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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Robert F. Boyd (“There is no peace process,” April 13 commentary) claims that we in the U.S. “continue to be controlled by” the Jews and that the Jews “exert extraordinary influence” on Washington, Hollywood, Wall Street and many aspects of American life. In his words, “it’s all about money, and specifically Jewish money.” Morton Nadler (“An unfounded accusation,” April 26 letter) claims that comments such as Boyd’s are not anti-Semitic. Needless to say, neither is supportive of Israel.
Boyd and Nadler may feel frustration over the untenable lack of progress toward achieving a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. I know I’m frustrated. However, it is over-simplistic and counterproductive to wholly blame Israel or to invent some all-powerful Jewish conspiracy.
The Roanoke Jewish Community Council supports Israel and has done so since before it became a state. We recognize that Israel is not perfect. We also recognize that Israel is in close proximity to individuals, political parties and countries sworn to destroy it.
Regardless, we would never espouse the notion that all Muslims are jihadists or terrorists or anti-Semitic. To engage in such specious and derogatory stereotyping and propaganda would be just as dishonest.
Roanoke Jewish Community Council
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