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This Israel public relations jig is up

COLORADO COLLEGE- The news from the ISRAEL TODAY lecture is all good. If you'd been there, you might wonder how my takeaway from such a bilious gathering could be upbeat. I'll tell you. The Palestinian voice was well represented, Israel's presentation was Old Testament, and the writing on the wall grows ever more clear. And I got a few nice pics. The Audience To begin, I would certainly have preferred everyone had acted with more decorum. That is, if there had been impressionable attendees there. As it was, the seats were only half occupied. Except for the young men with "JEW CREW" on their backs, or girls with Hebrew script across their pullovers, there were almost no CC students. The audience was one third voices for Palestine, and two thirds vitriolic Jew, amazingly indignant to disruption of their world view. No one was there to listen, except to cheer for what they already believed. But I'm certain it was an eye opener for all. My friends and I were sure to supplement the speaker's pauses with color to augment his heavily loaded statements. For example, when Gil Artzyeli described the objective and feat of Israel's 2006 incursion into Lebanon "to silence them," and did that not prove effective? Who could refrain from adding "you killed them." The 2/3 supporters grew more and more angry. But the speaker had an inopportune manner of posing rhetorical questions, which we couldn't resist answering. It almost got us kicked out. I spent the duration with security guards poised right behind me, ready to escort me out of the room. I learned it would be more prudent to avoid the back row at opportunities like this, because you can be pulled out of your chair, or distracted into involuntary conversation with security personnel more readily than if you were well ensconced among the other attendees. Those voicing support for Palestinians were made to wait until question and answer portion to voice their objections. Even then, the pro-Israel audience would cut them off. It became impossible to ask a complex question without interruptions of "What is your question? State your question!" They hounded everyone who wasn't setting the speaker up for a softy. It was a ruthless crowd with the civility of Tea Partiers. When the pro-Israel attendees took their turn posing questions, no one interrupted. When it was a detractor, their time suddenly became too valuable to entrust to us. Even a CC student from Gaza, who hasn't been permitted to visit his family in two years, was not given a hearing. I'm positive that as these rude people think on how the event transpired, they will not be able to help feeling ashamed. Our interactions were spirited and engaging, addressed to a speaker with the hubris to take us on. We interrupted the speaker, but never tried to drown him out. Our adversaries on the other hand tried to flat out shut their fellow audience members up. That crowd is immovable. I've no optimism for influencing their resolve. On the

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