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‘NYT Book Review’ owes readers an apology for printing blatant racism about Palestinians

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New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikipedia)
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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.

WALTER SCHIMMERLING
WASHINGTON

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.

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Freudian Projection much?

The Blood libel allegation followed other crimes for which the Islamic medieval nations were co-complicit: “Perhaps the widespread fear that Jews were scheming to abduct children, subjecting them to cruel rituals, even antedates the appearance of stereotypical ritual murder which seems to have originated in the 12th century. As for myself, I believe that serious consideration should be given to the possibility that this fear was largely related to the slave trade, particularly in the… Read more »

Obviously Mr. Schimmerling displays his hatred for Palestinians, and has taken an opportunity to spew the Israeli narrative, in a rather unprofessional way. Apologists may claim that Palestinian Arabs have avowed as their goal the killing of all Jews, but right now casualty numbers show it is the Israeli side that is inflicting the most casualties, every time,and as of this day, 18 Palestinians have been killed this year, some by their detested fences, including… Read more »

“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.” Let’s look at this from the positive side: what other group is also allowed to form a U.S. political lobby group and not have it register as representing a foreign agent? What other group’s leaders views themselves as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to protecting the interests… Read more »

LOL. Irony much? Let me know when you’re willing to condemn the blatant racism printed here about Israelis.