Working toward peace for Israel
To the editor:
In “University rabbi speaks on anti-Semitism,” (news article, Nov. 3) Hannah Dellinger reports Rabbi Yonah Hain observed it’s debatable whether anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic. Theoretically, that’s true, but I’ve yet to meet an anti-Zionist who didn’t support the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state. These individuals want to deny to the Jewish people the national rights they support for others and that is definitely anti-Semitic.
We should also recognize the goals of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. Its founders have made clear their goal has nothing to do with the welfare of the Palestinians or any alleged misbehavior of Israel but rather is about succeeding where the six Arab armies which invaded Israel the day after it was reestablished failed. BDS activist Anna Baltzer said it most succinctly when she exclaimed “We need to wipe out Israel.”
Anyone who truly wants to help Palestinian Arabs would be working toward accommodation with Israel and for peace with Israel. BDS actually hurts Palestinians far more than it hurts Israel. That makes it not only anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, but anti-Palestinian.
Alan Stein of Netanya, Israel, is a former resident of Stamford and President Emeritus of PRIMER-Connecticut Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting.