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Letter: Israel critics aren't anti-Semites

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.

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