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Enemies of Israel



To the editors:

Your July 9 article titled "Enemy of Israel?" may have been one family's story, but it followed the very typical media slant. What happened in the Soviet Union fits the prescribed boundaries of what is kosher to write about concerning the Jews. It is like signing a statement denouncing all Jews as black marketers. Traditional anti-Semitism portrays Jews as capitalist swindlers, especially from a communist perspective. The image of the Jewish slumlord is one of many negative notions that still persist in this country.

What is unkosher in the American media is to write positively about Israel. The media has also signed a statement denouncing Israel and Zionism. This act is conveniently not labeled anti-Semitism because many oil-producing nations are inhabited by Semitic peoples. Israel, with the exception of tourism, is continually portrayed as intolerant, extremist, and militaristic. What about other Middle Eastern countries? Many are ruled by Islamic law or are military dictatorships. This includes being closed to tourism. Israel is constantly judged by a standard of perfection. I dare those in the media to print/produce a nontourism piece that is Israel positive.

Derra Greenspan


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