This letter appeared in the March 19, 2015 issue of the Canadian Jewish News. It was written by Terry Greenberg, who is a member of Independent Jewish Voices.
Dissent is not anti-Semitism
Jewish people can do better than this. Repeatedly using the ad hominem fallacy to argue against critics of Israel is unintelligent, unethical and ultimately counter-productive to Jewish interests.
When Palestinians speak up against Israeli injustices, it cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered the irrational hatred that is anti-Semitism. Saying it is so is tantamount to legitimizing anti-Semitism as a respectable human rights value.
Intelligent debate does not call something a “lie” without offering any evidence. It does not denounce opinions that are not welcome as “hatred” without evidence of racist intent.
Gil Troy’s article (“Apartheid slur driven by hatred and lies,” March 5) is a shameful continuation of this very un-Jewish practice of arguing with fallacies instead of reality and logic. It shames Jewish people and is more likely to generate anti-Semitism in people who are tired of having their intelligence insulted by this unethical argumentation.
North Vancouver, B.C.