Opposing Israeli policies isn't anti-Semitic

Charles Krauthammer says in his article "Take stand against academic anti-Semitism," (Jan. 11), that because "Israel has a profoundly democratic political system, the freest press . . . and racial diversity within its universities," the American Studies Association boycott is "rather strange." He labels its members as the "radical chic," and those who oppose Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.

Krauthammer's generalizations are grossly misleading and insinuate that objecting to the Jewish people and objecting to the denial of human rights to Palestinians and non-Jews is one and the same. He goes on to ask why the association's boycott targets Israel, and not Syria, Iran, or Egypt.

Not a hard question. When a nation governs itself democratically, tolerates religious diversity and was founded by a people who know first-hand the evil of ethnic/religious persecution, the civilized world expects it to hold sacred the human rights of all people. Currently its policies promote apartheid and an ongoing siege on Gaza, one of the largest open-air prisons where hunger and desperation persist under the constant threat of Israeli air assaults. The West Bank is increasingly cut off through segregation and harassed through Israeli settlements that flagrantly violate international law.

The Waterford Green Party supports the association's position. Anti-Semitism is abhorrent. But it is easily as abhorrent as turning a blind eye to cruelty in the name of nationalism.

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