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"STRENGHT IN DIVERSITY"

November 16, 1998

Professor Edward Butterfoss


Dean
Hamline University School of Law

Dear Dean Butterfoss:

We are writing to you today on behalf of the Multicultural Law Student Association (MCLSA) to ask
for your assistance. Our organization was approached by Douglas Anderson, a former 1L HUSL student, to
share his concerns regarding the non-enforcement of HUSL's anti-discriminatory policy against recruiters of
the Armed Forces. Specifically, Mr. Anderson was disappointed in that HUSL had not provided the
information he had requested regarding the economic impact that barring Armed Forces recruiters would have
on the University as a result of the Solomon Amendment. We at MCLSA are now joining Mr. Anderson in
requesting that information.
MCLSA is very concemed with the fact that the University chose to ignore its own anti-discrimination
policy by allowing an organization that blatantly discriminates against some of our students on the basis of
their sexual orientation. With this precedent, it is impossible for us to categorically state to our members that
organizations that discriminate on other basis (race, gender, or ethnic origin) will not be similarly allowed to
recruit on campus.
We are not unmindful of the important part that federal fmancial aid plays in keeping the University
solvent and in operation. In your letter of September 30th, you explained that the University risked losing 2
million dollars ifHamline did not cooperate with the requirements of the Solomon Amendment. Such a loss will
undoubtedly cause serious hardship to Hamline University. However, we believe that the University should at
least provide a copy of the economic impact analysis that yielded the $2 million figure, as well as information
of alternative sources of fund available in the case had Hamline chosen to enforce its anti-discrimination policy.
In essence, MCLSA believes that a retreat on this fundamental policy issue could only be warranted if
the University was in fact risking disproportionate and irremediable financial hardship as a consequence of
enforcing its own policy.
We hope to hear from you regarding this matter at your earliest convenience, and we look forward to
working with you in any way possible to make our HUSL the best public interest law school in Minnesota.

Francisco Gonzalez
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Edited by: Summer in Israel: Dilemmas


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participants in a different society. those of us familiar with the plight of
However, the programs offered by the Palestinian (Arab) people under
Hamline School of law fail to take Israeli rule have mixed feelings about
the academic curriculum offered and
advantage of this possibility, by
the venue selected for the courses.
continuing to emphasize programs to
Norway and now Italy. Before addressing these issues, it is
important to briefly review the origins
Despite the charms and allure of of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Europe, most Minnesotans are For people with little knowledge
already familiar with that culture: in about the issues in Palestine, there is
fact, they are part of the European no better introduction than the classic
cultural and ethnic tradition. Our 1960's film "Lawrence of Arabia"
students would derive more insight based on actual events during World
regarding diversity in cultures and War One. In the movie (and in fact)
ethnic backgrounds by spending a the Arab people rise against their
summer in Asia, Africa or Latin Turkish overlords with the help of
America.
England. After winning the war,
however, the English renege on their
The programs in Israel [which, on
promises to recognize the
the other hand, raise different issues
independence of the Arab nations
that are addressed in a separate
and instead merely replace the Turks
article on this newsletter) and Costa
as colonial rulers. Moreover, the
Rica (over winter break) are proof
that our students can combine a solid British government allowed
ever-increasing numbers of
educational experience with learning
European and US Jews to emigrate
about local cultures that are vastly
different from their own. There is no to Palestine, where they begin to
carve a separate community. After
reason why Hamline should not be
World War Two, Jewish refugees
able to develop summer study abroad from the Holocaust move to Palestine
programs in countries such as, for
en masse, and finally in 1948 the
example, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil
or Taiwan. Hamline students would United Nations recognize their
creation of the State of Israel.
be able to learn not only about the
Moreover, Israel was conceived from
legal traditions of these nations, but
the beginning as a JEWISH state,
also acquire a broader perspective
Rethinking Hamline's Study were religion and ethnic identity
regarding diversity in culture, race,
determined your place in society,
Abroad Programs language, traditions, religion and
your rights and privileges as a
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citizen. Thus, an immigrant of Jewish
The phrase "we live in a global heritage is entitled from the moment
village" captures the inter- [" = nom de plume)
of arrival into Israel, to an array of
dependence of all cultures, social, economic and political
benefits that are denied to Arabs . In
peoples, and nations as we approach short, Israel has an unenviable
the 21st century. Even here in
Hamline U. School of Law dissent Saint Paul. Minnesota

