The juxtaposition of the Oct. 16 Your Say letters “Pro-Israel Jews Are Ones Being Denied” (Nelson Marans) and “Letter Writer Guilty of Ideological Fraud” (David Gitlitz, M.D.) is serendipitous: The latter is a perfect example of the lurid name calling and verbal intimidation calibrated to hinder free speech that the former depicts Palestinian sympathizers as employing!
Indeed, the oversized Gitlitz piece, in its tumescent smugness, might well pass as an amphigory. Not to mention that in style, content and tone it bears an eerie resemblance to what customarily emanates from the Zionist Organization of America’s press office.
Be that as it may, in the words of Warner Wolf, “Let’s go to the videotape.”
There is, for example, the silly, if not absurd and overwrought, contention that “AIPAC is a nonpartisan organization.” Hilarious.
Every political maven knows that, at this point in time, AIPAC reflects the center and right of Israel’s Likud Party. In Israel, it is seen as a loser: by the left for being wrong and by the right for failing to deliver. By placing itself in Bibi’s back pocket by aligning itself with hawkish elements of the GOP, AIPAC has transformed support for Israel from a bipartisan into a partisan issue. That, anyway you look at it, is bad. And for Beth Tfiloh to willingly be a part of it is abominable.
Gitlitz references legal eagle Alan Dershowitz as a character witness for Beth Tfiloh. Has he forgotten his mendacity as a member of the O.J. Simpson dream team? Or that, as reported by a Johns Hopkins University newsletter, Dershowitz employs private investigators to follow and discredit his and his clients’ accusers? Most recently, he even arranged a plea deal for convicted molester and financier Jeffrey Epstein that gave immunity to those — allegedly including Dershowitz himself — who could have been implicated in the scandal in the future. Indeed, several members of Epstein’s staff testified that Dershowitz was staying in Epstein’s house when Epstein was sexually assaulting underage girls.
And then we have Gitlitz’s preposterous and rebarbative Joseph McCarthy-style rhetoric, accusing Gideon Donnelly (Your Say, Sept. 25) and other supporters of the JPCOA of engaging in “ideological fraud” and “promoting a suicidal ideology and agenda.” That would be news to pillars of the Israeli security establishment critical of Netanyahu’s bluster and fear mongering such as the following: Amos Yadlin, who leads Israel’s main defense think tank; Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, who chairs both the Israel Space Agency and the science ministry’s research and development council; , Israel Ziv, a former chief of military operations; Dov Tamari, a near-legendary architect of Israeli military intelligence; Ami Ayalon, a former director of the Shin Bet domestic security service; and Efraim Halevy, a former director of the Mossad intelligence agency.
As for the accusation that J Street “undermines … the legitimacy and security of Israel,” no less a communal leader than Jewish Council for Public Affairs president Rabbi Steve Gutow vouches for the organization as “a clear supporter of Israel.”
Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Forward, Oct. 16) defines fundamentalism as “the attempt to impose a single truth on a plural world.” If fundamentalist Gitlitz practiced surgery the way he sloppily opines on political affairs, the initials M.D. after his name would stand for Malpractice Defendant.