Your article on BDS makes several egregious and common errors. (“BDS Money Trail Suggests Opaque Funding Network,” Oct. 16).
You conflate criticism of Israeli government policies and actions with anti-Semitism. It is no more true than to say that criticizing Jim Crow policies in the South made one anti-white.
The article tries to mystify and impugn the funding of pro-Palestinian groups while admitting that Israel and anti-Arab American millionaires fund their demonization with huge amounts of money. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), with whom I work, raise most of their money from rank-and-file supporters. Universities are not only often non-supportive but require SJP chapters to provide and pay for extraordinary security.
As a secular Jewish doctor who has traveled to Palestine six times, I can attest that most Palestinians very carefully teach their children to differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. This is definitely not the case with Zionist Israelis and Americans, who demonize all Arabs or supporters of the rights of Palestinians.