiqui, Bloomfield

Minnesota: Natalie Hoover, Minneapolis; Erika Zurawski, MN Anti-War Committee,
Minneapolis; John V. Bergen, PhD, Owtonna; Hala V. Furst, Palestinian-American
theatre artist, St. Paul; Jim DeWall, St. Louis Park; Arloa Ellertson, Pequot Lakes

Missouri: Hedy Epstein, WIB, St. Louis; Karen Johnson, St. Louis; Dave Talley,
minister, Carthage; Mohammad Babar, Farmington

Nebraska: Gregg D. Pyka, Bellevue

New Jersey: Amy Omeara, Jersey City; Ferdinand Gajewski, PhD, Westfield; Sam
Habiby, Homdel; Rich Siegel, Teaneck

Nevada: Nadim K. Alawar, Henderson; Cheryl Hame, Las Vegas; Jacques Yammine

New Mexico: Miriam Adams, Sopenan de Vigil and Richard M. Berthold, Professor
Classical History Emertitus, Albuquerque; Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, Outreach
Coordinator for the Middle East Peace and Justice Alliance
North Carolina: Dave Reed, Greensboro; Jon Paul McClelllan, Chapel Hill; Martha
Harris, Garner

Ohio: Marianne Huston, Worthington, Ohio; Amani Ramahi, Cleveland; Karen Lewis,
Galloway; Anisa Abd el Fattah, Nat. Association of Muslim-American Women,
Cleveland; Samuel Mattar, Danya Karram, Cincinnati; Patricia Lynn Morrison,
journalist, Miamisburg; Reverend G. David Daley, West Park Christian Reformed
Church, Cleveland; Z Alani, Dublin; Mahmoud El-Yousseph, Arab-American veteran,
Westerville; Iveta Jusova, PhD, Antioch College, Yellow Springs; Fr. Benjamin J.
Umston, S.J., Xavier U, Cincinnati; Lauren Hind, student, Antioch College, Yellow
Springs; Len Guini, National Socialist Movement, Covington

Oregon: Gloria Garvin, PhD, TV producer, Joseph; Jeanne Clark, Salem; Clyde Alan
Farris, MD, Tualatin; Sue Willbanks, Beaverton; Ken Hark, Florence; Bill Mansour,
Corvalis; The Rev. Deacon Maria McGarry-Lawrence, Convener, Episcopal Peace
Fellowhip, Oregon; Karen Saal Boyer, teacher, Portland; Maridale and William Moore,
Ashland; Jeanne Raymond, Corvalis; D. Samel-Garloff, Ashland

Pennsylvania: Brian Johnston, School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburg; Neil
Himber, Youngsville; Lina, Soad, Summer, Sayel and Samira Ali, Network of Arab
American Professionals (NAAP), Philadelphia; Sally and Samar Alameri, Maria and
George Vazquez, Irvin Hartman, Jill Velez, Fernando Perdigao, NAAP, Philadelphia;
Karim A. Aref, Downington; Professor Luciana Bohne, Edinboro U, Edinboro; Yehia Y.
Mishriki, MD, Emmaus; Shafik Saikaly, Glenshaw; Sayed Omran, Ardmore; Pearl W.
Hoffman, Gettysburg; Sandra R. Mackie, pastor and lover of music, Gettysburg
Rhode Island: Richard W. Robbins, Providence; Warren G Hohwald, Erie
South Carolina: Jean Marterre, Charleston; Emily Schornstein, Clover; Frank F. Espey,
MD, Greenville

Tennessee: Noelle Janka, Dores for Palestine, Vanderbilt U, Nashville; Lars and Wafa
Lindeberg, Nashville

Texas: Guy Story Brown, Professor, philosophy and literature, Lubbock Christian U.,
Lubbock; Robert Jensen, writer, professor of journalism, U. of Texas, Austin; Jo Wallace,
Dallas; Melinda Mason, Arbonne International, Lubbock; Tarif Abboushi, Houston;
Bernardo G. Aleksander, MD, El Paso; Beth Ellen McKinney, Associate Faculty,
Murphy; Karen H. Pennington, human rights/immigration lawyer, Dallas; Mohammed
Alatar, Palestinians for Peace and Democracy, San Antonio; William Kelly, Austin;
Ricardo M. Abuabara, financial consultant, Houston; Patricia Krommer, CSJ, Pax Christi

