The Holocaust (1934-1945)
Is anti-Semitism to blame for harsh criticism of Israel?

To the editor: I wholeheartedly concur with Michael Douglas that anti-Semitism is reprehensible and that it must be combated theologically, socially, culturally and politically. All human beings have an inviolable right to live in peace and dignity. ("Michael Douglas finds Judaism and faces anti-Semitism," op-ed, March 14) However, we should not conflate anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel. Not all criticism of Israel is irrational and misplaced. It is true that Israel's journey from the ashes of the Holocaust — witnessing oppressive poverty, persecution and the horrible deaths of generations — toward an oasis of vibrant democracy and a global hub of...