The appropriately named left-wing Crooks and Liars site has pathetically tried to defend bigot Max Blumenthal over his involvement in influencing Kansas City shooter Frazier Glenn Miller.
And it did that, appropriately enough, by lying about Max Blumenthal.
Writing at Crooks and Liars, David Neiwert attempts to falsely claim that Blumenthal only opposes “the right”, not Israel.
Neiwert calls Blumenthal a “liberal”. That’s an understatement. Blumenthal is much further left-wing than that. He refers to, “Blumenthal’s against-the-grain reporting on the right wing in Israel”. Blumenthal doesn’t limit his attack to the Israel right.
“Blumenthal…does not “despise” Israel,” he claims. “Blumenthal has written a number of articles that criticize Israeli policies.”
Neiwert may choose not to believe criticism of Blumenthal from the right, but he’s been amply criticized by the left.
Eric Alterman of The Nation called Goliath, “The I Hate Israel Handbook” and a potential selection of the Hamas Book of the Month Club.
“Never before has anyone defended the analogizing of the behavior of Israeli Jews to that of the war criminals who led Nazi Germany. Such arguments are, unfortunately, consistent with both the quality of Blumenthal’s judgments and the honesty of his journalism,” Alterman wrote.
Here’s The Forward on Max Blumenthal.
“He’s written a collection of 73 short vignettes, weaving together reportage, history and interviews to show the suffering and unbroken spirit of the Palestinians and the callous cruelty of the Israelis. Lest anyone miss the point, many of his chapters have titles like “The Concentration Camp,” “The Night of Broken Glass,” “This Belongs to the White Man” and “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People.”
Almost halfway through their 83-minute encounter (minute 34:00 on YouTube), Lustick emotionally asks Blumenthal whether he believes, like Abraham at Sodom, that there are enough “good people” in Israel to justify its continued existence — or whether he’s calling for a mass “exodus,” the title of his last chapter, and “the end of Jewish collective life in the land of Israel.”
Blumenthal gives a convoluted answer that comes down to this: “There should be a choice placed to the settler-colonial population” (meaning the entire Jewish population of Israel): “Become indigenized,” that is, “you have to be part of the Arab world.” Or else…? “The maintenance and engineering of a non-indigenous demographic majority is non-negotiable.”
Lustick appears stunned. And not only Lustick. Philip Weiss, founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss, who was in the audience, wrote afterwards, in a rare rebuke of his own writer, that he saw “some intolerance in that answer.”
We live in a “multicultural world,” Weiss wrote. There should be room for Israelis. “The issue in the end involves the choice between an Algerian and a South African outcome.” Mass expulsion versus coexistence. “I’m for the South African outcome.”
Blumenthal isn’t. It’s a chilling moment, even for the anti-Zionists among us.”
Pretending that Blumenthal is a critic of the Israeli right, as opposed to an opponent of Israel, is simply a lie. Even veteran critics of Israel have blasted him. Israeli figures on the left showed him the door.
Neiwert attacks me using material from Mondoweiss. As I discussed in this week’s article, Mondoweiss is an openly bigoted site.
Blumenthal had also posted at Mondoweiss which is closest to the intersection between Neo-Nazis and the Anti-Israel left.
One of its writers had said, “I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, but I can understand why some are.” Another had written that, “Israel is no normal state, but one governed by the forging of Zionist system-logic into a Satanic ideology.”
Alan Sabrosky, wrote at Mondoweiss that “an awful lot of American Jews” are “agents of a foreign government” and called for “excising” the cancer. Elsewhere he wrote that, “I don’t care if we’re called anti-Semites or not,” claimed that most American Jews are “traitors” and accused Israel of being behind the September 11 attacks.
Mondoweiss’ Jeffrey Blankfort went so far in his hatred for Israel as to assert that, “When it comes to talking about Israel-Palestine — David Duke and Pat Buchanan are more informative than Noam Chomsky or people on the left.”
He also endorsed Holocaust denial.
Blankfort’s statements show how thin the line between the Neo-Nazi and the Anti-Israel activist has become.
And Crooks and Liars and David Neiwert insist on lying about it.