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LETTER: Criticism of Israeli government policy shouldn't be labelled as antisemitism

Israel must be held accountable for documented humans rights violations, letter writer says, following criticism of Newmarket-Aurora Liberal nominee candidate
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RE: 'This is why people who look like me and think like me don't run': Newmarket-Aurora Liberal candidate speaks out against 'smear campaign', Jan. 15, 2022.

It seems unfortunate that anytime a person has a critique of Israeli government policy, they are accused of being antisemitic. This undermines the real human rights abuses that are occurring as a result of Israel's policies, as well as a true nature of antisemitism that exists in Canadian society.

A critique of Saudi or Iranian government policy or human rights violations are not anti-Muslim, nor is a critique of the Modi regime in India anti-Hindu or critique of the Myanmar government anti-Buddhist. There are simply statements supporting human rights in whatever jurisdiction in which they are being violated.

Israel must be held accountable for its violations that have been documented by such venerable institutions as Human Rights Watch and  B'Tselem, just like any other nation, including Canada.

Russ Coles, Newmarket