CST letter in Guardian
21 Nov 2012 by CST
Today's Guardian has published the below letter from CST.
On 17 November, the Guardian published my letter against contributors use of antisemitic imagery. This followed Steve Bells cartoon, depicting Tony Blair and William Hague as Benjamin Netanyahus glove puppets (16 November).
I said antisemitic language may well be inadvertent and explained why the puppets fitted this pattern. In reply, three letters (19 November) wrongly accused me of conflating all criticism of Israel as antisemitic and inferred that I lie on behalf of Israel. The last letter ended by calling me a zealot: somewhat ironic, given the nature of my complaint.
This squabble exemplifies, in miniature, the ugly exception that is being made of antisemitism within some anti-racist and anti-Israel circles. Offensive behaviour is routinely defended, mainstream Jewish views are grossly misrepresented and complainants are roundly abused. It is a disgrace.
Mark Gardner, CST
Other letters, for and against, are also published. They can be seen here.