Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Say "Hello" to Daphne Anson

Mike L.

(Cross-Posted at Geoffff's Joint, Bar and Grill)

One of my favorite new pro-Israel bloggers is Daphne Anson. I am highlighting her blog because I think that it is important that pro-Israel bloggers support one another and because I just happen to like her work.

She says of herself:

I'm a writer/researcher, with many academic books and articles under my own name. Daphne Anson is my blogging alias. Combining the names of two ships, it's a moniker of special significance to me - I'm a naval history buff. I use an alias owing to a perceived need to keep my blogging and professional identities separate. An Aussie, I've long been interested in politics and foreign affairs, having studied International Relations in the USA and Britain for my first degree, and I also hold a doctorate. I began blogging in response to the exponential rise in antisemitism and hostility to Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara affair.

Interestingly enough, as my readers know, it was the Mavi Marmara affair that also inspired me to start pro-Israel blogging in earnest. What shocked me at the time was that the effort to break the blockade of Gaza was an effort that saw a coalition of western progressives working with actual murderous Jihadis for the purpose of violently confronting Jews on the high seas.

That was quite a wake-up call, I have to tell you.

In any case, I very much encourage the Israel Thrives readership to check in with Daphne. She is a welcome addition to the pro-Israel / pro-Jewish blogosphere... despite the fact that, sadly, she is probably not a San Francisco Giants fan.


  1. But her husband is a devoted Yankees fan! ;~)

    1. I was born a Yankees fan. I didn't really have much choice in the matter. My father was an old Brooklyn Dodgers fan who turned to the Yanks entirely out of spite!

    2. Mine was also a Dodger fan, but remained true blue, unlike me. I had my years supporting the bums, but over time changed allegiances several times, but never out of spite, which has always been reserved for the Yanks. There are few things so enjoyable as seeing a Yankee fan in pain.

      Anyway, it's good to see Ms. Anson here. I went through a similar evolution and I enjoy reading her blog.

    3. Jews and baseball, dude.


      Thank God for baseball.

    4. I didn't realise, until my Yankees fan explained it to me after I'd posted, that the Yankees are the team other teams love to hate!


      Anyway, thanks for the kind words, Mike. You, oldschool and Geoff are always welcome to cross-post anything of mine that takes your fancy.

    5. So the Yankees are the US equivalent of the Collingwood Magpies?

      Thanks Daphne. I will be taking you up on that at the Bar and Grill.

    6. Are you saying that I can steal your material at will?!

      Right the fuck on!


      I may take you up on that, but will be sure to give you full credit and link back.


    7. I have followed your blog for a long time, and even used information with attribution, of course.

      I especially like the issues brought forth by David Singer concerning UNESCO and the Palestinian "state."

    8. oldschooltwentysix

      David Singer is a personal friend of mine. He has a Facebook group dealing with the UNESCO situation

      He also writes for Canada Free Press.

  2. Welcome Daphne.

    I look forward to reading your stuff.

    1. Look what the cat drug in.

      Nice to see you, Stuart.

  3. G'day from 'down under'

    Three aussies here, pretty good going I'd say.

    'Daphne' is a good friend of mine, who spends half her life 'hat tipping' me !!!

    I'm also in not frequent enough contact with Geoff ( with 4 f's)Personal joke !!

    You'll probably see me around a fair bit since I discovered this blog a few weeks ago

    We do need however to speak of 'proper football' which you may call soccer.

    1. Holy crap!

      IT is being taken over by Australians!

      {Help! Help!}


      But wait a second now Shirl, I was told that "down under" is just as wrong as "Frisco."

      Am I wrong?

      In any case, you, my dear lady, are more than welcome here any time.

      Just watch out for Doodad.

      He's a very, very bad man, I tell you.

  4. Welcome all Aussies!!! Love yer blog Daphne.

  5. Nothing wrong with "down under' Mike, however I have to inform you that I am an English ex-pat !!!

    I owe you an email. I just haven't had time. This week has been one meeting after another.

  6. I'm also the only non-blogger here, though I have done one guest post for 'Daphne'. I am also being pushed here to start a blog, or to send out a weekly hasbara type email.

    It's a case of TIME !