It looks like the militant pro-Israel crowd may be engaging in hijinks against one of our intrepid progressive Jewish bloggers, Jerry Haber at The Magnes Zionist. When he attempted to write a new post today he was informed that his blog had been frozen as a potential splog (spam blog). Of course, Magnes Zionist is far from a splog. In fact, Jerry provides a unique perspective on the Israeli-Arab conflict as a liberal Orthodox Jew and academic.
It is an absolute travesty that Blogger has taken this unjustified action against Jerry. And this is an insult not just to him, but to all of his readers and the rest of us who rely on him as a unique voice in the Israeli-Palestinian online debate.
Jerry has a hunch that one of the right-wing pro-Israel trolls who frequent the web has reported him to Blogger and caused him to be shut down:
Not to be paranoid, but I think that my blog is the victim of the sort of electronic warfare that so-called Israel advocates take part in.
Considering the content of his latest post about a settler Goon who accompanied Jerry’s latest tour of Hebron’s settler Gan Eden (“paradise”), it’s highly credible that such a person could’ve engaged in such behavior. The GIYUS/settler crowd probably finds such tactics entirely kosher in the war on behalf of their God-given right to occupy Palestinian land and single-handedly (well, almost single-handedly) prevent resolution of the I-P conflict.
If you blog, please consider publicizing Jerry’s tsouris. If you have a Blogger blog consider that something like this could happen to you. Find ways to publicize Blogger’s egregious conduct. You can use this link to complain about Jerry’s treatment and demand reinstatement of his blog. Even if you can’t help directly, visit Jerry’s site and send him encouragement.
He has set up a temporary Blogger blog that he can update (until the goons report this one as well). I will update you about Blogger’s response to Jerry’s appeal for reinstatement of his blog. Meanwhile, I’m encouraging him to shift to a different platform like WordPress.com where narischkeit like this won’t happen.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.