Michael Rabb, the person who has been leading unsuccessful efforts to get the University of Colorado to divest investments from companies who do business in Israel, is inciting more mayhem in Boulder. He wrote a despicable letter to the editor of the Daily Camera that was published on Saturday. Mr. Rabb is inviting people to attend a “vigil” next Saturday morning at Boulder’s Congregation Bonai Shalom to protest the “ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population of Palestine.” You can read a copy of his letter to the editor here.
We felt that his invective could not go unanswered. As a result, we submitted the following letter to the editor this morning:
Michael Rabb’s proposal (Letters, 11/10) to protest at a Jewish place of worship in Boulder is despicable and offensive. Rabb seeks to demonize worshipers simply because they share a religion with political leaders he opposes half a world away in Israel. Rabb’s allegations of ethnic cleansing are so far over the top, that we are confident readers will easily recognize his one-sided, distorted, unfair narrative for what it is: a blatant attempt to blame all Boulder Jews based on his misrepresentations of actions of Israelis. Rather than deal in facts and the reality of a very complicated situation, Rabb resorts to the shameful tactics of extremists and bigots everywhere when he distorts facts and then applies those “facts” to generate stereotypes about an entire religion.
Like all people in this country, the Jews of Boulder are entitled to go to their houses of worship so they may pray free from intimidation. Mr. Rabb owes an apology to the Jewish people for his bigoted, insensitive tactics, and the Daily Camera should be ashamed to have given him a platform to promote them.
Scott L. Levin
Regional Director, Mountain States Region
I would like to thank Sara-Jane and Bill Cohen, Jerry Pinsker and Tom Trager of our Boulder Steering Committee for bringing this matter to our attention.
Scott L. Levin
Mountain States Region
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1301
Denver, CO 80203-2140
303-830-7177 ext. 215 (phone)