was sent by a friend - I'm not sure where he got it. Sorry I cannot
provide a citation. I assume it was written recently. -J
President Lorna Mardsen, York
Arbitrator Russel Goodfellow.
Whoever is concerned.
I am writing as a (Jewish) citizen of Israel, as a former
officer in the Israeli army who took part in some of its wars
(including those that I knew at the time to be
unjust), and as an activist in the cause of peace.
I was born in British Palestine (the part that is now
Israel). I am writing as a person who knows about the issues
involved more than any of you, and for whom these
issues matter than for all of you put together.
I firmly believe that the freedom of expression includes
the right to hold distorted and biased views that are totally
inconsistent with an honest examination of reality. I am,
therefore, not criticizing you for accepting at face
value the Israeli denials of the brutality of the occupation and of Israel's
deep-rooted desire for taking control over the whole of Palestine (or,
at least, as much of it as it believes the
International Community will
possibly tolerate) and reducing or eliminating the
Palestinian presence in it. In short, the fact that
Israel pretends to be seeking peace while doing precisely the
I do criticize, in the strongest terms, your attempt to
criticism of the conduct and policies of the
State of Israel as a form of antisemitism. I hope that upon
seriously examining the issues involved you will realize:
1. That the Israeli lies cover a consistently brutal
2. That the Palestinian people have a very valid cause.
3. That many Jews, in Israel, Canada, and elsewhere, are
courageous enough to speak up and stand for
justice and peace.
4. That antisemitism is a despicable attitude that should
be opposed and denounced.
5. That abusing antisemitism to silence criticism of
Israel is one of the most despicable forms of
denial of the severity of the crime of antisemitism and of its
past horrible consequences.
6. That Jews, having been the most racially persecuted
people on the face of the earth for almost two
millenia, should be the first to denounce brutality and injustice,
not practice and support it.
Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, Israel.