Scott L. Levin: Don't stereotype all Jewish people on Israel
Date: November 14, 2012
The Boulder Daily Camera published the following letter to the editor from Scott Levin, ADL Mountain States Regional Director, in response to a letter published by the newspaper from a Boulder anti-Israel activist detailing a proposed protest at a synagogue in Boulder:
Michael Rabb's proposal (Open Forum, Nov. 10) to protest at a Jewish place of worship in Boulder is despicable and offensive.
Rabb seeks to demonize worshippers simply because they share a religion with political leaders he opposes half a world away in Israel. Rabb's allegations of ethnic cleansing are so far over the top that we are confident readers will easily recognize his one-sided, distorted, unfair narrative for what it is: a blatant attempt to blame all Boulder Jews based on his misrepresentations of actions of Israelis.
Rather than deal in facts and the reality of a very complicated situation, Rabb resorts to the shameful tactics of extremists and bigots everywhere when he distorts facts and then applies those "facts" to generate stereotypes about an entire religion.
Like all people in this country, the Jews of Boulder are entitled to go to their houses of worship so they may pray free from intimidation. Mr. Rabb owes an apology to the Jewish people for his bigoted, insensitive tactics, and the Daily Camera should be ashamed to have given him a platform to promote them.
SCOTT L. LEVIN
Regional Director, Mountain States Region, Anti-Defamation League, Denver