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Orest Slepokura of Alberta, Canada, writes Tuesday, October 22, 2002



That all-purpose, one-size-fits-all smear

Re: "Robert Fisk: How to shut up your critics with a single word ," The Independent, October 21, 2002.

THE promiscuous use of the "anti-Semite" smear that Robert Fisk documents is hardly new. It's been in use for a long, long time.

Some thirty years ago, the Canadian publication United Church Observer printed a graphic photo of a Palestinian child recovering from the napalm burns she'd received in an Israeli attack during the Six Day War.

The Reverend A.C. Forrest, writing in his 1972 work The Unholy Land (The Devin-Adair Co., Old Greenwich, Conn., page 17), said of Jewish reaction to the photo:

"Later I did publish one of the pictures in the United Church Observer, of a little girl recovering from napalm burns. That, I was told, proved I was anti-Semitic. To condemn napalm in Vietnam is alright. To report its use by the Israelis is considered anti-Semitic."

Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alberta

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