Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Open Letter To Philip Weiss

Dear Phil,

I understand that, in Weissworld, it is considered a compliment to be singled out as a representative of the mainstream media, someone “finally” alienated from Israeli policy—and, as an additional commendation, to be credited with having termed Israeli attacks in Gaza as a “war crime.”  I think that anyone who bothers to read the whole article—to which you curiously provide a link—will immediately see how seriously you’ve flattened my views.  I write, among other things:

Familiar, finally, is the posturing and the doublespeak, Hamas’s Big Lie countered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s half-truths. A senior Hamas official told Haaretz, “When Israel started operating against our people, some decided it was time to act and show that we are one people and one nation that must defend our people in the West Bank.” As if Hamas defends its people by provoking luridly photogenic attacks on Gazans; as if launching Iranian-made missiles, acquired through its Sinai tunnels, does not appear to justify the Israeli siege that Hamas says it is trying to break; as if Hamas has not consolidated an occupation regime of its own, plunging Gaza into a parochial horror in which almost ninety per cent of adults live in poverty.

“The difference between us is simple,” Netanyahu says. “We develop defensive systems against missiles in order to protect our civilians, and they use their civilians to protect their missiles.” That’s a good line, and even a true one. But it’s also true that the Israeli government knew the kidnapped teens were almost certainly dead when, in an alleged desperate effort to save them, it began a crackdown that resulted in hundreds of Hamas supporters being thrown in prison. More plausibly, it took this opportunity to crush Hamas as a political force. Netanyahu and Israeli military tacticians openly consider all homes of known Hamas officials or fighters to be part of Hamas “infrastructure.” Bombing these homes every few years—“mowing the lawn,” as one commander put it before earlier Gaza operations—demonstrates that Israel will not shrink from inflicting hundreds of random civilian casualties, through which it hopes to discredit Hamas. If you don’t think this is a war crime, talk to your Palestinian friends.

Justice Goldstone established what war crimes are. I won’t compete with him here. Let us say neither Hamas nor the IAF are doing credit to the human species, whose record wasn’t great to begin with. I clearly meant that both sides are cynical about civilian casualties in Gaza, tolerating them, even using them, for alleged strategic gain. Where, in your blog, is a post about how missile attacks ought to distance us from Hamas? Anyway, even if Israeli strikes can be vaguely justified as a response to them, you need to be incapable of compassion, or devoid of Palestinian friends, to refrain from seeing the bombing as criminally cavalier.  This is what I argued, which is not really what you insinuate, is it?

I also consider that “finally” condescending. You write: "It is just a matter of time before some liberal Zionists (who are merely the most amenable voice inside a reactionary American support community) begin to jump off the Zionist tank.” Presumably, people like myself, otherwise reactionary liberal Zionists, are finally summoning the courage to come around to your principled alienation. This isn’t the place, either, to explain all the ways I find your views about historic Zionism misinformed, even crude, and your political analysis one-sided. But some of us, in and out of Israel, have been willing to take the unpleasant consequences of non-conformity, criticizing the occupation and its consequences—including arguably just wars that might nevertheless have been avoided—since the time of Golda Meir. However queasy we may feel about Weissworld’s tribute, we certainly weren’t waiting for its spine.

Best, Bernie


Gordon Silverman said...

Thank goodness that there is a sane commentator among all those people, both on the right and on the left, who can only write venomous, hate-filled articles

Larry Snider said...

Everybody needs cheerleaders and Phil Weiss's column is a call from the left of the left of the American Jewish Community to encourage all those only on the left to jump into the deep end of the pool while covering their eyes, holding their noses, blocking theirs ears and closing their minds. What's left are hearts that ache in deference to the killing of human beings, (which remains true for almost all of us.)

Y. Ben-David said...

Phil Weiss is probably the most widely known Jewish antisemite today, although Gilad Atzmon is competing with him for the title. The neo-Nazis love his posts and quote them. There is nothing new in the existence of Jews like him. The USSR's "Yevsektsia" was full of them....Jews who were dedicated to tracking down and sending "parochial" religious Jews and Zionists to the Siberian GULAG in the name of the "universalist Stalinist workers paradise".
However, in a weird way, you have to wonder his ability to delude himself. While millions of Jews and non-Jews around the world support Zionist Israel, he finds one oddball who claims that after years of supporting Israel, they suddenly discover the supposed "truth" of the Palestinian "narrative" and comes out against Israel and Zionism, Phil becomes ecstatic. I guess he figures at that rate, the majority of Jews will turn against Israel and Zionism in the next half-million years or so, of course neglecting the large numers of Jews who come from assimilated or anti-Zionist backgrounds and who get turned on to Israel and traditional Judaism.
Some examples were more than one of the soldiers from the US who have been serving in the current war in Gaza.
I guess Phil is proof that there is no limit to self-delusion.

Potter said...

I really didn't know what to make of Phil Weiss's blog post with that big photo of you. I'm glad you drew the line.1

Potter said...

