Smear and loathing

The following letter appears in today’s Sydney Morning Herald:

Robert Magid’s letter (March 18) justifying his decision to suppress an ad for Professor Jeff Halper’s speaking tour in The Australian Jewish News is a classic of smearing by association. He brings up all the bogymen calculated to upset his target audience and therefore make his decision seem reasonable. Terrorists, swastikas, Bali bombing: Professor Halper, who supports none of these things, barely rates a mention. Anyone interested in intelligent discussion of issues such as the Israeli Defence Force’s demolition of Palestinian homes should steer clear of such groupthink.

Andrew Worssam Bondi