There is nothing anti-Semitic about deploring murder by the Israelis


Colin Nevin must be having a laugh (Monday June 29) when he talks about “so much anti-Israel sentiment in the media”.

I haven’t come across any criticism in the mainstream media of the incident in Gaza last year when IDF soldiers were filmed shooting Palestinian children playing on a rooftop. The Israeli soldiers are seen to mock the children and laugh when one child is shot in the leg.

And then he brings up the old “anti-Semitic” chestnut.

It’s not anti-Semitic to deplore Israeli snipers attempting to murder children playing on a rooftop.

I lived in Israel too for many years and met many young, immigrant, IDF soldiers who told me they had come to Israel specifically “to shoot Palestinians” - after enlisting with the IDF.

Is it anti-Semitic to deplore such behaviour? I think not. But the anti-Semitic jibe will continue to be raised by apologists for Israeli terrorism into the foreseeable future, no doubt.

If only they could find better arguments to use, instead of these pathetic tactics - designed solely to discredit deserved criticism.

Louis Shawcross, Hillsborough