record of violations of basic human (religion and society) that glosses him for crimes against humanity and
rights, including those that we as over the causes and effects of the genocide. Regardless of the outcome
Americans consider basic ones, such Arab-Israeli conflict, as the backdrop of this case, there is no doubt that in
as equal treatment regardless of for a good time in an exotic land. 1999 other former heads of state
ethnicity or national origin, due responsible for crimes against
While some people might claim
process under the law, and the right humanity will have to answer to their
that religion IS the cause of the
of a people to self-determination. current state of affairs in the Middle victims, including President Reagan
for funding and supporting the
However, despite of the multiple East, thus crucial to understand
murderous death-squads of the
legal issues raised by the Palestinian current issues, history clearly shows 1980's Central American wars!
Israeli conflict, the courses offered by that is not the case. Arabs during
Hamline's summer program appear World War One were fighting for 2. Red Dawn: Left-wing parties will
to be designed to sidestep these independence, for self-determination, see a resurgence all over the world.
thorny questions, settling instead for and the fact that their oppressors In Europe, the Socialist-Green
philosophical studies of morality and then, the Turks, were ALSO Muslims alliance won Germany's elections
ethics under Islam, Judaism and made no difference. The fact that last September; France and Great
Christianity. It seems obvious that, in their oppressors today are Jewish Britain already have moderate
order to not offend it's Israeli hosts also makes no difference. It also socialists as Prime Ministers. The
Hamline has chosen to shy away made no difference to America's economic crisis in Latin America and
from issues relating to the social, Founding Fathers in 1776 that their Asia also have demonstrated the
economic and political life of Arabs British enemies were fellow failures of unrestrained capitalism,
and Jews. Christians. and the policies of South African
President Nelson Mandela continue
Furthermore, by having the summer The only real question for
to show that moderate socialism and
classes on an Israeli university Palestinians in 1998 as well as for
a "kinder, gentler" capitalism can
located in Jerusalem, Hamline Americans in 1776, is whether or not
co-exist side by side in Africa.
seems to be supporting (perhaps they are entitled, as a people, to the
unwittingly) Israel's continuing right to rule their own affairs, free 3. Flash in the Pan: We are
occupation of the Arab parts of the from foreign interference and predicting that 1999 will see the
city in defiance of international law. It discrimination. I hope that this demise of the "Spice Girls",
is for this reason that the U.S. question, as well as the underlying bell-bottomed baggy pants, and
Embassy in Israel is located in issues associated with it, will be put body piercing. Leonardo Oi Caprio
Tel-Aviv and not Jerusalem. Hamline before our students when they visit will be "outed". Jerfy Springer will
also should consider relocating the Israel next summer. face tough competition from two new
summer program to Tel-Aviv or * * * talk-shows: "America's Funniest
elsewhere in Israel proper, at least Suicide Home Videos", hosted by the
until the Palestinians and Israel TRENDS TO WATCH IN 1999 wacky Dr. Kevorkian, and "This Old
agree to a definite settlement over White House", hosted by Monica
the future of Jerusalem. The members of "Progressive Lewinski giving hands-on advice on
Initiative" conducted an informal, how to convert a boring old office into
The question remains, then, what unscientific and more than a little a love nest
is the goal of Hamline's summer
biased poll of friends and
program in Israel? Plainly, it is NOT accomplices to figure out what will
to explore the issues raised by the 1999 look like. Bellow is our list of
real-life experiences of Arabs and
what we predict will be the
GOOD LUCK WITH
Jews in Palestine, such as the
continuing struggle of Palestinians
personalities and events that will YOUR FINALS &
shape the new year:
for self-determination; analyzing the
legal aspects of war and military 1. No Rest for the Wicked: Mass HAPPY HOLIDAYS
conflict, or even the study of the murderers and dictators are no
Israeli legal and administrative longer feeling at ease, after the arrest
systems. Rather, the purpose of the in Britain of former Chilean dictator
program seems to be the Augusto Pinochet at the request of
presentation of a "safe" area of study Spanish authorities, who want to try