Perhaps it may be a slight overstatement to say that I am proud of the motley crew of angry rightists who rant and rave against me and what I write here. But to have enemies of such base qualities who go so far as to threaten your life means in some peculiar way that you are on the right path. It is, though, unfortunate that you have to deal with such hate in doing the right thing regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Violet Crumble, who co-administers my Israel-Palestine Forum site, warned me that one of the most pathological and perhaps even mentally unstable of this crowd, who goes by the name Gabbyspoppy at Pro-Semite Undercover has penned an especially rabid rant.
Before I quote it, I wanted to note that one of the most striking aspects of this diatribe is how fictionalized it is. The writer, whose real name is Paul Katz and who lives in New York, takes a scintilla of accurate information from my biography and then weaves an entire fictional narrative out of it. Personally, I think this may be the mark of a mind that is lurking somewhere between Neptune and Pluto and indicates someone who has a tenuous hold on reality at best:
For even the most casual readers of TIKUNHAMAS, an accumulation of crap from our own “Lil, DICKie KAPOstein it is common knowledge that his critics are “Right-Wing, Likudists, Kahane scum” engaged in the most horrid sin of Lashon Hora. Yet the main theme of this SCUMBAG is to ridicule and bad mouth every Jew that doesn’t agree with him. The irony is breathtaking but hold on it gets even better.
Prior to developing into an unemployed “Basement Blogger of Bile” he was a fund raiser for Jewish Institutions. The most important attribute to be a fundraiser, especially among Jewish organizations is the ability to reach out to wealthy American Jews or Israelis and have them open their checkbooks to any cause he represents. Most if not all of this segment of the Jewish community won’t even take his call much less write a check to the organization he represents. To the Jewish community of Seattle, KAPOstein on his best day is considered a pariah and that is when he takes a day or two off from his usual CRAP. KAPOstein’s “fund raising” is on par with Ford’s Edsel as an example of business acumen.
He is now relegated to “pimping” Norman Finkelstein’s books and begging for pennies at his forum “Palestinian Apologists Underground”. He also has for sale his photography (which mostly consists of pictures of his kids) cornering the pedophile market. But what the heck, a dollar is a dollar.
Normally a pathetic creature like this would invoke a certain amount of pity. He’s not worth a pittance of pity when he puts a target on the back of my friends and family and then “justifies” that target. He is only worthy of the scorn and derision that he receives. He earns that derision the “old fashioned way”, he works hard for it.
The “KAPOS” of the 20th century were complicit in the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews. The “KAPOS” of the 21st century are trying to “finish the job”.
NOT THIS TIME YOU ASSHOLE.
If you studied the psychopathology of such people, this might be an interesting piece of writing.
I’m struck by Katz’s reference to pedophilia. Why would someone bring up such a subject unless these types of thoughts afflicted him?
In truth, my family photo gallery features images of my children as millions of other such galleries do. In a few of these images my infant children are displayed (modestly) in a bathtub. Though there is no nudity in these images (except that you can see their upper bodies), this twisted mind has jumped from the purity and innocence of babies having their first bath to the foulest perversion imaginable. Can you imagine this? Can you imagine the mind who must think these things?
You’ll also note how he equates my work with Nazism and accuses me of attempting to exterminate the Jewish people. Lest you call this the raving of a crank, let me remind you that it only takes a few of these to assassinate a prime minister and turn back the hands of history as Yigal Amir did.
I know that many of my readers will ask why I’m going into this sordid territory. Believe me, I’m not doing it for my health. I’m doing it because I believe that Paul Katz represents more than just himself in having such views. Though David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, Gerald Steinberg, Steven Plaut, Alan Dershowitz and Norman Podhoretz may be suaver and slightly more articulate in their attacks on progressive Jews, they all have just a small element of the paranoia and mania reflected in Katz’s twisted psyche. That is why if we wish to defeat these people we must look their words and deeds squarely in the eye without blinking. We must testify to their hatred for the world to understand it and hopefully turn away from it.
We may wish we didn’t have to understand what lies within the brain of a settler extremist who would attempt to assassinate Zeev Sternhell, but we do. It is a sad testimony to the current state of affairs, but the Paul Katzes of the Jewish world hold far too much sway in setting the tone and tenor of debate.