West Bank

Criticism of Israel off limits

Under the First Amendment to our Constitution and long-standing custom we are free to criticize any nation's policies and any nation's leader, including (and especially) our our own president, who is attacked most viciously from the right and only slightly less viciously from the extreme left. There is, however, one exception: Israel. The slightest critique of the systematic confiscation of Palestinian Arab territory on the West Bank is immediately decried as anti-semitism by many American Jews. There is verbal irony here since the struggle between Palestinian Arabs and the self-proclaimed Jewish State is a fight between two tribes both properly classified as Semitic. As a...