Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another HuffPo Blogger Challenges Israel's Right to Exist

Some Huffington Post bloggers make their hatred of Israel and/or the Jewish people obvious. Like Sharmine Narwani or Ahmed Moor. Others creep up on you, like Michael Carmichael. We have an example of the latter today.

Valerie Keefe is a Huffington Post Canada blogger who usually writes about women's and gender issues. In other words, classic Huffington Post blogger material. However, recently she showed up in a thread about Haredim issues in Israel and had some things to say:

Isn't it interesting how a "criticism" of Israel's "policy" suddenly turns into a question of "legitimacy?" Maybe she said that the policy lacks I find it difficult to believe that it was just a coincidence that Ms. Keefe happened to use that word in this particular instance.

The rest of the post is simply a spotlight on her ignorance: Israel has never evaluated the success of a military mission by ignoring civilian casualties, nor does she have any proof they view every civilian as "partly" a combatant. This stands in strong opposition to Israel's enemies who evaluate how successful their operations are by the number of civilian casualties: i.e. more is better. Nor do I believe that NATO cares much how many civilians they kill, at least as far as I can tell.

When challenged by Huffington Posters on this remark, Ms. Keefe's defense is "I'm Canadian." Seriously, take a look at the thread if you don't believe me.


  1. I don't challenge Israel's right to exist. I'm a strong supporter of Israel's right to exist, which is why their actions in the last decade make me concerned for their future.

    I do challenge Likudists who believe that Israel has a right to disrupt and deny a viable Palestinian state. If Britain treated non-state belligerents the way Israel does, there'd still be British troops in Dublin today.

    And yes, when called a hypocrite since 'your country invaded Iraq in 2003,' I'm going to mention that not only was I not a citizen of a belligerent nation, I also opposed that war too. That's when my Canadian citizenship came up.

    1. Hi Ms. Keefe, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      When you wrote "gain any legitimacy," I interpreted that as an attack on Israel's legitimacy. Your comments in the thread seemed to indicate that was where you were coming from. Numerous HP bloggers and posters write that "Israel has no legitimacy" i.e. right to exist. If that is not what you meant, that is great news, however it certainly came off that way.

      However I still would like to know how you came to the conclusion that Israel doesn't care about civilian casualties in comparison to say, NATO. And why, if they didn't, that somehow calls its legitimacy into question. This would not be true of any other state.

      You're basically saying "Israel needs to fight the way I say it should or else it has no legitimacy/doesn't deserve to exist." You're contradicting yourself: you say one thing on the Huffington Post and then you say another thing here.

      Let me know when you figure it out.


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