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Opposes Censorship
Mon, 02/17/2014 - 19:00

I’d like to commend Sid Schwartz for his opinion piece criticizing censorship in the
Jewish community, especially around matters regarding Israel (“Limiting Debate On Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” Feb. 7).

Not only is the
attempt to delegitimize Jewish voices fundamentally problematic, but it also
seems to be the minority who attempts to censor the majority of American
Jews, who do believe in policies like Palestinian statehood and negotiations
with Iran.

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While it is important for all voices to be heard, so that ultimately, policy decisions can be based on popular will and a sound investigation into the issues, it is also important to sort out Jewish views from the views of Jews. If a Jew is in favor of further negotiation with Iran and a Palestinian state because he thinks that will be good for the US, Israel, Jews, or all three, then that's one thing. On the other hand, if he supports those positions because that's the politically correct thing to do, and their effects on the actually people involved be damned, then his opinion is not a legitimate Jewish one.

And who makes such a judgment? You?