News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinewar-on-terrorisraeldissentjewish-hatred — Viewing Item

Santa rosa college paper { May 2 2003 }

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)

Posted on Fri, May. 02, 2003

News in brief from California's North Coast
Associated Press

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - The offices of Santa Rosa Junior College's student newspaper were locked temporarily following death threats against the editor for a piece she published attacking Israel and Jews.

The piece in the biweekly Oak Leaf appeared six weeks ago.

Since then, 19-year-old editor Kristinae Toomians has been the target of demands calling for her firing and an increase in faculty control over the content of the biweekly newspaper.

Jewish faculty members have received abusive letters from white supremacist groups.

"The goal was to get a lively discussion going," Toomians said Thursday. "I'm sorry for any pain it caused. That wasn't the point of publishing it. It was for debate purposes."

The article, entitled "Is anti-Semitism ever the result of Jewish behavior?", was written by Mark McGuire, a student who's not a member of the newspaper staff.

The piece included inflammatory language, took a pro-Palestinian position and used arguments popular in white supremacist literature.

Outrage over the article has extended far beyond the campus and has colored the perception of the college, SRJC President Robert Agrella said.

"The article should never have been printed," he said. "If anything good has come out of this, it is that we are finally focusing in on the work of the Oak Leaf, and the staff and the role of the adviser."

Rich Mellott, the adjunct professor who advises the Oak Leaf staff, said he read the piece quickly and saw no reason not to run it.

"It was racially charged and there were a few inflammatory things, but it wasn't libelous and it didn't incite people to violence," Mellott said. "The First Amendment isn't there to protect agreeable stories."

Meanwhile, editor Toomians said the furor the article has been a learning experience.

"I was really nervous at first," she said of threatening letters and fliers left on her car windshield, "but I have a lot of support here, and I'm feeling more at ease."

Anti semitic acts up on campuses { March 26 2003 }
Anti semitism rising in europe
Attacks by arabs on jews in france { December 3 2003 }
Berlin jews { April 23 2002 }
Blaming jews { October 20 2002 }
China insult { July 30 2002 }
Churchill said jews partly responsible for treatment
Egyptian french
Elders of zion { October 26 2002 }
Eric rudolph anti semite
Europe warned on anti semitism { June 19 2003 }
Europeans believe jews control US policies { May 14 2007 }
France cannes { May 9 2002 }
France stabbed { April 7 2002 }
French 1
French 2
French jews leave { January 7 2003 }
French schoolbus
Frenchwoman who started antisemitic uproar lied { July 13 2004 }
Germany jews { May 28 2002 }
Harvard president { September 17 2002 }
Israeli youth fear low world view of jews
Jews france { May 7 2002 }
Martyr art [jpg]
Martyr art { November 14 2002 }
Nazi protest { August 25 2002 }
Record high british hatred of jews { January 2007 }
Rights group hatred highest level since wwii { May 13 2003 }
Russia posters { June 5 2002 }
Santa rosa college paper { May 2 2003 }
Skinhead russia { June 9 2002 }
Swastikas slur painted on synagogue

Files Listed: 32


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple