Readers: Israel isn't the problem
Israel under a microscope
It is laughable to claim that criticism of Israel is suppressed when every Israeli action is placed under a hostile microscope, while the violence of all Palestinian factions escapes scrutiny ("Don't suppress criticism of Israel," June 11).
The current political campaigns endorsed by Imad Hamad are a new tactic to destroy Israel after the failure of 70 years of political, military and economic warfare. They aim to dismantle the freest state in the Middle East, one where Israeli Arabs have a higher representation in medical schools than do Israeli Jews. It is hypocritical that they target Israel while ignoring the far deadlier conflicts in the region, and back regimes whose human rights records make Israel look lily white.
They should rather focus on corrupt Palestinian elites, who perpetuate the conflict while filching millions of dollars of aid for personal use. There are encouraging signs in this direction. Several European Union countries threaten reduced aid to the Palestinian Authority over its rewards for terrorists, and its corruption.
Doron Lubinsky, Atlanta, Georgia
Just in case Imad Hamad hasn't noticed, Israel is being viciously criticized all over the world for the crime of defending its borders from Gazans whose leaders tell them to kill Jews once they break through the frontier. Relax sir; your fears are groundless. And Hamad also claims he is only concerned with Israel's "occupation and colonization of Palestinian land." Hamad, you should really take this up with the Palestinian Authority, which has three times refused to accept an end to the occupation and their own state in Gaza and the West Bank. Why? That would require recognition of Israel.
Hamad knows full well that lamentation about the occupation is a straw man; the real issue is and has always been the Arab refusal to live in peace with a Jewish state.
Fred Baumann, Mount Vernon, Ohio
I read the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 twice, and I’m still trying to find the part that “classifies criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic,” as Imad Hamad claims. Hamad misrepresents the bill the same way he misrepresents Israel and his demonization of Israel. He needn’t worry though; this bill would not suppress his right to demonize Israel. Using the U.S. State Department’s “Defining Anti-Semitism” fact sheet on which the bill is based though, it’s clear that Hamad, in his op-ed, has made a number of anti-Semitic statements.
If Hamad were truly worried about free speech and human rights, he would fight against the marginalization of Jewish and pro-Israel voices on university campuses. It is pro-Israel speakers who are regularly disrupted and sometimes violently shut down. Jewish voices are the ones being silenced, and Jewish students are the ones being harassed.
Harry Onickel, Ferndale