- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 23, 2003

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Students at the University of Maryland at College Park picketed the campus newspaper and demanded that it apologize for a cartoon that said an American peace activist who was run over by an Israeli bulldozer was stupid.
The publication, the Diamondback, refused to apologize, citing the First Amendment.
The cartoon, by student Daniel Friedman, showed a woman in front of a bulldozer. The caption contained the dictionary definition of "stupidity," and added another way to define it: "sitting in front of a bulldozer to protect a gang of terrorists."
Rachel Corrie, 23, a student at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., was killed last Sunday as she tried to stop an Israeli bulldozer from destroying the home of a Palestinian physician in the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials called the death an accident.
More than 60 students protested after the cartoon appeared Wednesday morning. "You wouldn't see a cartoon in the newspaper making fun of 9/11 victims. You wouldn't see a cartoon making fun of a suicide-bombing victim," protester Setareh Ghandehari said.
A telephone call and e-mail seeking comment from the newspaper and Mr. Friedman were not immediately returned.
In an editorial Thursday, the newspaper said, "Though many staff members objected to the cartoon's viewpoint, the editors unanimously determined that by apologizing for the cartoon, we would call into question the First Amendment a blessing from our forefathers every newspaper and every protester in America lives by."

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