I was deeply disturbed last week when I first heard that Brandeis University shut down an art exhibit consisting of illustrations by Palestinian youth. It hit home this morning as I watched a report on this on Democracy Now! where I learned that these images came from kids in Aida Refugee Camp in Beit Lahem, from the Al Rowwad Center that my friend runs.
What are you so afraid of Brandeis? American Jews? Zionists? That other Americans will find out the truth? That they will see the violence of Israel depicted by innocent children? That people will humanize Palestinians and empathize with them?
What is especially fascinating about this story is that an Israeli Jewish college student is the one who organized this censored exhibit in the first place. It’s now across the river at MIT for people in the Boston area who want to see these images.