D1. Reverend Bruce Shipman, Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, New Haven, Connecticut, 25 August 2014
In response to an op-ed in the New York Times on 20 August about rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Reverend Bruce Shipman, the chaplain at Yale University’s Episcopal Church, wrote a letter to the editor connecting the trend with Israel’s increasingly oppressive policies and actions vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Soon after the Times published his letter on 25 August, Shipman came under criticism from pro-Israel groups on Yale’s campus, and the school’s administration distanced itself from him. In response to the furor, on 29 August Shipman proceeded to clarify his letter and denounce anti-Semitism in the Yale Daily News, and then resign from his post on 4 September. According to the church, he did so “on his own initiative,” after only fourteen months in the job.
Shipman’s original letter to the editor is reproduced below.
Deborah E. Lipstadt makes far too little of the relationship between Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza and growing anti-Semitism in Europe and beyond.
The trend to which she alludes parallels the carnage in Gaza over the last five years, not to mention the perpetually stalled peace talks and the continuing occupation of the West Bank.
As hope for a two-state solution fades and Palestinian casualties continue to mount, the best antidote to anti-Semitism would be for Israel’s patrons abroad to press the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for final-status resolution to the Palestinian question.