The rest of the world may be troubled by the Mossad’s flagrant violation of national sovereignty in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabouh. They may be angry that their passports were cloned or the financial system jiggered to support Israeli terror. But that’s not stopping from Israelis from flaunting their pride at such mayhem. Not to mention making a shekel or two in the process.
The N.Y. Times prominently advertises historic photos in its pages. Imagine if instead the Times replaced this revenue enhancing feature with T-shirt promotions like this. You can’t conceive of this? Well, that should tell you quite a bit about the relative quality of each publication. At least, the Times has standards and doesn’t believe in profiting from murder. There are clearly Americans who’d be happy to do so (though I haven’t yet seen any t-shirts boasting of the CIA’s drone assassinations of Taliban militants). But does that mean we need to promote them in the pages of our major newspapers.
As one of my readers said about the Jerusalem Post’s involvement in this trade: putting the sh-ande in shmateh (“the shame in newsrag;” shmateh also refers to the “rag trade,” hence t-shirts ).
This is the same rag that allowed Alan Dershowitz to smear me by inferring that I published my work at a website whose author is a Holocaust Revisionist. The same newspaper which ignored my request that they correct the record. I should add that the Huffington Post at least had some compunctions about Dershowitz’s distortions and edited his false claim.
This is the same Jerusalem Post which published a full page ad picturing New Israel Fund chair, Naomi Chazan as an Israel-goring rhinoceros a la Der Shturmer. The same Post which fired her as a columnist when she politely requested that they not run the ad and then threatened she would sue them.
No one should be surprised at this execrable taste. The Post is the home of the most noxious of right-wing Likudist fanatics including Caroline Glick and Isi Liebler among others. Alan Dershowitz finds a cozy home there as well.
I don’t expect much from the Post. But this is a new low.
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Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.