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Friday, November 30, 2018

In a recent letter, James H. Dautremont (Public Forum, Nov. 21) makes two outrageous claims: Israel is the reason the U.S. chooses to ignore Saudi government complicity in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the current wave of antisemitism in our country is a response to a misalignment of American and Israeli interests.

The recent (and probable temporary) lukewarm détente between Israel and Saudi Arabia has absolutely nothing to do with the U.S. giving Saudi Arabia a “pass” on the Khashoggi murder. Israel is not relevant to the U.S. calculus to ignore Saudi complicity in Khashoggi’s murder; right or wrong, Trump’s decision has everything to do with oil, arms sales and Persian Gulf stability.

Mr. Dautremont, antisemitism has been present for two millennia, long before the U.S. and state of Israel existed. The current escalation of antisemitism is part of a larger Western resurgence of nationalism in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. The “perspicacious folks” who realize that U.S. and Israeli interests don’t always align are vile criminals when they murder innocent Jewish Americans or deface synagogues and schools with swastikas. Like you, they are free to write letters to the opinion page to advance myths about nefarious Jewish influence over governments and banks. Historically, Jew hatred and minority hatred come to the surface when societal “norms” allow them to; sadly, that seems to be the case now.

It is unfortunate that anyone would label a democratic nation such as Israel a “regime,” or consider foreign policy disagreements with Israel to be an explanation for criminal behavior against fellow American citizens. Fortunately most “perspicacious folks” recognize veiled hate speech and falsehoods when they see it in action or in print.

Michael Barondes

Greenville

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