J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward writes about a side of Tony Judt that we might miss, namely his critique of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians. Goldberg: "Youll also have noticed, if you didnt know already, that he was one of Israels most controversial critics. As some obituaries noted, he was a Jew so reviled by fellow Jews that his name became virtually synonymous with Israel-hater in many circles." http://www.forward.com/articles/129965I recall Judt's performance on a panel at Cooper Union when the Mersheimer/Walt book (The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy)was disturbing so many people who had closed their minds to some critical realities. His defense of their work was admirable and reminded me of the power of intellectuals when they speak the truth (small t).

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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