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Chronicle coverage of Eradicate Hate Summit incomplete
It’s astonishing that the Chronicle’s article about the Eradicate Hate Global Summit included Bend the Arc’ s criticisms of the inclusion of George Bush and Tom Ridge, but nothing about the far more insidious inclusion of Salam al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), who was scheduled to appear on three different panels, including one on deradicalization (“Oct. 27 attack plays prominent role at Eradicate Hate summit,” Oct. 22). Among other anti-Israel comments, Al-Marayati has defended Hamas and Hezbollah and has suggested that Israel was behind the 9/11 attacks. Surely our community deserves this information, as well as that of the topics covered at the conference.

It was also surprising to see the Chronicle’s photo of Fareed Zakaria addressing the conference (“Community,” Oct. 29). Though less an egregious presence than al-Marayati, Zakaria, among other questionable behaviors, is an opponent of the Abraham Accords, described Mahmoud Abbas as “indeed a moderate” and, consistent with that characterization, blamed Israel and the United States for Abbas’ years-long failure to hold elections — a charge he ultimately was forced to withdraw.

It seems that the organizers of the summit were capitalizing on the Tree of Life tragedy to further agendas little related to the antisemitism that precipitated those murders.

Ann Sheckter Powell
Pittsburgh

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