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Poster shredding opposes standards of free speech

I was very distressed to discover that over the course of this week, an entire series of posters (600 of them, to be precise) were ripped down. These posters were advertising a lecture by Israel Shahak, speaking on human rights violations in the occupied territories.

What is most distressing is the malicious nature in which these posters were shredded to pieces. I find it offensive and frankly frightening to see how vicious the offenders were in disrupting the rights of others. One would hope that in the superior intellectual atmosphere of an academic institution such as MIT's people would refrain from such immature acts and respect the existence of others.

I cannot think why the posters were so offensive to those who tore them down. It was merely announcing an event, a lecture on violations of human rights that would be of interest to the general MIT community. I am shocked and offended at what I have witnessed.

Rudayna Abdo '90->