For the sake of my honor, I’ve got to explain a real boneheaded set of errors that happened last night, which happened to also be Purim. This holiday is the equivalent of April Fool’s and it’s common to read wild newspaper stories attempting to take in the reader in a good natured way. Of course, I was silly not to realize that Haaretz wrote just such a story claiming the Israeli government was planning to beam high tech ads onto the stones of the Kotel (Western Wall). I got halfway through writing a post criticizing this plan when I realized the article was a Purim joke. And a very funny one that took me in for the few minutes it took me to get halfway through writing the post.
I hadn’t published the post yet, so I saved it as a Draft. For some strange reason insted of deleting the post (that’ll teach me) I decided to make some formatting changes and after one of those changes instead of hitting Save Draft out of habit I clicked on the Publish button. I immediately realized my error and changed the status of the post from Published to Draft, but I didn’t realize that I needed to click another button, Update, in order to change the post back from Published to Draft. So unbeknownst to me the post was still sitting out there for all of the pro-Israel right-wing to see, and call me a fool.
But what I thought was most interesting was the level of schadenfreude within the Israeli right especially toward people like me who are perceived as goring their ox (Israel). It’s something I had every right to expect from the error I made. But the intensity of the viciousness of the comments was a good stiff wind of opprobrium. Every so often I publish a post with selective comments just to remind my readers of the quality of the criticism coming from the other side in this debate. So here is a sampling:
Mate are you retarded?…People should be forced to take an intelligence test to be able to write a blog.
I knew you were misguided, but not this utterly stupid.
Oh my it hurts. hh richard, reading your blog all this time was worth it just to see you being made by a purim joke.. oh it hurts, make the laughter stop…
i guess your hate for my country is such, and your knowledge of what you claim is your heritage is such that the joke went over your head.
This comment was left today in the thread for the post about the Israeli Orthodox rabbi who engaged in improprieties with young boys in his charge:
…Given your long track record of transvestitism and of groping little boys in the playground, don’t you think you are being a bit hypocritical…
It’s hard to take the above comment in anything other than a very personal way, but I try to see it clinically in the context of a clear obsession that the Israeli far-right has with scatology, pornography, homosexuality and other forms of deviancy (in their eyes or course). I wrote a post about this that deserves wider circulation.