professor at Columbia

Mapping A Controversy

01/31/2003
Staff Writer
The poster advertising the first Palestinian film festival at Columbia University seemed innocuous: a map of Israel with four white doves perched on tree branches and the numbers 1-9-4-8 running the length of the map. But in the Middle East, and on college campuses these days, little is simple or innocuous, least of all a map. On closer inspection, the map promoting last week's festival, called "Dreams of a Nation," was in the colors of the Palestinian flag: red, black and green. And there was no West Bank: all of Israel was symbolically Palestinian.
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