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.
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?”
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?