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November 18, 2019


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Steve, fifty years ago Marty Peretz was a left winger who had to decide whether to ignore the anti-Semitism that swirled around the progressive left even then. He chose to leave that world and stand with Israel (albeit with occasional criticisms of it) and become a mainstream liberal, with pretty conservative views on foreign policy. Maybe it's time for you to decide just where you stand, rather than ignoring the "it's not anti-Semitism, it's anti-Zionism" or "it's not Israel, it's Netanyahu" excuses that enable too many people who are both left of center and pro-Israel to ignore the reality staring them in their face.

Douglas B. Levene

I showed up to college in the fall of 1969, burning with radical fervor. At one of the first meetings of campus radicals I was informed that the correct political line was that Israel was a colonial usurper and that the Palestinians were its victims. Thus began my journey away from the left.

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