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Re: question

DEar Thomas,
My argument is not with Keith Whitelam whom I don't know and whom I can't 
judge, but with the term     Palestinian to refer to the pre-Israelite 
residents of the Land of Israel.  It is unscholarly, and in the current 
political environment it resonates loudly as anti-ZIonist= anti Semitic 
and should be withdrawn from scholarly parlance.  If there is indeed no 
such intention then I apologize to the framer of the term, but do not at 
all step back from my request that this term be deleted from all future 
study of ancient Israel.
AVigdor Hurowitz
Ben Gurion University

On Mon, 15 Apr 1996, Thomas L. Thompson wrote:

> To slander a scholar such as Keith Whitelam, who has made some very 
> significant contributions to both the history of the South Levant and 
> to the history of Israel over the last two decades as both 
> unscholarly and anti-semitic I think requires more than purported 
> "clout." It requires evidence. I think both Avigdor and Yirmiyahu owe 
> Keith an apology for such a vicious ad hominem attack. If this 
> discussion has anything to do with Orion or scholarship, perhaps this 
> it might have value if this attempt at defamation of character become 
> an actual argument against what Professor Whitelam has actually 
> written in his book. 
> Thomas
>   > "Palestinians" 
> as a pre- israelite ethnic designation is an invention of 
> > the person who wrote of "inventing ancient Israel" and should be 
> > dismissed out of hand from scholarly jargon.  It is unscholarly and 
> > probaly anti-ZIonist and anti-semitic in the classical sense of the term.
> > Avigdor Hurowitz
> > I didn't have the clout to say this myself, but I can sure second it!!!
> > Kol ha-kavod.
> > Yirmiyahu Ben-David, Pakiyd 16
> > 
> > 
> >