Many of you know I wrote a critique of Israel’s hasbara-infused emergency relief efforts in Haiti, The Zionization of Disaster Relief. Israel’s medical team left 11 days after they arrived, roughly at the same time the world’s TV cameras shut off their lights and went home. The post drew a lot of attention here and elsewhere. I was surprised a few days ago to start seeing visits to my blog from a Huffington Post blog post by Alan Dershowitz attacking those who criticized Israel’s relief effort in Haiti. I searched diligently for a link back to my blog post but couldn’t find any.
Since I have a deep aversion to Der Dersh’s vicious rhetorical style, lies and distortions I never read what he wrote. But a reader has now done me the favor and notes that Dershowitz has done something rather extraordinary. He’s named and quoted my blog post and claimed it was published at a neo-Nazi website. I kid you not. The ballsy nerve of this guy is astounding!
The neo-Nazi website ReportersNotebook.com features a blog entitled “The Zionization of Disaster Relief.” It accuses Israel of “exploiting the suffering of poor, defenseless Haitians on behalf of Israeli Triumphalism.” It complains that Israel is rendering medical aid to Haiti only to deflect attention from its crimes against the Palestinians.
Anyone reading this will come away with the impression that I wrote a blog post for a neo-Nazi website. Now, lest you think this was an accident: my blog post was REPUBLISHED at this site without my knowledge or permission. The site credited me by name as author of the post and linked to the original blog post at this site.
I have a long history of critiquing Dershowitz’s garbage here so his “mistake” or whatever he’ll call it is nothing of the sort. He’s really a sly fellow. He doesn’t go so far as to name me as author, he merely quotes from my post and mentions the neo-Nazi connection. This allows him and all the other pro-Israel hasbarist scoundrels to shrey about my work being loved by neo-Nazis. If someone was dull enough they might even think that I published the work at that site.
This is a common tactic by idiot wind pro-Israel bloggers and pamphleteers like David Horowitz at Frontpagemagazine and Joseph Weissman at Seismic Shock, among others. The less degrees of separation they can find between you and Hitler supposedly defames and diminishes you. In reality, a reasonable person understands that in the internet age anyone can quote or republish anything and there’s little you can do about it. But it gives them a chance to infer that you hang out with neo-Nazis, ergo…
Needless to say, I jotted off a firm note to HuffPo’s editors insisting that they correct the misattribution. One of them replied that they “will address it.” So far so good. But I await a full resolution of the matter.