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Monday, January 27, 2003
The John Stevenson Award For Pompous Paternalism

The first recipient of the award, for his awarding of both the Noam Chomsky and Shimon Peres Awards to an unnamed D contributor, is Mr. John Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson offers prizes for both anti-Zionism and ignorance to the author of said piece, and yet offers no reason why the piece is either. Mr. Stevenson is faster to label dissent vis-a-vis Israel as anti-Zionist than any Jew I know, and for this, perhaps he deserves another award. If anyone thinks of a name, let me know. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that Israeli Arabs are not afforded all the freedom of Israeli Jews, Israel is reluctant in allowing free reign to both UN workers and reporters, is ruled by a "military elite," etc. This is not to say there are no "good reasons" for some of these things (they would be disputable on their merits), but the cocksureness with which John tends to dismiss dissenting opinions and not take up the arguments offered in the award-winning D letter on their merits makes John the obvious first recipient of the John Stevenson Award.