A Proper Introduction
I am appalled by the false and unconscionably hate-filled accusations made by Aimee Smith against Benny Elon. To suggest that asking for her full name indicated a plot by Mr. Elon to send terrorists after her is ridiculous and completely unfounded by any behaviors of the Knesset member. Such statements only serve to incite hatred and make reasonable and productive discourse more difficult. I applaud Mr. Elon for his patience in answering Ms. Smith’s subsequent questions after receiving such a brazen insult.
As far as I am aware, it is always appropriate to introduce oneself with one’s full name, whether when meeting a professor or peer, and most certainly when one is addressing a dignitary such as Mr. Elon. Perhaps such respect and propriety are lost on Ms. Smith, who, through her actions, has proven full of blinding prejudice.
Dina Feith ’03