In a letter to the editor (“Lannan misfires,” Feb. 2), Karen Milstein condemns the Lannan Foundation for sponsoring a lecture by Ilan Pappé, whom she viciously attacks, saying he “fabricates evidence” and “misrepresents the historical record” with regard to Israeli history.
Pappé has faced severe the criticism before: He has been condemned by the Knesset, which understandably wants to avoid the true story of Israeli displacement of Palestinians, and which may well be the motive of Dr. Milstein’s opposition to him.
Lannan has not misfired. We are deeply thankful to Lannan for the broad range of speakers it brings to the Lensic, who have brought us new and deeper understanding of many issues of our day, in the arts and literature, and in politics. Richard C. Rowe