That’s a relief; Greens Senator isn’t anti-Semitic

The fact that Lee Rhiannon has to write this letter to Murdoch’s Australian shows the debased nature of the “debate” in this country:

David Syme’s accusation that I am anti-Semitic is false (Letters, 30/8). On many occasions I have condemned anti-Semitism.

I regularly speak out in support of multiculturalism and human rights and oppose racism and bigotry. The allegation against me has been made with no proof because there is none.

My criticism of the Israeli government and military for abuses against Palestinian families cannot be construed as anti-Semitic.

I find that people who make accusations about me being anti-Semitic are attempting to silence criticism of Israel’s human rights abuses such as the blockade of Gaza.

Lee Rhiannon, Sydney, NSW