I received two disturbing comments via my blog this morning. One in particular was from a Lebanese named Rima who wrote:
Motherfuckers!!!!!!! You must go from the middel east you dont belong there. You are the most hating people in the world.
We hate you we hate we hate..
the war against you will start all over again.
I replied to this person with this:
Very nice, Rima. I don’t support the Israeli invasion of Lebanon nor do I support the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinians. I’ve been denouncing Israeli actions in Lebanon & the killing of innocent civilians since the beginning of the war. Don’t you bother to read before you spew curses??
I start out with these assumptions: that this person is Lebanese (though the IP address appears located in Rotterdam). And I assume that it is an authentic message and not a hoax.
If both assumptions are true I find myself deeply distressed at this attitude. Yes, I certainly understand the deep pain that Lebanese are suffering. I empathize with that pain. I know that pain, if strong enough, can warp one’s judgment. It can make you see the world as your enemy. It can make you see possible allies as the enemy.
This blog has no sympathy for the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and says so in practically every post published here for over a week. Why would a Lebanese come to this site, pay almost no attention to what was written here, and then post hateful remarks that assume I hold views which I do not?
Just because people like Rima are victims does not remove them from normal obligations of human interaction. Do you automatically view every Jew as the enemy? Or do you stop to understand someone’s views before you decide whether they are friend or foe? If Israel’s invasion has so poisoned the atmosphere that such discernment is no longer possible or desirable for some of my Lebanese friends, then I mourn that day.
Check this and tell me about your katyousha’s!!!
At least this person didn’t insult me or my religion. Nevertheless, he/she again didn’t bother to read anything written here to know that I’m opposed to the mayhem Israel is hurling at the Lebanese. I left a reply at the website and again have received no reply. It’s amazing that if you hate enough making mistakes is not something you need be concerned about. Venting your pain and anger is all that matters even if you vent it at the wrong person.
I posted Rima’s comment in full at Blogging the Middle East, another Lebanese blog. I asked Anarchristian, the author, if he’d care to comment on Rima’s thoughts. Admittedly, there is foul language in her comment and I also include her IP address. Maybe he objected to one or both of those elements being published at his blog. At any rate, I can no longer find Rima’s comment at his blog and fear he may’ve deleted it. I’ve written Anarchristian a second time asking if he has any comment. No answer so far. And Rima has not responed either–though given her hatred I did not expect her to do so. UPDATE: Anarchristian’s comment below clarifies that I was wrong in presuming he may’ve deleted the comment and I apologize for my assumption. His blog filter probably removed the comment because of the profanity. I’m deeply grateful to him for his understanding of my feelings in that comment.
I am used to Jews viewing me with suspicion since I am critical of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. And I expect to be neither admired nor respected by Arab bloggers (though it would be nice if it happened). But I somehow expected more than this.