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Third-rail of discourse



To the editor:

Is it anti-Semitic to criticize, even condemn, Israel, for dropping hundreds of 2,000 pound bombs on very congested areas of Gaza?  

Is it anti-Semitic to criticize Israel for killing an estimated 20,000 people in Gaza, 70 percent of them women and children?

Is it anti-Semitic to call Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet indiscriminate killers for their utter disregard for the lives of Palestinian non-combatants and equating all Palestinians with the Hamas killers?

The answer to these questions is an unequivocal “No.” But, as some journalists have correctly said, Israel is the third rail of political and journalistic discourse. The thought of threatening Israel with cutting off all military aid unless they stop the slaughter is something no public person wants to touch, although that is exactly what President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken should be saying right now.  

Israel has a right to defend itself, but it does not have the right to commit genocide on the people of Gaza, even when Hamas is embedded with the Palestinians.    

Michael J. Gorman


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