Vermont: James Marc Leas, attorney, Burlington; Mark Hage, Vermonters for a Just
Peace in Palestine/Israel, Montpelier; Francis J. Manasek, Norwich

Virgina: Nidal Ibraham, writer, Alexandria; Morton Nadler, Blacksburg; Frances
Wright, Arlington; Shelley Ploe, Burke; E. Virginia Lapham, PhD, Vienna; Muna Audi
Zahr, Arlington; Manai Tellawi, Alexandria; Muhammad Hallaj, PhD, Fairfax; Dan
Meyer, Alexandria; Rev. Susan P. Wilder, Springfield; Keren Batiyov, Arlington; Doris
Safie, Charlottesville

Washington: Ramzy Baroud, writer, journalist, Seattle; Craig and Cindy Corrie,
Olympia; Erica Ben, Fakhereddine Berrada, Jen Marlowe and Judith Kolokoff, Seattle;
Diane Adkin, Camas; Mike Whitney, political journalist, Snohomish; Dr. Carl F. Selnes,
Master Sergeant Retired, Walla Walla; Robert W. Maule, Poulsbo; Mike Ellison, West
Hills Friends Meeting, Vancouver; Joseph Gallegos Pullman, WA; Kim Wool, JVP,
Seattle; Donman Ashanti, Concrete

Washington DC: John D. Van Wagoner, VP, Cathedral Choral Society, Washington
National Cathedral; Delinda Hanley, News Editor, Washington Report on Middle East
Affairs Magazine; Huwaida Arraf, co-founder, International Solidarity Movement; Brian
Wood, Jennifer Dixon, Cathleen Higley, Alison Weir, Dr. Fouzi El-Asmar, Michael
Beard, Munjed Murad, Melinda Beard, Hannah Sinoway and Lily Pilgrim, DC; Sushetha
Gopallawa, Senior Program Officer, Center for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy
Memorial, DC
West Virginia: Meg Squier, conflict resolution and peace, Hinton
Wisconsin: Jill Breslau, JD, MA, Madison; Dave Benck, Madison, Donald and Jane
Ryan, Janesville

Canada: Smardar Carmen, Jewish Women against the Occupation, Toronto; Peter
Egland, professor of sociology, Kitchener; Janice Williamson, professor of English,
Unversity of Alberta, WIB, Edmonton; Siraj Ali, Cycom Canada, Scarborough, Ontario;
Fazal rur Rahman, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; Mohammad Atuallah, United Front
Canada, Toronto; Judith Deutsch, Toronto; Dr. Miriam Garfinkle, Toronto; Dorothy
Field, Victoria, BC; Roswitha Shaw, Ontario; Jean E. Lee, United Church of Canada,
Toronto; Kai Seay, Canada; Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta and Yoko Oikawa, WIB,
Vancouver, BC; Elisabeth Chomko, Ontario; Stephen Aberle, WIB, Vancouver;
Elizabeth Block, Jewish Women’s Committee to End the Occupation, Toronto; Alawi
Mohideen, Toronto

Europe: Lynne Jones, House of Commons, London, UK; Gretta Duisenberg, Chair, Stop
the Occupation, The Netherlands; Tanya Reinhart, Israeli Professor, The Netherlands;
Aharon Shabtai, Israeli poet, The Netherlands; Riyad Abboushi, Member of the Labour
Party, Executive member, Arab Labour Group and Arab Jewish Forum, Purley On
Thames, UK; Baroness Jenny Tonge, House of Lords, UK; Dr. Keith A. Tonge,
Richmond, UK; Abe and Rosamine Hayeem, Architects & Planners for Justice in
Palestine, UK;

