As someone who teaches Jewish Studies in a major Canadian university, I was appalled at isi Leibler's article. It is the easiest tactic in the world to accuse those you wish to demonize of demonizing you. Antisemites have known that through the centuries. But who on earth is Isi Leibler claiming to be Israel bashers? Has he even looked at the J-Street conference program? Shlomo Ben Ami, former Israeli Foreign Secretary? Ami Ayalon, former head of Shin Bet? Akiva Eldar, whom all readers of Ha'aretz know and value? Amir Peretz, former Deputy Prime Minister? Meir Sheetrit, former Finance Minister and Interior Minister? Leading members of Meretz, Labour and Kadima? Leading members of American Jewry, like Rabbi Eric Yoffie? Are these not mainstream? Are these the voices Isi Leibler wishes to silence? I try to teach my students a certain degree of civility in public discourse. Your readers deserve no less.
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