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Al Lindsey here. I am very grateful to the editor, publisher, and staff of The Austin Chronicle
for publishing my op ed in the Jan. 26th issue. [“Opinion: For All Their Wins, Abbott, Patrick, and Paxton Have Lost So Much More
”] Due to space limitations, there was an important part of my message that could not be included. I also reached out to those voters who did not want to vote for Abbott et. al. but also did not want to vote for Beto et. al. To them I would have said, "If you don't want to vote for either slate, leave those races blank! NOBODY would represent us better than Abbott, Patrick and Paxton! They are worse than worthless."
In your most recent issue, you quoted the chant, "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." [“Texan Palestinians Protest Israeli-American Council
,” News, Jan. 27] This chant, while (I hope) coming from a place of good intentions, is commonly used in association with terrorist and openly antisemitic groups. I feel this chant deserved a callout explaining such, or at least deserved not to be quoted in an article that seemed to be painting the protestors in a rightfully positive light. I am Jewish and someone who proudly sympathizes with the ongoing fight to end the mistreatment of Palestinians in Israel. However, a line must be drawn between fighting for rights and supporting terrorists who despise the Jewish people, and that chant crosses that line.