Too Easy On Soros


Your editorial, “George Soros As Scapegoat” (Dec. 14), describes Soros as “a critic of Israeli policies” and “one who does not identify as a Zionist.” This characterization of Soros is far from the reality of his anti-Zionism.

Some years ago, my wife and I attended the annual dinner of the YIVO organization as guests of the late Fanya Heller. Soros was the guest speaker and early in his remarks spoke of the tragedy when victims become perpetrators. In a banquet hall filled primarily with Holocaust survivors, he went on to describe the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces as no different than those of the Nazi storm troopers. This so horrified the audience that several people rose up and booed Soros and walked out. The incident was reported by JTA and printed in this newspaper.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance published a “Working Definition of Anti-Semitism” in 2016 which includes the following example (among others) of anti-Semitism: “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” This definition has been endorsed by the U.S. State Department, the European Union and the United Nations. For this newspaper to focus its editorial concerns on this Jewish anti-Semite and ignore his anti-Israel statements and behavior is a travesty.