It took eight days, but Masada2000 is down once more. Unfortunately, the site’s Kahanist friends at Jewish Task Force didn’t realize that Bluehost (their latest webhost) was a Mormon hosting company and might be a tad offended at the pornography, nudity and profanity at the site. Maybe next time they should try to find out who hosts sites belonging to the Aryan Nation and American Nazi Party (if there is still such a thing) and ask to be hosted there. One thing’s for certain, they need a hard core host who doesn’t flinch at the 110 proof hate spewed there.
I’d like to thank Bluehost as a company and its CEO, Matt Heaton, for recognizing the danger posed by a site like Masada2000 and the suffering it inflicts on the thousands of innocent Jews it cyber-bullies there.
Tonight, I discovered an extraordinary article, In Defense of Self-Hating Jews, about Masada2000 by Menachem Wecker in Jewish Currents (man, that’s a blast from the past isn’t it?). It provides interviews with many of those featured in the S.H.I.T. List (Self-Hating and Israel-Threatening Jews) and most importantly it thoroughly airs and debunks the poisonous term “self-hating Jew.”
My wife and some progressive friends had recently asked me whether pursuing this site was worth the time it diverted from the truly important work that I try to do here. It’s a worthwhile question and even led me to write an e mail to a JTF forum member suggesting that I’d back off my pursuit of Masada2000 if it would remove my S.H.I.T. listing and if JTF would cease publishing abusive material about me. Then I spent 15 minutes reviewing what JTF forum members had said about me in the past week. Prominent among the comments were “kapo.” “fag,” and a wish that I contract cancer. I decided a sulha with these people was impossible.
And after reading Wecker’s story, it reaffirmed the importance of combating such Jewish hate. No one likes to get their hands dirty in dealing with the slime that oozes from that site. But if it goes unanswered and unfought, then the hate there has an opportunity to slowly seep into the mainstream Jewish discourse.