Paola Canarutto, Network of Jews Against the Occupation, Italy; Claire Mialhe, French
Jewish Union for Peace, Dieupentale, France; Larry Zweig, Solidariaet International,
Nuremberg, Fuerth, Germany; Diana Neslen, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, UK; Les
Levidow, Jews Against Zionism, London, UK; Grazia Borrini Feyerbend, CEESP/World
Conservation Union, Switzerland; Ana Fernandez, Nonviolent Peaceforce Org,
Barcelona; Dror Feller, Chairman, European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP), Stockholm;
Lillian Cordova Kaczerginski, European Jews for a Just Peace, France; Elhaimer Marie,
Paris

Paula Abrams-Hourani, WIB, Tina Salhi WIB, and Waltraud Schauer, WIB, Austria;
Rachel Shoukran, WIB, Marseille; Lieve Snellings, WIB, Belgium; Josiane Olff-Nathan,
U Louis Pasteur, WIB, and Nahed Pust, WIB Strasbourg, France; Vivian Cohen, WIB,
Paris; Gerd Gottlieb, WIB, Denmark; Zahia Chabane, WIB, Paris; Camilla Cancantata,
WIB, musician and composer, London, UK

Ellen Rohlfs Leer, Gush Shalom, Germany; Boryana Aleksandrova, Germany; Daslav
Brkic, music lover, Milan, Italy; Anthony Joseph Geha Yuja, Florence, Italy; Enrique
Ferro, Brussels, Belgium; Juan A. Alvarez, consultant and music lover, Madrid, Spain;

Yoshua Auriga, Antwerp, Belgium; Mulham Assir, writer, Spain; Carol Morton, Hadeel,
Palestinian Fair Trade shop, Edinburgh, Scottland; Guenter Schenk, Member, The
Collective of Jewish/Arab Groups, Strasbourg, France; Patricia Alessandrini, composer,
Paris, France. Pierre Stambul, President, French Jewish Union for Peace

Alison Pickford, Malvern, UK; Katherine Morris, Mansfield College, Oxford University,
UK; Alfred Giannantonio, Parma, Italy; Basel and Tamer Almisshal, Network of Arab
American Professionals, London, UK; Hassan Shirazi and Rym Krouri, London, UK;
Jenny Miller, filmmaker, London, UK; Elizabeth Anderson, Oxfordshire, UK; H.
Moontasir, London, UK; John Barugh, active research, East Boldon, UK; Diala Husseini
and Paul Kelly, London, UK; Andy de la Tour, writer, London, UK; Susan Wooldridge,
actor, London, UK; Nicholas Postlethwaite, Liverpool, UK; Kathy Panama,Fathieh Saudi
and Wissam Boustany, London, UK; Steve Fox, architect, UK; Martin White, oboist and
lawyer, London, UK; Christopher Leadbeater, Ashford Kent, UK; Diana Safieh, London,
UK; Susan Harley, Neil Tappenden, Zoe Porteous, Brighton, W. Sussex

Middle East and Far East: Ahmed Amr, Editor, NileMedia.com, Alexandria, Egypt;
Firas Alatraqchi, NAAP Cairo, Egypt; Jane El Horr, Lebanon; Saleh Elkmeshi, Tripoli,
Libya; Nabil B. Darwazeh, Amman, Jordan; Dr. Abdullah Arar, Amman, Jordan; Burhan
Omran, Saudi Arabia; Karim Bawab, Jordan

Wendy Sharpe, St. Ives, NSW, Australia; Costandi Bastoli, Sydney, Australia; Anna
Saxon-Taylor, WIB, Canberra, Australia: Debbie Mennon, peace activist, Melbourne,
Australia; Ramon S. Bagatsing III, actor, Manila, Philippines; Mamie Putt, John Putt.
Gordon Putt, New Zealand; Earlaiman Abdullah Gale, war veteran and peacnik, Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia; Dr. Roshan de Silva Swjeyeratne, Australia; Chris Cheung, WIB,
Nagano, Japan; Jennifer Matsui, writer, Tokyo, Japan


Harvard undergrad sacked for pulling a Dersh

Editor’s note: See What if a Harvard student did this? for Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz’s failure to acknowledge his reliance on second sources.



