Not All Critics Are Our Enemies

By Leonard Fein

Forward Association, 2007

Antipathy toward Israel on America's left has become a dispiriting fashion of our time. Now and then, it serves as cover for antisemitism - more often it is about exactly what is says it is about: impatience and hostility with Israel's policies and actions, especially about the Palestinian territories. The danger is that our fretfulness will impede our ability to differentiate between friends and enemies, that we will so vilify anyone who offers blunt criticism, that we will make enemies of them. There are useful ways of dealing with Israel's enemies, but they depend on our ability to distinguish between enemies and critics.

Topic: Liberalism, Morality, Anti-Zionism, Diaspora Relations, Equality, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Ethics, Anti-Israel Sentiment, Segregation

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

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Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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