A bit of a 'response' to Mike's post here on Friday, and I'm sure he can relate. I just want to quickly note why even bothering to engage in 'I-P' at sites like Daily Kos (one of the leading blogs when it comes to the mainstreaming of antisemitism on the Left over the past decade) is not just a waste of time, but beyond that is indeed a dangerous legitimization of that hate-friendly site, as well.
Let me first start out by saying that JNEREBEL is one of the best, and most consistent, pro-I folks that unfortunate site has ever seen. Along with fizziks (just to mention another name noted here recently), and a few others. But that's not the point here, so I'll move on.
My main contention is now, and has been for months, that the problem with that site is that pro-Israel people like us are forced to start with two hands tied behind our back, one foot shackled to a staple rack, and blind-folded.
Unless we internalize the Palestinian narrative, that Israelis are colonialist interlopers practicing Apartheid, or some such other ludicrous bullcrap, one automatically starts off from a position of suspicion. As a 'racist,' or some such other nonsense. It certainly doesn't help, either, that certain "progressive zionists" there take it upon themselves to act as enforcers, as well.
After all, what better way to boost their 'progressive' credentials in the eye of the "Adalah" side there, than to agree with terrorist lovers, that people like Mike and oldschool and I hold positions beyond the pale?
I even know of a 'progressive zionist,' in fact, who admitted to being confused as to whether to even oppose BDS or not, until just recently. I guess he finally felt safe doing so once his Batman felt it was a sure... spike... to come out against it.
This is a place where the much-loved moderator once called the Nazis "a blip," in order to justify his insanely bigoted position that mentioning "concentration camps" in the context of I-P did not automatically mean one was comparing Israelis to Nazis. A hallmark of contemporary antisemitism, which Mr. Blades so desperately sought to provide an excuse for.
Why on earth would he be so desperate to do that?
I wonder. Oh wait, no I don't.
But back to the above. I reject the position we're necessarily forced into, as supporters of Israel, on that site. Particularly as when viewed against how the antisemites and other assorted bigots there start out, and are allowed to go on. And on. And on. And on. And on. And on.
One of their leaders at that site is a violent, hate-filled woman who harasses Holocaust survivors, and then whines when security at TLV tags her as the dangerous bigot that she is.
Here's my question - why do we even need to respect the opinion of a racist lunatic like her in the first place? Those who continue to participate at Daily Kos, unfortunately, do so by their continued presence there. It's time to stop that. And it's also time to call out that site for what it is. A hate-friendly pile of shit, which continues even to this day to mainstream antisemitism through the diaries of those who are considered "trusted users" there.
When the front page stops publishing the "findings" of antisemitic, Troofer commissions, then I'll cut some slack to that site. Until then, no.
UPDATE: I still can't comment via Blogger, here or anywhere else, for whatever reason. The dropdown box contains no options for me to 'sign in' under any account, although I can endlessly sign out! I don't know what's going on with that, I tried to set up a new Blogger account and that didn't work, either, so it's probably that my browser is busted or something. I'll figure it out next weekend, I guess.
Anyway, I didn't really post this to get an answer or anything. Just something I had to say, and now that I did I feel better. From here on out, it's my intent to stop paying any attention whatsoever to that place, and to get my focus back on things that actually matter to me. Like food politics, and trying to clean up the sickening zombie town at the foot of the Somerset El station here in Kensington. This was just closure, is all.
UPDATE 2: It's fascinating to me, how clearly important this site is to someone who nonetheless loves smearing and hurling charges at all of its participants, as if there's nothing more important in the world to him. Even more important than trying to come up with new ways to say "Obama rocks my socks!" Also, I don't know about any of youze, but if I believed somebody was threatening my family, and made a point of crying about that for weeks, I wouldn't continue to obsessively follow and post on that very person's blog, myself. But perhaps our guest was lying about that, too. Totally shocking. Or not.