Tuesday, April 8, 2014


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From: barry levine 
Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM
Subject: re: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/world/middleeast/prisoner-in-israel-is-linked-to-talks.html
To: "letters@nytimes.com"

To the Editor:
   If the American Revolution had failed, any of our Founding Fathers who wasn't hanged would have been imprisoned as what we now call a "terrorist". More recently, Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin had later careers as statesmen, but earlier careers in political violence. Even Nelson Mandela, before he was a secular saint and a president was imprisoned as a violent criminal. 
   If Marwan Barghouti is the man who can legitimately speak for the Palestinian People, he is the many the Israelis must deal with. And if he has to run his campaign from prison, Eugene Debs has shown us that that needn't stop him.
Barry Haskell Levine


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