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A response to Bernie Bellan’s depiction of his interview with Jeff Halper

 I read your entire Short Takes (Feb. 18 issue) and am troubled by lots of it, and not from an ideological point of view but from a media criticism point of view and from a view that you are either more to the hard right in your views than you realize, or that you have simply accepted right-wing terms of discussion, or feel the need to rely on them to counter leftist views you disagree with, rather than to flesh out a more nuanced discourse so many of us are craving....

My interview with staunch anti-Israel advocate Jeff Halper was a frustrating experience

It’s always easy for someone in a position such as editor of a newspaper to pontificate about freedom of speech. We saw many examples of all sorts of media players joining in chorus lamenting the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalism to free speech following the Charlie Hebdo massacre last month.