Response from the Nation Magazine

 

LETTER FROM THE NATION EDITOR REGARDING THEIR DECISION TO PUBLISH THE FLAME AD

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Smoking Out FLAME

The inside back cover ad by a group called FLAME, which appeared in our January 9/16 issue, sparked a flurry of "How could you!" (or worse) e-mails from our readers. The ad, which purports to expose propaganda circulated by Palestinians (the most blatant of which, according to the ad, is that these nonexistent Palestinians have a legitimate claim to the land that eternally belongs to Israel), is, we believe, historically inaccurate and arguably mendacious. From our point of view, it purveys one of the most destructive myths of Israel‘s right wing, namely, that Palestinians have no legitimate national rights. This myth has long been a drag on efforts for a peaceful solution