Recently, I wrote that Alan Dershowitz had published a Huffington Post blog in which he named and quoted from my blog post, The Zionization of Disaster Relief, about Israel’s PR extravaganza in Haiti. Instead of attributing the blog post to me, the author, and linking to this blog, instead he wrote the following:
The neo-Nazi Web site ReportersNotebook.com features a blog entitled The Zionization of Disaster Relief.
The editors of Huffington Post, after saying they would address the issue, have not yet done so. Now I discover that Dersh also published this same post on the same date, January 24th, in his Jerusalem Post blog. I’ve also written to the Post’s editors asking them to correct the record.
Given that I’ve attacked Alan Dershowitz before here, it can be no accident why he formulated his paragraph about my blog post in the fraudulent manner he did. And now comes circumstantial evidence that this is the case. An anti-Semitism-obsessed, anti-jihadi, pro-Israel blogger, Adam Holland, has taken up the cudgels. Holland is also one of Joe Weissman’s buddies, who I’ve also criticized for his jihad against Anglican cleric Stephen Sizer.
Strangely enough, Holland also actually blogs at Daily Kos. I wonder what credentials got him that gig? Is being a pro-Israel, Muslim hater sufficient now to get oneself a diary at DK (apologies to a few of my good blogging friends who are DK diarists)? This is beginning to look like pro-Israel tag team wrestling. You bad mouth one of theirs and they’ll double team you with some of their big, fat sweaty hack heavyweights.
I’m not even going to get into how badly Holland mischaracterizes my views in the Haiti post I wrote. More interesting to me is the McCarthyite guilt by association rhetorical style of demagogue-goons like Holland (and Weissman, Horowitz, Pipes and others):
Silverstein’s column has traversed the left-right wormhole and has been published by the neo-Nazi blogger (and David Irving associate) Michael Santomauro at his Reporters Notebook website (read here). Alan Dershowitz read this reposted version of Silverstein’s column and blasted it in a column of his own…Silverstein’s column has also been reposted on Russia’s Pravda English language forum and the Arab website Uruknet.
My work is republished (without my knowledge or permission, but that’s neither here nor there) by a Holocaust revisionist, the discussion forum of a Russian newspaper, and an Arab website–and that makes me…what? A known associate of organized revisionism, the Russians, and jihadists?
This may satisfy those of little brain among the pro-Israel-obsessed blog world. They don’t seem to be able to debate honestly or characterize accurately what you write, so they resort to these fraudulent intellectual stunts. The Who once sang: “We won’t be fooled again.” Unlike their song, I don’t think anyone is fooled by this narischkeit.
To me, this indicates a deep unease about Israel’s perilous position on the world stage as the Goldstone Report begins to reoccupy headlines and Israel refuses to appoint the investigative commission demanded by the UN panel. The government has launched a vicious counter-attack against Israeli and international human rights NGOs, Israeli and Palestinian peace activists, the Report itself, and progressive bloggers who attest to the inadequacy of Israel’s response. The attack is also coordinated along with internet activists recruited by the Foreign Ministry. Dershowitz and buddies of his like Weissman and Holland also play a useful role. I call it the vast right-wing hasbara conspiracy-crusade.
Dershowitz and Holland attacked my post because it revealed that the clothes the Haiti hasbara emperor were wearing were hiding the sins of Gaza. Interesting who they haven’t attacked though–the Israeli doctor (and IDF Lt. Col.) whose newspaper article formed the basis for my article. My post is 85% Dr. Yoel Donchin‘s article from the Israeli press with 15% commentary written by me. But it would be much harder to target an experienced medicine specialist from Israel’s Hadassah Hospital as being anti-Israel or loony-left than me (though it won’t succeed with me either).
you should press this hard now because you are so correct on the issue. turn it away from who republishes you – to why are the israelis giving fodder to their enemies by grandstanding for publicity with strangers far away when they should be making every humanitarian effort possible right next door – close to home – to try to turn enemies into friends, to try to make peace. there are plenty of relief workers from everywhere in the world in haiti, they are tripping over each other. you got a mobile hospital? good, go set it up in gaza. go help the poor next door. go turn the enemy into friend. we are not naive in saying this. we know it is complex, perhaps impossible. but does that mean you should take the path of no resistance to make yourselves a quick pr bonanza? and dershowitz has taken the lowest cheap shot at you/ yowza. lots of nazi and right wing sites cite my blog especially about geithner et al and their jewishness or lack thereof… that’s not an issue at all. dershowitz has sunk beneath his formerly lowest level
Richard Silverstein says
Thanks, Tzvee. I appreciate yr support for my perspective. BTW, Huffington Post HAS now changed Dersh’s post to reflect my complaint & request for correction. But not so the JPost.
Richard, when they resort to cheap shots and dirty fighting it only means that they have nothing of substance with which to launch a real argument.
Interesting, isn’t it, how the not-inconsiderable contributions and efforts of Arab and Muslim countries, most of which are quite poor compared to Israel, managed to stay well under the radar. Interesting, isn’t it, that Arab and Muslim countries, including a few rich, and many more poor ones, simply did what they could to help without grandstanding, without wasting space and money on PR teams, and broadcasting equipment, without issuing major press alerts every time they sneezed, and, one suspects, without even thinking about trying to convince new mothers to name their babies in honour of them.
And, of course, interesting that people assume that Arab and Muslim countries aren’t lifting a finger to help because they are simply helping those who need it without making it all about themselves. You see, Israelis, the Haiti earthquake and the various relief efforts, are about helping Haitians who need it desperately. It’s not about you.