Tuesday, April 16, 2013

HuffPost Bloggers: Americans Aren't "Allowed" to Discuss Israel

While Americans are currently dealing with a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Huffington Post bloggers Breyten Breytenbach (brand new) and Lawrence Weschler are here to attack Israel yet again. They reposted a letter to Netanyahu by some left-wing Israelis demanding that a Palestinian hunger striker named Samer Issawi be released. You may find that name familiar because Palestinian supporters have been doing Twitter bombs for him for the past three weeks and haven't gotten anywhere. Why? Because he had his day in court and it was found that he needs to stay in prison. Obviously this isn't enough for the Huffington Post blogger stable so they demanded that Americans "must see" the letter. 

But that isn't what made me want to write about it. Their first sentence did (emphasis mine):
"As usual, it seems, public discourse about the Palestinian situation tends to be much more vivid and vigorous in Israel itself than it ever seems allowed to become in the United States."
Yes, it is true that they used "seems" twice in that sentence, which is already disingenuous enough. But public discourse about Israel is not "allowed to become" vigorous in America? One can only ask: who is not allowing it to be vigorous? How exactly do those people stop a vivid discourse? What is their motive for doing so? And why won't the authors just come right out and say who doesn't allow free dialogue about it?

I think we all know very well where they are coming from. It just goes to show how even the most subtle forms of anti-Semitism are still given a home on the Huffington Post. It's enough to bring a smile to Michael Carmichael's face.

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