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  • NJ poet laureate refuses to resign, despite ADL charges of anti-Semitism

    10/01/2002 2:47:59 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 18 replies · 2,505+ views
    Jerusalem Post (by way of ^ | Oct. 1, 2002 | MELISSA RADLER
    New Jersey's poet laureate Amiri Baraka, who wrote a poem blaming Israel for the September 11 attack, is refusing to resign despite calls from the governor, James McGreevey, and charges of "anti-New Jersey, anti-American and anti-Semitic venom" by the local Anti-Defamation League. Last week, McGreevey called on Baraka, who was appointed in August, to resign after the poet laureate read out a work entitled Somebody Blew Up America, at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo, New Jersey. The poem, which reportedly earned Baraka boos from audience members, prompted the ADL to categorize it as the same kind of anti-Semitic hate...