I heard that Hilda Silverman, a peace activist who has taught at Harvard,
was persona non grata at the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia. Editor Jonathan
Tobin says he has never heard of her.
Jan Hayden of Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine forwarded
your request to me.
I have no particular recollection of having been singled out by the
Jewish Exponent. What I remember from the 1980's (possibly going into
the early 90's) is that in general, Jews with progressive positions
on Israel/Palestine were effectively blacklisted from the paper. One
person I know who was directly affected by this was Rabbi Brian Walt,
at the time the Rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Shalom. He is now living
in Martha's Vineyard, MA, and heads up Rabbis for Human Rights, North
America. I believe that Arthur Waskow was also affected by this blacklist.
Arthur is the head of The Shalom Center in Philadelphia.
In mid-1987 I was one of a small group of US Jews who traveled to Tunis
to meet with Yassir Arafat and the rest of the leadership of the PLO.
As I recall, the Philadelphia Exponent even published an article about
the trip that wasn't particularly condemning of me for having done that.
And I definitely remember that at the end of 1986 The Exponent published
a quite favorable article about Sara Roy, a Jew who was knowledgeable
about and committed to Palestinians living under occupation, particularly
in Gaza, whom I had invited to Philadelphia to give a talk. So I think
the more serious problems probably occurred after that. But again, I
have no particular recollection that I, personally, was singled out.
I wasn't important enough in the Jewish community for that, and I was
living out of Philadelphia much of the time from mid-1987 through mid-1991,
at which time I moved away permanently.