One of Israel's greatest strengths is, conversely, is that Israel possesses a free and vibrant press that allows a full range of critical opinion and accountability over government and state bodies. One of Israel's most vociferous critics in the Israeli media is Ha'aretz commentator Gideon Levy who regularly demonizes the Jewish state to foreign audiences and in his own newspaper columns.Levy, however, goes beyond legitimate criticism of Israel, crossing red lines and allying himself with those who refer to Israel as a racist 'apartheid state', promote boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) and wish to see the very destruction of Israel. While Levy is perfectly within his rights as a private citizen to travel freely and address any audience he likes, we question both his judgment and his agenda. Does he really not have any idea of the particularly vicious nature of the fringe groups he is being sponsored by? Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Fringe Extremists Promoting Hate Levy also spoke at an event organized jointly by the Manchester branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, the leading UK group advocating a boycott of Israeli academia. The British Committee's remit is to pressure the UK government and European Union for the exclusion of Israel from the European Research Area and encourage academics to break all professional links with Israel. All I do is care about Israel. I've used my journalistic career for a better Israel, not against Israel. Can Levy really be so naive as to believe that he is not simply aiding the vicious campaing of demonization and delegitimization of Israel taking place in the UK today? Or is he cynically appealing to the most debased audiences in an attempt to sell more books? Either way, Gideon Levy's actions merely add to the suspicion surrounding Ha'aretz's irresponsible and politically driven agenda that has caused so much damage to Israel's reputation abroad.
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