Oh dear, oh dear. Daniel Seaman, one of the Israeli government’s ace hasbara flacks has stuck his foot in it again. Earlier today, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died when he opened a safe that had remained unopened for thirty years. Apparently, there were explosives inside which exploded. His death was accidental and not the result of a terror attack.
In yet another deeply offensive social media gaffe, Seaman published the Facebook post (his account from which the offending post has been scrubbed) displayed here. Note that he placed the word “ambassador” in quotation marks as if to imply that Palestine wasn’t a country and couldn’t possibly have an ambassador. This coming from an Israeli “diplomat” who serves a government that claims to support a two-state solution.
A further note of explanation is in order explaining the “natural causes” crack. It refers to Seaman’s implied reference to Palestinian terrorism being the natural condition of all Palestinians, especially those serving the Palestinian government. Hence someone who dies in an explosion may be said, in Seaman’s twisted hasbara-world to have “died of natural causes.”
All this from an Israeli government official who’s yet again endangered Israel’s relationship with another country, this time Palestine. In this case, there is a deep fissure between the two regarding the stalled peace talks, which John Kerry is trying desperately to revive. This is all Israel needs to show Palestine and the world what it really thinks of Palestinians.
But this is relatively mild compared to Seaman’s past offences. As director of the government press office he routinely threatened to revoke the credentials of foreign journalists whose reporting was a tad too independent for his taste. Last August, to ‘commemorate’ the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Seaman had this to say:
“I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups the world over holding their annual self-righteous commemorations for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims,” Seaman wrote on his Facebook page. “Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the consequence of Japanese aggression. You reap what you sow.”
That caused an enormous row with the new nationalist Japanese government, which tends to dispute (wrongly or rightly) the view of Japan as sole aggressors during WWII. This was but one in a long string of such indiscretions:
They included a response to a demand by the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, for an end to new settlement expansion that read: “Is there a diplomatic way of saying ‘Go F*** yourself’?”
At the start of Ramadan, Seaman posted: “Does the commencement of the fast of the Ramadan means [sic] that Muslims will stop eating each other during the daytime?”
In response to a Church of Scotland report that argued that Jews do not have a divine right to the land, he wrote: “Why do they think we give a flying F*** what you have to say?”
Seaman was suspended from his government job and a new initiative he’d planned to pay hundreds of Israeli university students to form astro-turf groups to post social media propaganda for Israel was shelved. At least I believe it was. Seaman’s LinkedIn and Wikipedia accounts still list his old job at a ministry that is now defunct. They do not list the university hasbara job, whose title was to be “director of interactive media.” So either he was never reinstated after his August suspension and he never bothered to update his online bios; or he still works for the government but in a different job than the one he’s currently listing.
Seaman is another in a long line of American Jewish extremist immigrants who’ve helped turn Israel into a foaming at the mouth Islamophobic nation perpetually at war with its neighbors and perpetually gobbling up land that belongs to others.
The first individual to note the offensive tweet was Matthew Kalman, a pro-Israel freelance stenographer who often pens sweetheart profiles about the IDF and intelligence units like 8200. For Seaman to get on Kalman’s bad side you know the former had to be both an asshole and even more stridently right-wing than Kalman. That’s saying a lot.Buffer