Stephen Sedley and John Spencer take issue with the Israeli ambassadorThe Israeli ambassador’s letter (6 April) is a good example of how Israel and its apologists seek to dismiss legitimate criticism by conflating it with antisemitism.

Rather than acknowledge, much less deal with, the grounds on which Israel faces widespread  and justified criticism – including the illegal settlements on Palestinian land, the military occupation of the West Bank, and now the shooting of unarmed civilians in Gaza – Mr Regev, by denouncing what he calls “the obsessional and irrational hatred of the Jewish state”, seeks to characterise Israel’s critics – who include many Jews – as antisemites.

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