BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A critic of Israel who speaks widely on the subject will give a presentation at the Brookings Public Library without the backing of the South Dakota World Affairs Council.

The council initially scheduled Alison Weir's appearance on Wednesday but then canceled the event. Board Chairman Nels Granholm tells the Argus Leader officials were worried the move could be construed as censorship but that isn't the case. He says the council couldn't find someone credible to give an opposing view to Weir.

Weir says she often hears about attempts to block her talks, but this is one of the only times a sponsor has backed out. She calls it "shocking."

Weir's talk will go on, sponsored by The Council for the National Interest. Weir is president of the group.

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