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On Repetition

The end of Aimee Smith’s latest column [“Betrayed by My Country,” Nov. 14] suggests that she feels that if she publicly repeats certain anti-Israel slurs as many times as she’s had to repeat the Pledge of Allegiance, people will start to believe them. For example, she would have you assume that Israel is “apartheid.” If so, it’s a very odd form of apartheid, in which Rifat Turk, the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, is an Arab, as are multiple member’s of the country’s Knesset (Parliament), all elected to office under the same rules and by the same populace as their Jewish colleagues. To those who are interested in reading a detailed critique of the type of false claims about Israel’s origins and nature that Dr. Smith and others often sneak into these pages, I strongly recommend the just-published paper “An Answer to the New Anti-Zionists” by Dore Gold and Jeff Helmreich at

Isaac Moses G