Prof Martin Sherman recently sent out this email
An Israeli Response to Irish Invective is a riposte that I wrote at the request of the Israel Academia Monitor (IAM)
IAM recently received a letter from an Irish professor, John Kelly who asked IAM to circulate the letter to its readership, together with an article he wrote in the Irish Times
An excerpt from the letter
Like many people here in Ireland, and I am sure the world over, I have a great respect and admiration for the Jewish people, have many great friends, family relations and academic colleagues over the years who are Jews, but I condemn totally the cruelty, arrogance and I believe stupidity, with which the Israeli Government treat their Palestinian neighbours. This criticism is reinforced when I am oft times condemned to being anti-Semitic when I have occasionally spoken out about the situation which I have witnessed in Bethlehem .
His full letter appears following my response — for your perusal
Both the letter and the article are highly critical of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.
For the article see Segregation wall strangles the life out of Bethlehem
IAM decided to consent to Prof. Kelly’s request but to accompamy his items with a rebuttal from me.
This is an excerpt:
You admit that, “I am oft times condemned to being anti-Semitic…” Indeed on reading your diatribes this is not difficult to understand…
Indeed, perhaps the worst kind of anti-Semitism is the expectation – as appears to be the case on your part – that Jews consent to die meekly.
The worst kind of anti-Semitism is to portray – which you appear to do – every coercive measure undertaken by the IDF to protect the lives of Jews against those striving to kill them, just because they are Jews, as “disproportionate war crimes”.
The worst kind of anti Semitism is to consider – as you appear to do – that preventing Palestinian inconvenience far more important than preventing the loss of Jewish lives (or limbs)
The worst kind of anti-Semitism is to decry, dismiss and delegitimize – which you appear to do – as callous cruelty or mindless malevolence, any action taken by Israel to defend itself and its civilians against manifestly Judeocidal assaults – whether these actions be defensive responses or offensive initiatives; whether preventative strikes or punitive retaliation.
The worst kind of anti-Semitism is to demand – as you seem to be suggesting – that the Jews should allow their attackers to assault them with absolute immunity from any reprisal, with total impunity from all retribution, and unhindered by any fear of unpleasant consequences at all…
To access the the full article, Click here
My response is perhaps a little long but you engage in pro-Israel advocacy, you may find in it some elements/formulations that could be of use in your activities.
It is divided into the following sections:
* Criticism the Jewish State or Demonization of the Jewish People?
* The worst kind of anti Semitism
* Overtly Declared Judeophobia, and Actively Pursued Judeocide
* Trivializing the Value of Israeli Lives
* Conflating Cause and Consequence
* Detached from Reality or Determined to Distort It?
I hope you find it of interest