"I guess Phil is proof that there is no limit to self-delusion"

Y Ben David ..and you prove that too. Weiss is no anti-Semite just ant -Zionist. He's misguided in thinking that some who he'd like to have on his side,the deep end, like BA here, are now swimming over finally because Israel seems to be even more mad in it's delusion and self-destruction. No, this is more and deep despair about the direction Israel has taken and simply showing,as ever, humanity and compassion,lacking amongst the cheering and scurrying, the justification and hate.Especially during this very sorry time, a very sorry time not only for Palestinians but for Jews Israelis, some unfortunately are deluded about it too as I if they are winning or could win this way. Anyway that's my take.

Dan Livni said...

Look how sick Mondoweiss is.
"Zionist pigs" travel from official Arab media to Mondoweiss
April 14, 2014

Dan Livni said...

Mondoweiss has had writers like
Alan Sabrosky and Jeff Blankfort
claim 9/11 was done by the Jews and that the Holocaust didn't happen.
These are the crazies writing on Mondoweiss.
May 8, 2014

Alan Sabrosky, wrote at Mondoweiss that “an awful lot of American Jews” are “agents of a foreign government” and called for “excising” the cancer. Elsewhere he wrote that, “I don’t care if we’re called anti-Semites or not,” claimed that most American Jews are “traitors” and accused Israel of being behind the September 11 attacks.

Dan Livni said...

Jeffrey Blankfort is another writer for Moronweiss.

Jeff Blankfort appeared on Hesham Tillawi’s radio show five years ago – and on that show, he defended David Duke, challenged the historicity of the Holocaust, and suggested that Mossad was responsible for 9/11.

Dan Livni said...

Some more good info about MoronWeiss as i call them.

Max Blumenthal tried to say a Thai worker massacred the Fogel family in Itamar 3 years ago.
After Itamar: Exploring the cynical logic that makes everyone a target
Max Blumenthal on March 15, 2011

My comments.
Even after it became known that Palestinians committed the massacre, Blumenthal made excuses for these Arab terrorists.
The man is a sicko who turns a blind eye to the Palestinians racist media against Israel.

Dan Livni said...

Here is Annie Robbins of MoronWeiss saying that foreign workers murdered the Fogels in Itamar and not the Palestinians. Annie cant believe that Palestinians would massacre Israeli civilians.
Itamar video says settlement had night-and-day perimeter surveillance
Annie Robbins
April 5, 2011
As Caroline Glick said, The fact that the Palestinians from Fatah and Hamas alike are Jew-hating racists should surprise no one who has been paying a modicum of attention to the Palestinian media and general culture. Since the PA was established in 1994 in the framework of the peace process between Israel and the PLO, it has used the media organs, schools and mosques it controls to spew out a constant flow of anti-Semitic propaganda. Much of the Jew-hating bile is indistinguishable from anti-Jewish propaganda published by the Nazis.

Dan Livni said...

Here's another lying article by Mondoweiss.
Mondoweiss wrote an article claiming that a security guard murdered a Jew thinking he was a Palestinian cause the person yelled Al Akhbar
It turned out this was a BS story by the guard who was Druze and not Jewish.

The Druze murdered the Jewish person because he criticized the Druze guard and the Druze guard after he murdered Doron Ben Shlush made up the whole story about him person yelling Al Akhbar.
Again, no retraction from the Mondoweiss liars.

Here's the lying article by Mondoweiss.
Police kill Israeli-Jew near Western Wall after mistaking him for a Palestinian
Allison Deger on June 21, 2013

Here is the truth what happened.
Western Wall security guard charged with murder
Police believe Hadi Kabalan shot and killed Doron Ben Shlush over racist comments, not because he suspected terrorism

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Dan Livni said...

Mr Elder has tons of articles exposing Mondoweiss for the liars they are.
Just go on this link.

Dan Livni said...

Mondocrooks caught lying again.
Mondoweiss' fundraising hoax

As reported here yesterday, the blog Mondoweiss first published, then rescinded without explanation, a fundraising plea falsely claiming the blog needed help because it was "under Israeli attack".

When a regular reader who had seen the original version posted a sympathetic comment asking what form the Israeli attack on Mondoweiss had taken, an editor of the blog was forced to admit that the charge had been false, but failed to explain how it came to be published. The headline was changed to something innocuous and the fraud was forgotten. (Read here

Potter said...

I wish there was some monitoring here. But no monitoring in a way exposes the nervousness and irrationality of some like the above.

Phil Weiss has plenty of material to work with so I doubt the lack of the rest of the truth otherwise not covered. Some of the reporting of this madness and horror has been nowhere else-- I doubt it's untruthful from people on the scene who must be horrified themselves by what they see. I hear that those in Israel do not read or hear about the damage and the deaths on their regular news peppered with propaganda. The propaganda has also infected our news here in the US. Compassion seems to be anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic. That is how low things have gotten.

Dan Livni said...

“Appalling Attack On UN Compound” Proved As A Fake Staged Pallywood Operation
August 5, 2014

The latest Pallywood show from Hamas that fooled the world that wanted to be fooled.

Dan Livni said...

Mondoweiss supports Palestinian terrorists murdering Jewish parents in front of their children.
Mondoweiss' sickening equivalence
October 02, 2015

Dan Livni said...
Mondoweiss' fawning interview with a terrorist Leila Khaled, the notorious hijacker from the 1970s,
April 08, 2014