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Friday, April 26, 2013
My attention was attracted to Rabbi Kathy Cohen's charge of anti-Semitism ("A case of anti-Semitism," April 22 commentary) against Robert F. Boyd's effrontery in daring to criticize Israel ("There is no peace process," April 13 commentary). Granted, Israel claims to be a Jewish state, so any criticism of Israel is, by Israelis' own definition, a criticism of Jews, i.e., anti-Semitism.
I know anti-Semitism firsthand, having grown up in heavily Catholic neighborhoods in pre-World War II Brooklyn.
Can we accuse the present leadership of the Republican Party of anti-Americanism for criticizing the present government of the United States?
Cohen makes a number of statements that have nothing to do with the charge of anti-Semitism. (If you can't win an argument, change the subject.) But one merits closer attention: "[Israel] created a drip irrigation system that allows deserts to bloom."
Indeed. For whom? Amnesty International charges Israeli authorities with illegally expropriating 80 percent of the water in the occupied territory, allowing the Palestinians only 20 percent.
Comparing Boyd's factual commentary with the scurrilous "Protocols" is an argument ad hominem not worthy of a religious leader. Let no one be fooled by Cohen's attempt to discredit legitimate criticism of the illegal occupation of Palestine.
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