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The letter, "Opposing Israeli policies isn't anti-Semitic," (Jan. 21), confounds the very definition of logic. The writer admits that Israel "governs itself democratically" and "tolerates religious diversity" but says it should be boycotted. Meanwhile, nations such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, etc.. that are grossly corrupt, undemocratic, intolerant, and guilty of grotesque human rights abuses should not be boycotted.
To bolster such reasoning, the writer attacks Israel with the same tired litany of outrageous falsehoods and exaggerations that have been disproved many times.
This week marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It's an appropriate time for us all to remember the inferno into which such "Big Lies" paved the way. It's also a good time to ask: other than being tolerant and democratic, how else is Israel different from Syria, Iran, Pakistan et al? The answer is that it's the only Jewish country in the world. And while not all its critics are necessarily anti-Semites, anti-Semitism is all too often the motivation behind the Big Lies with which Israel is being smeared.