I’ve arrived in a manner of speaking. The right-wing Jerusalem Post finds me a significant enough presence to devote an entire article to attacking my Comment is Free post about the Mumbai attacks, Exploiting Mumbai’s Tragedy, in which I argued that the attack was anti-Israeli more than it was anti-Semitic. I did so in order to diminish the Jewish urge for vengeance and holy war against Islam.
The headline claims that I “sparked a fury” on the Jewish right with the claim that the Chabad House massacre was not anti-Semitic. Of course, that headline left out the fact that I did claim it was anti-Israeli and denounced it no matter what the motivation was. This omission allows a lazy right wing reader (of which there are so many at the Jpost) to presume that I didn’t denounce the attack at all.
My biggest complaint was that the reporter didn’t show enough koved toward my work to link to it in his article. LInkage is the coin of the internet realm. Ironic that the Jerusalem Post blog section does link to Tikun Olam, but its reporter finds my work so outrageous that he refuses to link to it in an article entirely devoted to it.
And hey, maybe I’ll hit the trifecta: if Rosner writes an entire post at JPost denouncing me it’ll be like going to leftie Jewish heaven.
At least the reporter accurately quoted my views and did so fairly extensively. As my friend Stefan Merken wrote to me, “It’s still a conversation [with the right] that’s worth having.”