By ANTON S. TROIANOVSKI, Crimson Staff Writer

The Crimson last night retracted an Oct. 16 column published on its editorial page after determining that the writer had failed to attribute the source of several quotations in her piece, which appear to have been lifted from a blog and an online magazine.

In an editors’ note posted on its website last night, The Crimson also said it was discontinuing the biweekly series “On Our Language,” by Victoria B. Ilyinsky ’07. Her Oct. 16 piece on the usage of the word “literally” contained quotations from Louisa May Alcott and F. Scott Fitzgerald that were cited in a Nov. 1, 2005, Slate.com article entitled, “The Word We Love to Hate.

In addition, Ilyinsky’s Oct. 16 column, “This Word Is Killing Me, Literally,” used a quotation from a televised football game that also appeared in a blog linked from the Slate article. The editors’ note said that Ilyinsky’s piece “implies that the author heard the commentary herself. In fact, she learned of the account by reading about it on the web log, ‘Literally, A Web Log.’

It was the first time since 2001 that The Crimson has formally retracted an opinion column, according to its archives. And Crimson President William C. Marra ’07 said that the newspaper would review Ilyinsky’s past columns.

Julia Turner, Slate’s senior online editor, wrote in an e-mail that the magazine was not planning to take any action in response to Ilyinsky’s column.

The Slate piece was authored by Jesse Sheidlower, the North American editor-at-large for the Oxford English Dictionary. In an e-mail last night, Sheidlower said he had learned about the matter on the blog IvyGate, which first covered the story on Oct. 24—a day after The Crimson first published a two-sentence note on its editorial page alerting readers to some of the similarities.

The thrust of Ilyinsky’s piece, which called for more moderate use of “literally,” was different from the point of the Slate article, which deconstructed criticism of the word’s usage. But what appeared to be a repeated failure to cite sources led Marra and the editorial chairs to retract the column.

It was deleted from The Crimson’s website early this morning.

The Crimson was first alerted to the similarities between the Alcott and Fitzgerald quotations in an Oct. 16 e-mail from a longtime reader, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by this reporter. The similarities between Ilyinsky’s column and the blog were first identified by a Crimson news reporter this past Tuesday.

The Ilyinsky case has been handled by Marra and the editorial board, and the news staff was not included in the decision-making process.

The president and editorial board members did not see this article before publication.

Ilyinsky, who declined to comment for this article, has written eight opinion pieces for The Crimson since last October.

A press critic and an English professor said that Ilyinsky’s apparent transgressions fell short of plagiarism.

“There’s nothing wrong with picking up good examples someone else has used,” Professor of English Gordon Teskey wrote in an e-mail. “Should the writer painstakingly seek out different examples? Would these examples be better? As a writer, I would not want to be credited by someone just for my examples. I’d rather they just took the examples.”

Craig Silverman, a freelance writer and press critic who runs the popular site RegretTheError.com, said in a phone interview last night that Ilyinsky’s failures of attribution were serious, but did not constitute plagiarism.

“It’s very clear that this Slate article had a huge effect on her writing of this piece,” Silverman said, after being e-mailed the similarities between Ilyinsky’s column, the Slate article, and the blog.

“Whether it was what inspired her to write it is tough to know or not—in a technical sense it’s not actual plagiarism, but there is certainly an element of misrepresentation and perhaps a theft of idea or concept,” Silverman said.

The “Writing With Sources” guide published by Harvard’s Expository Writing Program states in its section on plagiarism that “your citation must accurately reflect your process.” The guide instructs students to cite the document where they found information or quotations—even if that document in turn cites a separate source. To students who disobey this rule, the guide warns, “you are misleading your reader and possibly embarrassing yourself.

