Letters to the Editor
Why Cornel West was a bad choice for a UCLA event

To the editor: The article "Some Jewish activists don't want Cornel West at UCLA conference" misses the essence of the debate over Cornel West speaking at a UCLA conference honoring Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. The article says that Jewish activists "want West uninvited to the May 3-4 meeting because of what they describe as his offensive criticism of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians." No one in this debate asked that West be uninvited, nor was "criticism of Israel's policies" mentioned in this discussion or in my open letter to him. The objections focused strictly on the wisdom of inviting West to keynote Herschel's...