STILL MORE ON NIGHTLINE from reader Aaron Schatz:
I saw it also. I felt the problem was there was nobody to argue why SOME anti-Zionism IS antisemitism. Weisel was shockingly weak.
Koppel tried to say that burning down synagogues is not a reasonable protest against Israeli actions, but by making the second half of the program an attack on Israeli policies by Hitchens, it really dulled the message. It came off as “Israel is wrong, the Jews deserve all this.”
I think the best comparison is this: can you imagine if the Free Tibet folks burned down Chinese restaurants in the USA beause they didn’t like China’s actions in Tibet? Of course not.