ANN ARBOR — Catherine Wilkerson, a doctor in Ann Arbor, was among a small group of protestors at a talk on Iran sponsored by a pro-Israel group at the University of Michigan. She was not aware that this event last November would lead to criminal charges against her for fulfilling the responsibilities of her profession. Her intervention against the police’s behavior landed her in a criminal trial, which just ended last week with a judgment in her favor.
The speaker that night was Raymond Tanter, a professor at Georgetown University, and a former official in the Reagan administration. The small group of protestors sought to voice their opposition against a well-known hawk with strong pro-Israel views and hard-line support for military aggression against Arab and Muslim countries. His talk that night intended to drum up support for American military action against Iran.
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