The Tablet calls several writers who have criticized Israel's assault on Gaza and refusal to freeze the settlements on the West Bank "Jew-baiters." I, Glenn Greenwald, Stephen Walt, and Philip Weiss are operating an "open sewer of hate," for arguing that US interests lie in getting a two-state solution sooner rather than later, and in our outrage at the way in which the Israeli government has shown contempt for the US president in the last couple of years, egged on by many neocons. There are no substantive arguments in the piece, and there are no quotes in the piece from any of the bloggers and writers concerned that could even faintly be called anti-Semitic. There is just cherry-picking of vileness that often shows up on comments sections (which this blog does not even have). I mean: seriously. To argue from a bunch of selected comments on other sites that I have made a "career as a Jew-baiter" is so disgusting and transparent a smear it refutes itself.
Meanwhile, the current Israeli prime minister has just been caught on tape saying in 2001 that he openly deceived president Clinton and has this view of how to deal with the Palestinians:
“beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable.”
Why is Netanyahu not an "open sewer of hate"? None of the writers the Tablet cites has ever written anything even faintly as disgusting or as racist as that.
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