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“Criticize Israel? You’re an Anti-Semite!”

Posted by uscsjp on September 4, 2006

By Rosa Brooks 

How can we have a real discussion about Mideast peace if speaking honestly about Israel is out of bounds?

September 1, 2006

EVER WONDER what it’s like to be a pariah?

Publish something sharply critical of Israeli government policies and you’ll find out. If you’re lucky, you’ll merely discover that you’ve been uninvited to some dinner parties. If you’re less lucky, you’ll be the subject of an all-out attack by neoconservative pundits and accused of rabid anti-Semitism.
This, at least, is what happened to Ken Roth. Roth — whose father fled Nazi Germany — is executive director of Human Rights Watch, America’s largest and most respected human rights organization. (Disclosure: I have worked in the past as a paid consultant for the group.) In July, after the Israeli offensive in Lebanon began, Human Rights Watch did the same thing it has done in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Congo, Uganda and countless other conflict zones around the globe: It sent researchers to monitor the conflict and report on any abuses committed by either side….

Continued: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/la-oe-brooks1sep01,0,4657959.column?coll=la-util-opinion-sunday 

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