It’s easy enough to assert that religious or political Zionists are the real anti-Semites by citing End Times scripture or the rising tide of global anti-Semitism resulting from disproportionate retribution on Gaza by Israeli forces, but it’s far from tactical. Meanwhile, labeling dissenters of the ongoing slaughter of innocents under siege as enemies of Israel or Zionists is a non-sequitur.
Wars have nothing to do with religion in this context, but rather land and people. People, not religions, are being attacked in Gaza – Muslims, Christians, thousands of children. By the occupying nation’s own admission targeting civilians is a measured response. And the fact that Israel calls itself a Jewish state doesn’t exempt it from International law; much less justify suppressing dissent or empathy for the dying – on both sides.
The author of the letter is Gene Marx, past Secretary of the VFP National Board of Directors, a Vietnam Veteran, former Naval Aviator, and currently a member of the Veterans For Peace Membership Committee. He lives in Bellingham, Washington and is the chapter coordinator of the local Veterans for Peace chapter (VFP-111 - www.vfpbellingham.org).