In a letter-to-the-editor written by Allen Mears in The Washington Post on 12/15/23, he asks, “why is it that a critical comment by almost anyone on the war in Gaza is cast as antisemitic?” It is safe to say that the outpouring of critics and protestors in the United States against Israel in the Gaza/Israel war has been greater than in any war since Vietnam, and we are not even in this one! Hundreds of thousands have protested in Washington DC, New York City, college campuses and most major cities in America. Since Vietnam, the numbers of casualties from other wars has dwarfed what has happened in Gaza to say the least: 5.4 million people have been killed in Congo, 150,000 in Yemen, 350,000 in Syria, and 500,000 in Ukraine – to name a few recent wars.
Estimates from the terrorist organization Hamas and their health ministry show 18,000 deaths though they don’t separate out the terrorists from that figure which accordingly leads one to suspect the accuracy of that count. Israel has taken precautions to reduce civilian casualties, greater than in any war in history, including texting civilians and providing corridors to escape the battles.
Mr. Mears says, “I believe civilians in Gaza are needlessly being killed, and I know in my heart that my comment is not meant to be racist or antisemitic.” The question that I would ask Mr. Mears is, why does he “believe” that? He provided no evidence civilians in Gaza “are needlessly being killed” and he omitted whether he protested the other wars, including those in Congo, Yemen, Syria, or Ukraine where significant multiples of those killed in Gaza occurred. So what else can anyone rationally conclude about Mears?