From: Ismail Zayid
To: Guardian Weekly
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 8:22 PM
Subject: Unique immunity.
 
Feb. 4,2002
 
The Editor,
The Guardian Weekly
 
Dear Editor:
 
David Goldberg, in his article: {" Let's have a sense of proportion" Jan. 31}, quite rightly, disapproves of the common practice of labelling every criticism of Israeli policies as antisemitism. Through this practice, Israeli apologists are granting Israel a unique immunity from criticism, that is not available to any other state. You can criticise the policies of Canada, Britain , the U.S or any other country, and you can disagree with the policies of the leaders of these countries, but if you dare to criticise the policies of the state of Israel or its leaders, you are an antisemite.
 
Extraordinarily, this unique immunity appears to extend further, by allowing Israel's political and religious leaders to describe Palestinian Arabs as snakes, serpents, two-legged animals and cockroaches. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Spiritual leader of the Shas Party, preaching in a Passover sermon, stated: " The Lord shall waste their [the Arabs] seed, devastate them and vanish them from this world...You must send missiles to annhiliate them. They are evil and damnable." Does this not qualify as antisemitism, for the Arabs are also semites?
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Ismail Zayid, M.D.