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Loyal opposition

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Oct 31, 2003

If you think Israel's repressive policies are fueling Palestinian anger, and thwarting the cause of peace, does that mean you're either an anti-Semite or a friend of Arab terrorists?

If it does, then the chief of staff of the Israeli military must be either an anti-Semite or a friend of Arab terrorists.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Charles 275 - Nov. 06, 2003 10:22 AM ET USA

    Arab citizens have full rights of citizenship in Israel. The only restriction they face is regarding military service, understandably. Compare the treatment of Jews in Arab counties. Only two groups are routinely blamed for murderous acts of hatred perpetrated against them-Americans and Jews.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Nov. 05, 2003 9:52 PM ET USA

    Wow. You don't have to believe that Jews murdered people and put the blood in pastries to feel that maybe they are responsible for some of the anger that's heaped on them. Defamation of the Palestinians has also been going on long before Zionism. While a "democracy" compared to the countries around it, Israel has a two-tiered citizenship, based on religion. "Oh, but it's a Jewish state!" its defenders say. Well, what would the world say if Spain said it was a Catholic state?

  • Posted by: Charles 275 - Nov. 02, 2003 3:03 PM ET USA

    I have never heard anyone claim that rational criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. Israel is the only country in the middle east where citizens can criticize their government without fear. Murderous anti-Jewish violence has existed in that part of the world since long before birth of modern Zionism. There are critics of Israel who deny being anti-Semitic and yet believe that Jews are responsible for 9-11 and use children's blood in pasteries. Israel did not bring such hatered on itself.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 31, 2003 7:22 PM ET USA

    The expression, "anti-Semite," is too often, too loosely, employed. The Palestinians are Semites. I do not know how many of them have been killed or expelled by Israelis. At any rate, too many. Are we to conclude therefore that the government of the State of Israel is a group of anti-Semites? Those who cannot advance their causes in a rational manner resort to "name-calling." Gibson's film on the Passion features Semitic Jesus and his Semitic followers, but it is branded "anti-Semite" by bigots.