One of the more pro-Obama Jewish blogs seems to have taken a nose-dive.
Jonathan Segall's The Progressive-Zionist has not published a word in about ten weeks.
After so many weeks of zero activity I would have to think that any blog is basically toast. In the case of Segall, it's something of a shame. This is an American Jew who has a reasonably deep understanding of the Jewish political scene, including the Israeli political scene, but who continually launched himself into ugly personal battles with almost anyone who disagreed with him.
The reason for that is because the Arab-Israel conflict is so vital to the Jewish people that it often seems that those who disagree are not just wrong, but enemies. And the reason for that, of course, is because the stakes are so high and our numbers are so small. We are not playing for a few bucks in Texas Hold 'Em, but for the well-being and survival of our friends and our families and our relatives in the Jewish State of Israel.
Certainly Jon spit a lot of hatred toward me, and in fact sought to defame me to others on-line and off because I sincerely disagreed with him about the Obama administration, which he supports and I do not, and because I became vocally disenchanted with the progressive-left, including the Jewish left.
However, no matter how much he bent over backwards in order to be fair to anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and Israel Haters within the progressive-left, they still dragged the guy's name through the mud.
I saw it, myself. I am very familiar with Segall's efforts within places like Daily Kos and I can tell you that there were few Jewish people within progressive venues more willing to give Arab voices more respect and consideration than Jon Segall - at least, at first.
It did him no good, of course.
I imagine that his voice is still out there somewhere, however.
My views have evolved since we first met. My hope is that his have, as well.