Zola, wrote Podhoretz, “charged that the persecutors of Dreyfus were using anti-Semitism as a screen for their reactionary political designs.”
Podhoretz then delivered his own J’Accuse:
“I charge here that the anti-Semitic attacks on Israel…are also a cover. They are a cover for a loss of American nerve. They are a cover for acquiescence in terrorism. They are a cover for the appeasement of totalitarianism.
“And I accuse all those who have joined in these attacks not merely of anti-Semitism but of the broader sin of faithlessness to the interests of the United States and indeed to the values of Western civilization as a whole.”