A wel­come for Cor­nel West

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Ac­tivists op­pose UCLA speaker,” April 26

I am a sup­porter of Is­rael — of its sur­vival and so­cial devel­op­ment. A dear mem­ber of my fam­ily gave gen­er­ously to Tech­nion (Is­rael’s MIT) for just those rea­sons.

It is my sin­cere hope that some of my fel­low Jews protest­ing Prince­ton scholar Cor­nel West’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in an up­com­ing UCLA event cel­e­brat­ing the life of Rabbi Abra­ham Joshua Heschel would re­al­ize it’s a priv­i­lege to lis­ten to West — with whom they dis­agree —and not a be­trayal of prin­ci­ple.

West is wrong from time to time. He is also a bril­liant scholar and a gifted teacher. An ed­u­cated Jew care­fully con­sid­ers thorny ques­tions from many an­gles, re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion of knee-jerk crit­i­cism.

UCLA has done right by stick­ing with its in­vi­ta­tion to West to ad­dress this gath­er­ing.

Steven Dorn­busch

Los An­ge­les

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