Drop the labels


To the Editor:

Shame on JTA for using phrases like "neoconservative" and "neocon" to describe pro-Israel organizations and people. These are code words used by Israel haters and anti-Semites to mask their bigotry against Jews and the
Jewish state. A "Jewish" news agency should know better than to write to please such audiences.

Your story does not mention that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are radical leftists, so there should be no reason to use terms like "conservative," "right wing" and the like to describe the role of the Emergency Committee for Israel.

David Heller
Potomac, Md.

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