Sheldon Gottlieb’s vociferous letter suggests a new McCarthyism. It levels unfair allegations at any who criticize Israel for its appalling occupation and treatment of the Palestinian people. Here again is the accusation that anyone who criticizes Israel’s policies is anti-Semitic. Yet how can this be, when from 1975 to 1991 the United Nations General Assembly held (rightly, in my view) that Zionism itself is a form of racism?
What I find odious is the ease with which the label “anti-Semitic" is hurled at those of us who are simply raising our voices against actions of the Israeli government that we consider to be little short of criminal. Such a strategy seems designed to distract and confuse while attempting to defend the indefensible.