If you're a fan of the blog Harry's Place, and you should be if you aren't, you probably already know about Raed Salah, who has engaged in blood libel and claimed the Jews were behind 9/11, among other such lovely statements. Lately there has been a controversy because the British authorities are deciding whether or not to let him into the country. If they decide not to that would be follow a precedent started by the banning of Michael Savage. And it is also interesting timing, considering Israel's recent decision to declare Gunter Grass persona non grata.
Now the Huffington Post UK has finally noticed this story in the form of a blog post by Alan Johnson, who works for BICOM. He explains the story including filling in some details like Salah's hatred of gay people (shocker) and his love for Hamas and Osama Bin Laden.
Of course, like good little lefists, the "mere anti-Zionist" Huffington Posters came out in force to defend Salah. Not directly, of course, because there is still some shame in being openly anti-Semitic. So instead most of them resort to the classic talking point of the red herring, going after Israel and ignoring Salah all together:
Though there were a couple who stayed generally on topic, and their posts were very interesting indeed:
Now "Fireslayer" here, a known anti-Zionist, doesn't approve of Salah's comments. But Salah is not "anti-Semitic," or "incites hatred," or anything stronger than "he says lots of bizarre things so who cares." Somehow I doubt that if we were talking about an extremist rabbi in Israel he would be so willing to give the subject the benefit of the doubt.
And that's kind of the point. Funny how all of our mere "anti-Zionist" friends show up whenever a radical Islamist is raging about Jews (and Jews are fighting back). I'm sure that's just a coincidence though.