After mounting an intense DoS attack against this blog and two others in Israel, my web host seems to have figured out a defense against the assault. But now, some members at the Rotter forum, among whose circle this assault may’ve originated, have resorted to homicidal ranting. One poster wrote the following (Hebrew):
I’m in favor of erasing Silverstein from this world at the hands of a Mossad hit squad.
Another member posted a picture of me in the thread. The only thing missing was a bull’s eye. I’m waiting for a Facebook group like the one they prepared for MK Haneen Zoabi calling for hanging her because she joined the Gaza flotilla.
I requested of a Rotter admin that they remove this comment. They have not responded nor have they removed it.
Also, in this thread a member boasts that the YouTube video showing protestors shouting the name of Doron Zahavi during a Sheikh Jarrah demonstration had been attacked and taken down. An Israeli peace activist confirmed the attack. But apparently it failed as the video is there for all the world to see. One thing these juvenile delinquents appear quite good at is cyber-vandalism.
I posted myself to the thread thanking them for their reception. The DoS attack brought my blog to the attention of thousands more Israelis, via stories in Ynet and Maariv, who’d never heard of it till then. A reporter from one of Israel’s major alternative papers spent an hour with me on the phone last night preparing a major profile of me and my blog. As far as I’m concerned they only hurt their own cause through this foolishness. And asking the Mossad to kill me doesn’t do any favors for the reputation of Israel’s overseas spooks either.
One of the common tropes of the Israeli far-right is an obsession with sexual identity and its use to humiliate their enemies. So, the Rotter members delight in claiming my photo is “feminine,” which only reveals their own sense of gender confusion. Frankly, I don’t know what’s more disturbed–their psyches or Israeli policy.
Can there be any doubt in any reasonable person’s mind that this incitement to murder is a symptom of the deep dysfunction within Israel nowadays in which peace activists and human rights NGOs are under physical, verbal and legal attack as never before?