Defamatory statement must be clarified

To the Editor:

While I recognize that the statement "fight the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza" was not that of your reporter, I think such a defamatory and incorrect statement must be clarified by JTA.

The legality of a blockade to prevent the further importation of missiles that have been used indescriminately against Israeli citizens is easily defended. If truth is not defended, by publishing this statement (and with such prominence), JTA is promoting that erroneous view. The opposition to Israel, and to all free peoples, is never reticent in defending their hate-based narrative; they promote it at every opportunity. We need to be at least as vigilant in defeating falsehoods and defending truth.

Norm Singer
Highland Park, N.J.

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