Jonathan Freedland’s refreshingly lucid defense of Israel, and criticism of those who continue, despite all the evidence, to defend the Goldstone Report (CiF, April 7), elicited a very large volume of reader comments – many expressing a visceral animosity towards the Jewish state that’s become one of the defining features of those who subscribe to the Guardian’s ideology. Here’s a sampling.
Israel is a uniquely cruel and self-righteous nation. Her supporters abroad are more loyal to Israel than their own nation: Dual Loyalty Charge. (319 Recommends)
The world only accepts Israel’s uniquely brutal behavior due to (presumably post-Holocaust) guilt. (180 Recommends)
Israel has committed “near genocide” against the Palestinians (284 Recommends)
Israel is a “settler colonial state”. The media are dominated by pro-Israel propaganda. (55 Recommends)
Israel, like racist institutions and nations of the past, will eventually be defeated and cease to exist.