Re “Olympia Food Co-op joins long, tragic history of hatred toward Israel” (Viewpoint, 7-27):
Edward Alexander does a great disservice to readers by suggesting that criticism of Israel equates with anti-Semitism or Israel-hatred. Even worse, he misleadingly asserts that those who boycott Israeli-made goods, like the Olympia Food Co-op board of directors, seek Israel’s destruction.
In fact, most progressives in the United States – Jews and non-Jews alike – who urge boycotts, sanctions and divestment against Israel are trying to compel it to withdraw from occupied territory and respect international law. Were Israel to do so, it would bring justice to Palestinians while gaining the peace and security it deserves alongside a Palestinian state.
Ironically, it is the critics of Israel, not our Congress or Israel’s cheerleaders, who might best be able to help the Jewish state live up to its own ideals.