6th July 1988
Thank you for your response to my request to remove the poster from
your door. This was received while I was on holiday.
Your point of view is legitimate.
However this place is a home. There are places to argue your cause in
the University and Polytechnic environment, without causing offense.
While I take your point that many could feel that the Israeli Government's
attitude towards Palestinians is divisive and racist, our Association still
must maintain that if individual Jews wish to live in this Residence they
should be allowed to do so. They should be able to feel comfortable that
they are not under threat by a public display of an attack on their country.
Obviously if they were themselves holding racist views against Palestinians
or others they would not be welcome here as individuals.
Please imagine how you would feel if you saw a public poster showing
an Israeli soldier beating Palestinian children with the words "take action
now against all Palestinians" on it.
We have had white South Africans live here who have not been racist
or anti-black and we have had black and Chinese people here who have shown
clear racist attitudes against each other.
Let me repeat this is a home for individuals to live and meet with each
other, away from the unfortunate labels and pressures which Governments
put upon us.