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Debbie Schlussel and Masada2000: Match Made in the Gutter

Tonight a rare thing has happened.  When someone from Campus Watch tries to publish a comment at this site it’s always because Daniel Pipes or one of his minions is taking another pot shot at me.  But tonight, the comment linked to a post by Islamophobe wingnut Debbie Schlussel.  Surprisingly, the post had nothing directly to do with me.  But was it ever rich!

Before we review Schlussel’s ravings, we should say a word about another site, Masada2000.  This is a Kahanist hate-site filled with spew against liberal Jews, Arabs, rabbis insufficiently pro-Israel, gay Jews, feminists, you name it.  Though the site owner attempts to conceal his identity, it is one of the worst kept secrets of the internet that the site is likely maintained by Victor Vancier aka Chaim ben Pesach (I would welcome any further evidence from readers on that score).  Vancier was a national leader of the JDL in its heyday and spent 10 years in the federal slammer for throwing hand grenades and smoke bombs into opera halls and the like whenever Soviet arts groups performed in New York.

Vancier, now calling himself Chaim ben Pesach (formerly Chaim ben Yosef), runs another Kahane-wanna[be] site called Jewish Task Force which, along with Masada2000, is perhaps the vilest Jewish website I’ve ever come across.  A member of its discussion forum once wished cancer of the rectum on me.  Oh, it’s a swell bunch I tell you.

Getting back to Debbie, she’s on the warpath because three moderate Republicans (yes, Virginia, there are a few) created Repubicans for Obama: Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee and Rita Hauser.  The one that really sticks in Deb’s craw is Hauser, a wealthy New York corporate lawyer and former president of the University of Miami.  Hauser has held numerous power positions running various Jewish organizations and been a political fixture as a donor to Republican presidential campaigns over many years.

One has to be careful crediting anything a lunatic like Deb has to say–but according to her, Hauser’s foundation was “the funder” of the Edward Said chair at Columbia University and her law firm represented the interests of the PLO during Arafat’s day.  In the eyes of a rabid Israel-Uber-Alles supporter like Schlussel this is tantamount to a betrayal of one’s race.  So it is fitting that as she foams at the mouth against Hauser, Schlussel invokes none other than Masada2000:

The most spot-on description of Rita Hauser is on Masada 2000 (with background music of “Who Let The Dogs Out?”), where she is a member of the Jewish S.H.I.T. (Self-Hating and/or Israel-Threatening Jews). Here’s just a tad:

“Her unsolicited meddling on behalf of the Jewish State led to the Oslo Peace Accords and the resulting murder of more than 1,400 Jews! But this lady is not through with Israel yet, in fact, not by a long shot. On a Oct.14, 2003 C-SPAN2 speech, she told her audience, “It’s a moral duty to speak out against Israel” followed by “The Oslo Process was the best thing that ever happened to Israel!” … ‘a joyous moment.'”
Read the rest.

Just as an antidote to this lunacy, let’s note this paragraph at the Fulbright Association which accompanies the news that she has been awarded its lifetime achievement award:

Rita Hauser, a Fulbright fellow in France in 1954-55, chairs the International Peace Academy, a research body affiliated with the United Nations. Ms. Hauser, an international lawyer, was the founding chair of the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. She is a director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the RAND Corporation, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among other organizations. In 1997, she and her husband founded the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, where she sits on the Visiting Committee of the John F. Kennedy School.

Omitted here is her role in government service during the administration of George Bush pere. Do I even need to say the idea of blaming her for Oslo or killing Jews is a calumny of the worst kind?  I’d venture to say that the CSPAN “quotations” are probably also fabricated, as is most of the material at Masada2000.

Three web hosts have taken down Masada2000 for content so vile it violated their terms of service. Vancier is so paranoid about concealing his identity he’s violated the provisions of ICANN by registering Masada2000 using fraudulent contact data.  The site is registered to a “T. Williams” (a reference to former baseball star, Ted Williams), whose address happens to be the cryogenics facility where Ted Williams’ body was preserved for some time after his death.  A stupid “in-joke.”  But the joke’s on ICANN and the registrar.  Neither of them, to whom the violation has been reported, can be bothered to enforce their own regulations.  The Washington Post has noted the pervasiveness of this general phenomenon and how little ICANN is doing about it.

You’ll note that Schlussel, exhibiting typically feeble wit, says of Hauser’s involvement with Republicans for Obama:

…With Hauser at the forefront, they might as well call the group Lewinskys for Arafat.

