Your June 11 coverage of rallies in support of Israel in the wake of the flotilla projects an overly optimistic portrait of community involvement that does not reflect reality. A few protests maxing out at 2,000 or so people mean nothing in what is a rapidly escalating and sophisticated public relations campaign. Where is our leadership? Where is the rally on the Mall in D.C. that this very dangerous situation demands?
This is a war of delegitimization of Israel and, by extension, the Jews on this planet. The American Jewish community, and its allies, must put together a very public response to this delegitimizing atrocity and must do it soon. We cannot afford to repeat the non-response that took place in this country during the Holocaust. Delegitimizing Jews – isn’t that what Hitler did first?