Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Friedman to McNamara: Read this! (Originally posted 10/16/02 at 9:24 a.m.) New York Times columnist Tom Friedman this morning offers a brilliant and cogent argument as to why the divestiture campaign against Israel is anti-Semitic -- and he does it without letting the Sharon government off the hook, either. His wind-up: "Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction -- out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle East -- is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest." I hope Globe columnist Eileen McNamara, who recently called Harvard president Larry Summers an "intellectual fraud" for making the same point, has Friedman on her reading list for today.

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