TO THE EDITOR:
On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Durham and Chapel-Hill (JFDCH), we are responding to your “Oppression spreads beyond any nation’s borders” editorial.
First, we at the Federation agree and stand with Prof. Lewis Margolis and Ms. Linda Frankel’s Sept. 30 response because we too think that drawing false equivalence to the Israeli Palestinian conflict is inappropriate. There are a myriad of historical and existential reasons for correcting this alleged linkage that give rise to our concern. Moreover, it detracts from the conversation about racial discrimination and minority rights away from our conditions here in the U.S. The Jewish community in the U.S. has a long history of supporting the rights of minorities, fighting against civil, economic and racial inequality, and we continue to support efforts to move the conversation ahead constructively in our current day and age.
Our mutual goal is to preserve human rights in all the world. For everyone’s sake, we urge editorial restraint of articles that incite discriminatory anti-Zionist positions.
Prof. Philip Singer and
Co-Presidents of JFDCH
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