Crimson Editorial Chairs Michael B. Broukhim ’07 and Matthew S. Meisel ’07 initially published a brief editors’ note on Monday, which said that Ilyinsky’s column should have cited Slate as a source for its quotations from “The Great Gatsby” and “Little Women.” But during the week, more questions about the column surfaced—in particular, allegations that Ilyinsky had not actually watched the football game from which she quoted—leading to the second editors’ note yesterday and the retraction.

Word of the similarities between Ilyinsky’s article and the Slate piece was quickly picked up by Harvard-watching bloggers, who immediately recalled Kaavya Viswanathan ’08. The author’s debut novel was pulled from bookshelves last year after The Crimson found similarities between Viswanathan’s novel and several other books.

“After pummeling Kaavya Viswanathan last year for plagiarism, the Crimson doesn’t want to be seen protecting someone even remotely tainted by the p-word, even if it’s a small infraction,” the anonymously written IvyGate said early this morning.

Ivy Gate cached Ilyinsky’s column after the Boston Globe reported last night that The Crimson would delete the column from its website.

The charges against Viswanathan­—that she lifted lines from other authors and passed them off as her own—differ from the allegations against Ilyinsky, who marked the passages as quotations but appears not to have credited the sources where she found them.

Her Oct. 16 column, Ilyinsky wrote that the quote “the land literally flowed with milk and honey,” which she cites twice, “comes straight from Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel ‘Little Women.’”

“And,” she went on, “who doesn’t remember Fitzgerald’s description of Jay Gatsby: ‘He literally glowed?’ But neither was the town of Plumfield overrun with food-stuffs nor our favorite social climber actually luminescent.”

The Slate article said: “The ground was not especially sticky in Little Women when Louisa May Alcott wrote that ‘the land literally flowed with milk and honey,’ nor was Tom Sawyer turning somersaults on piles of money when Twain described him as ‘literally rolling in wealth,’ nor was Jay Gatsby shining when Fitzgerald wrote that ‘he literally glowed’ [...].”

Ilyinsky’s column also described an announcer’s use of the word “literally” during a televised football game—a quotation that also made it into a blog, linked from the Slate article, that tracks the use and misuse of the word.

A Sept. 18 entry on the blog, literally.barelyfitz.com, said: “I was watching the NFL network yesterday (9/17) and the announcer (unfortunately, I don’t know his name), in talking about the Giants comeback victory over the Eagles, mentioned that the Giants had ‘literally put a bullet in the heads of the Eagles’. Well, no wonder they won!”

Ilyinsky wrote: “And when an NFL sportscaster said last month, talking about the Giants’ comeback victory over the Eagles, that the winners ‘had literally put a bullet’ in coach Andy Reid’s head, I had a feeling that there wasn’t much shooting going on. He did, however, manage to catch my attention. Considering I thought the Eagles were merely a 1970s rock band, it’s clear that the sportscaster’s sensationalism actually worked.”

In a fourth similarity pointed out by the editors’ note, Ilyinsky’s piece and the Slate article both contain a paragraph of “Janus words”—words that can have opposite usages.

“Both articles discuss Janus words, and provide three different examples of them. While the examples are different in each column, their presentation is very similar,” the note said.

Silverman of RegretTheError.com said that failures of attribution, such as citing quotations but not referencing where they were found, were relatively common in the mainstream media.

“I would say that unfortunately in journalism it’s quite frequent that people will cite something and not give the proper attribution,” he said. “It happens a lot these days when mainstream media takes something from a blog.”

—Staff writer Anton S. Troianovski can be reached at atroian@fas.harvard.edu.


Veterans of Beerhall Putsch to Gather in Beverly Hills

Jurisprudence Award Recipient, E. Randol Schoenberg

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills

Cocktails 6:00 P.M.

Dinner 7:00 P.M.

For further details to this event, please download the invitation and RSVP at http://www.bslaw.net/ADL or contact:
Maggie A. Howard
Associate Director of Development
Pacfici Southwest Region
Anta-Defamation League
10495 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Ph: (310) 446-8000 ext. 264
Mhoward[at]adl.org
www.adl.org