Dear Editor, Founder’s Day at the San Diego Zoo is the first day of each October, with free admission for everybody on that day and for children under 12 during that one month alone. Additionally, military personnel from any country receive free admission all year long.
On March 8, 2012 the Institute For International, Comparative and Area Studies hosted Stephen Sheehi’s (University of South Carolina) lecture titled, “Islamophobia: A Mainstream Ideological Foundation.” Approximately 50 students, five professors and a few community members attended. Apparently students could get credit for attending. Sheehi spent an hour promoting his theory that Americans practice a form of bigotry called “Islamophobia.” Sheehi accused Democrats, Republicans, white people in general, evangelicals specifically, “tea baggers”(his words) and neo-cons among many others as the legions that practice this prejudice.
In last week’s Thursday issue, a letter to the editor referring to J Street U at UCSD misrepresented both what our organization stands for and the actions we have taken in pursuit of an end to the occupation and a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.