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).