Calgary Sun | December 30, 2001 | Orest Slepokura
Letters to the Editor

Criticizing Israel differs from anti-Semitism

RE: ISRAEL BASHING is in" (Mindelle Jacobs, Dec. 27, 2001) Equating alleged Israel-bashing with so-called "anti-Semitism" is hardly new. It's an old ploy intended to silence critics. The United Church Observer once had the temerity to print a graphic photo of a Palestinian child recovering from napalm burns inflicted during Israeli attacks on Arab civilians. The editor, the Reverend A.C. Forrest, afterward recalled "That, I was told, proved I was anti-Semitic. To condemn napalm in Vietnam is alright. To report its use by the Israelis is considered anti-Semitic."

Orest Slepokura

The Sun's editorial commentary appended to the above letter states:
(No Palestinian child would suffer that way if Palestinian terrorists stopped their killing.)