It’s one of those delicious ironies of life when you find someone who is a true scumbag promoting a product that is actually virtuous. There’s a sort of karmic realignment that somehow pleases. So it was with a touch of wonderment and puzzlement I noted that David Abitbol features a flash ad for Norman Finkelstein’s new book, This Time We’ve Gone Too Far. The book is a polemic against Israel’s Gaza war and represents every value and political idea about Israel that Abitbol detests. The title of the book might also be a warning about some of Abitbol’s more egregious behavior.
I urge you to buy the book and raise Abitbol’s blood pressure a point or two. And then go see the new documentary, American Radical: the Trials of Norman Finkelstein, and make Abitbol just the slightest bit apoplectic.
Abitbol is the kind of scuzz who will counterattack by lying and claiming that Norman Finkelstein and I are anti-Israel soulmates. So I’ll deny him the pleasure of this lie (he’ll take advantage of others no doubt) by pre-empting it. I pick and choose the issues on which I support or oppose Finkelstein. And anyone who cares to actually do any research (something Abitbol has never heard of) will find that I’ve both praised and criticized the former. But my real intent is to point out that Abitbol is either a hypocrite or allows his blog to promote something he detests.
Abitbol also believes in stealing copyrighted images of those he wishes to insult (like me) and displaying them at his blog with suitably demeaning and lying captions. He panders to the worst prejudices common to some Jews.
UPDATE: I’ve learned that advertising is sold on Abitbol’s site by a third-party and that this individual was contracted by Finkelstein’s publisher to sell ads on Jewish blogs and websites. How the publisher allowed the third party to sell ads for this book on this site is way beyond me. Do advertisers ordinarily like having their products dissed on sites they pay to display their ads? I now feature the book in my sidebar with a link to the publisher’s website. If you’re a blogger I urge you to do the same. Maybe we can offset some of Abitbol’s cynicism and biting of the hand that feeds him.
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