Weekend Edition Responds!

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Last week, I wrote to NPR's Weekend Edition, complaining about NPR's editorial treatment of hip-hop culture. The reporter of the piece I referenced responded. Now, I've gotten a response from NPR - and what an eloquent, touching and personalized response it is:

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Holocaust Museum Shooting and Anti-Semitism

On Saturday morning, June 13,(weekend edition with Steve Insky or Scott Simon?)the anchor/news person commented on bigotry and anti-Semitism in connection with the Holocaust Museum shooting. Obviously bigotry and anti-Semitism exist and should be confronted and comdemned. But, not all criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism should not be equated with, or confused with, fair criticism of Israel's 60-year military occupation of 1.5 million Palestinians, and its confiscation of Arab lands. If Jews were more self-critical relative to Israeli policies that are inimical to peace, and Israelis had a healthy respect for the opinions of mankind (e.g., the United Nations), then there might be less anti-Semitism. I am reminded of the Biblical quote about people who can see the splinter in their neighbor's (or enemy's) eye, but cannot see the beam in their own. This is not unique to Jews; rather, it is a human condition writ large in the Middle East.