Two weeks back, the New York Times Book Review ran a favorable review by Joseph Dorman of John Judis’s book Genesis, about Truman and the creation of Israel. Yesterday the Times Book Review ran one letter about the review objecting to its positive treatment of Judis’s book. Here is the letter’s second paragraph:
To the Editor….
The “conflict” between Arabs and Jews is not the result of the “Zionist lobby” preventing the United States from enforcing “peace.” Left unsaid is the extent to which such a “peace” may imperil the survival of Israel, although that is a likely goal of “Zionist lobby” detractors. The “conflict” exists because, by word and deed, Palestinian Arabs have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews. The Jews have decided they will not be killed. It will not be resolved until Palestinians stop teaching their children to hate.
The New York Times would not permit any other group of people on earth to be blood-libeled like this– even in a letter to the editor.
Mr. Schimmerling is entitled to his view of John Judis’s (excellent) book. He is not entitled to lie that “Palestinian Arabs have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews.”
The Times must apologize to all its readers, especially to those who are “Palestinian Arabs,” and the newspaper should also reprimand the editor who allowed this libel to get into print.