Every so often I have to write one of these posts because the pro-Israel wingnut brigade emits a particularly noxious stalker and cyberbully. Tonight is such a time.
You remember the old bathroom graffiti joke: “for a really good time call Jane at 555-5555?” Well, if anyone’s in need of a good stalker I’ve got one for you. The dimwit’s name is George ‘Naftali’ Muenz, or so he signs his e-mails (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org). His IP address is 126.96.36.199 and his ISP is Novuscom.net. He’s from Vancouver, BC. Nasty commenters are a dime a dozen in my niche of the blog world. But they don’t usually harass you at home (except Rachel Neuwirth) and I’ve never had one interrupt a Shabbat meal to do so. Naftali the Shvantz, when he called asked: “Is this the Seattle office of Islamic Jihad.” In case anyone wants to ask him whether he’s the Vancouver office of Kach, his number is (778) 999 8946.
He is a graduate of Montreal’s Lubavitch High School, class of 1974. In that year, he made aliyah and claims he served in an “elite IDF unit.”. But apparently he’s come a long way from Lubavitch as you’ll note in this online comment he left about a “hot” actress.
Once someone invades my privacy in this way all bets are off. I have warned him that I will be reporting him and all of his contact information to the Seattle and Vancouver Police Departments and my phone company for harassment. It doesn’t seem to faze him. But perhaps when an actual police officer shows up at his doorstep or gets him on the phone he might see things differently.
Here are some of Naftali’s choice attempts at rational political discourse:
You spend your energy and time demonizing Israel and working hand in hand with terrorists. You and your friend Finkelstein are disgusting creatures
You and Finkelstein are two of the same. Those who betray the Jewish people. To me, the son of an Auschwitz survivor who served 5 years in an elite IDF unit and the Security forces, you and he are worse than Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
I’m glad he added that he allegedly served in an elite IDF unit. That will certainly get the police’s attention.
He’s even take to harassing Carla Cohen, owner of Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington with this e-mail:
Shalom Carla, You don’t know me, I am a Canadian/Israeli living in Vancouver. I saw that this lowlife Richard Silverstein had given you a hard time regarding Saree Makdisi.
I feel you should have told this quisling Richard, who collaborates with our enemies to plan our destruction, to take a hike.
We Jews have taken enough shit over the years, we don’t own anyone an apology or a platform, especially the scum like Silverstein who spend their days demonizing Israel.
To me people like Silverstein and Finkelstein are worse than Hamas and Islamic Johad [sic].
Long live the Jewish State of Israel
Naftali is a cretin, and not yet stupid enough to make a real threat. But you can never go wrong underestimating the intelligence of the wingnut brigade.
UPDATE: I’m not sure whether or not Naftali and I have had a sulha (“reconciliation”), but I urge anyone reading this to also read a later post I wrote after he and I had exchanged a few personal e-mails.