A reader writes:
This rabbi thinks you're wrong about circumcision and occasionally overwrought in the way you write about Israel, but the charge of antisemitism is just so ludicrous that the only thing to do is remind people that Abe Foxman's entire job is to find and denounce antisemitism, and he's very, very well paid for it.
I find it ironic that Abe Foxman, who spends his life defaming others, leads an organization named the Anti-Defamation League.
I'm a Jew. I'm 24 years old and I've been to Israel on Birthright (essentially a propaganda trip disguised as hook-ups and drinking). I agree with some (but not all) of your criticism of the BiBi government. I guess that makes me a self-deprecating Jew. Oh well. I guess that's why not as many Jews are making Aliyah to Israel anymore, because they cannot capture the young generation of my peers who have dissenting views.
If you're an antisemite, then what does that make me? I agree with you on most things related to Israel, and I'm freaking Jewish and half-Israeli. I don't understand these Americans.
I'm a Jew and horrified by the attacks on anyone who dares question Israel's actions. I urge you to keep speaking out - you are doing an enormous amount of good, so please don't let intellectual bullies like Chait and Wieseltier dictate the terms of debate.
I am Jewish and I generally support Israel, but if Foxman is calling you an anti-semite there is something really, really wrong down at ADL. In fact, Mr. Anti-defamation-league is defaming himself and all Jews by calling you an anti-semite. He plays right into the hands of those who say you can't criticize Israel without being called either an anti-semite or a self-hating Jew. I am incredibly angry and frustrated by this.
I disagree with you sometimes - but I stand with you shoulder to shoulder on your right to speak without being smeared.
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