Masada2000 advocates sexual violence against Jewish women

Masada2000 advocates sexual violence against Jewish women

She, of course, would like to conjure in your mind Dr. Hauser, like Lewinsky, performing a certain sex act on Yaser Arafat and Palestinians in general. Sadly, No! memorably described this passage:

…Rita Hauser…is a…fellatrix of Yasser Arafat’s dead penis

This is of a peace with the rhetoric spewed by Masada2000 attacking Rabbis Michael Lerner and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi:

“What’s with this guy!! Is he some sort of pervert? As part of his ordination of Lerner, did Schachter-Shalomi ask Lerner how he strokes it?”

Masada2000 obsession with Arab sex fantasy

Masada2000 pornographic obsession with Jewish-Arab sex

Also quite charming is the page dedicated to mocking Jewish women peace activists (including rabbis) saying “a few leftist chicks in need of a good reaming” with the “Palestinian peace dildo.”  I have a question for Debbie Schlussel: how do you feel now linking to a Jewish site that advocates raping Jewish women? Or dare we say that you and Masada2000 are made for each other?

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • gene schulman August 18, 2008, 1:46 AM

    There really are a lot of crazies out there. These Jewish nuts are as bad, if not worse than the Evangelicals or Islamist fanatics. It makes one ashamed for the human race, let alone heirs of Spinoza.

    It’s too bad you juxtaposed this trash with Jonah’s innocent and charming drawings. On the other hand, maybe that’s what is needed as a cathartic for the preceding trash.

    Thanks for both, Richard.

  • americangoy August 18, 2008, 7:43 PM


    That dildo picture… it’s a bit much.

    Brings the point across though.

    Loony doesn’t even begin to describe this lunacy.

  • fiddler August 19, 2008, 10:29 AM

    I note you’re on Masada2000’s “SHIT” list, along with many others whose company I’d regard the highest honour. Even Judah Magnes, lo and behold, is there (although that might just be Jerry Haber).
    Their language though is straight out of The Eternal Jew.

    @Gene: if these lunatics are heirs of Spinoza then Julius Streicher was a heir of Goethe.

  • gene schulman August 19, 2008, 2:04 PM


    Sorry, I may have misstated myself. I didn’t mean them, I meant us – you and I, and Richard are the heirs of Spinoza. I hope.

  • americangoy August 19, 2008, 3:00 PM

    “if these lunatics are heirs of Spinoza then Julius Streicher was a heir of Goethe.”

    hee hee hee brilliant line.

  • LeaNder August 19, 2008, 4:20 PM

    Richard this reminded me of your experiences with the Masada2000-style-ideologues:

    Lauren Booth: Psychological Terrorism

  • Richard Silverstein August 19, 2008, 5:36 PM

    @gene schulman:

    I only hope that I can be worthy to be Spinoza’s heir.

    On a humorous note, whenever I hear that a fellow Jew is ostracized for their political views or hounded out of a job with a Jewish organization for violating communal consensus over some issue or another I always jokingly invite them to join the Spinoza Society, a group of honorable Jews whose views are too hot for the community to handle. If it was good enough for Spinoza, then it’s good enough for me.

  • beth August 20, 2008, 5:09 AM

    The sexual fantasies of Debbie, Masada2000 and there ilk are just sick.

  • gene schulman August 20, 2008, 9:07 AM


    Ethically, morally and intellectually, you are worthy. You just have to remember one thing; Spinoza did a way with “God.” As did Einstein. Are you willing to do that? I did, a long time ago.

  • Richard Silverstein August 20, 2008, 12:38 PM

    @gene schulman:

    I consider myself an agnostic & am not prepared to do away with God entirely as I feel too close to my religious tradition to do so.

    You certainly know more about Spinoza than I, but I always had the impression that he was deeply imbued with an interest in theology and inquiring into the nature of the divine or at least of what some of us might call the divine.

  • John Dickerson August 22, 2008, 10:02 PM

    (Is it just me or) Does’t that particular subset of wingnuts seem to have a very profound anal fixation?

  • Richard Silverstein August 22, 2008, 10:23 PM

    @John Dickerson: Oh yeah. I don’t believe I ever saved this comment but…one of them wrote this horrific, graphic sexual fantasy/nightmare suggesting I should be raped by an Arab male. There is a lot of sexual domination, sadism, shame and humilitation at work in their libidos. One can only wonder where this stuff comes from in their twisted psyches.

  • Phil S May 1, 2009, 10:27 PM

    You are 100% wrong. Masada2000 is not the creation of Chaim Ben Pesach or Victor Vancier. I used to chat with the creator of Masada2000 and I know someone who met him personally. He is an extremely witty individual with a wild sense of humor as you should be able to tell from the website. It is not Chaim.

    • Richard Silverstein May 1, 2009, 10:49 PM

      He is an extremely witty individual with a wild sense of humor as you should be able to tell from the website.

      I guess wit and humor is in the eye of the beholder. If you think calling for the rape of Jewish women is witty or humorous, then I guess you’re right.

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