As a secular Jew on the political left, I must applaud Cathy Young's "Criticism of Israel vs. anti-Semitism" [Opinion, April 16]. I am critical of the present policies of Israel's government, but I am a strong supporter of Israel's right to exist.

The left is deeply divided on this matter, and Young's column portrays some of the anti-Semitic actions by progressives in the name of criticism of Israel. The old maxim on anti-Semitism on the left, written by a Jewish socialist, is that it is the socialism of fools. That is very much in order today.

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Be critical of Israel? Of course, that's fine. But when it is not balanced with criticism of other nations and groups, it becomes anti-Semitism.

Sol Brodsky, Long Beach