Tuesday, February 14, 2017

He's 'Uber-Wrong'

At Twitter, I put this up:

Please Call Your Senator To Support Trump’s Pro-Israel Nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman http://zoa.org/2017/01/10349087-zoa-and-pjtn-action-alert-please-call-your-senator-to-support-trumps-pro-israel-nominee-for-u-s-ambassador-to-israel-david-friedman-and-moving-the-u-s-embassy-to-jerusalem/#.WKHqBr72wYU.twitter …

Then ‏@UberPollster posted:

@ymedad, please call your Senator and have them request that David Friedman retracts his Anti-Semitic statements and apologizes.

I replied

.@UberPollster Am surprised even in jest you use that terminology,especially with handle of "Uber". Beinart & Co. channel real antiSemitism.

And it continued:

@ymedad no jest there. Friedman comments reprehensible. If establishment rightists had any integrity they would oppose until he retracts.

@UberPollster nope. Kapos at least had Nazis lording over them.
Progressives do it of their own free will.

@ymedad another Anti-Semitic comment disparaging other Jews because they have a different vision of Israel than you. The 3rd Exile is coming

.@UberPollster sorry. you can repeat a falsehood but it won't stick.
I hope your polls are better fact-based.

@ymedad  dont know what falsehood you are referring too. You made a number of accusations and disparaging remarks towards others, I didnt.

@UberPollster no I didn't. you slightly misquoted Friedman's remarks as anti-Semitic. not kapos:
"smug advocates of Israel’s destruction"

For the record, here are Friedman's words:

“Finally, are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty, and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”

He actually does not directly call J Streeters 'kapos' but, in comparing the circumstances, thinks that acting out of free will and from relative comfort, their harmful actions are worse.

And in that piece, he levels an accusation of harshness at President Obama:

any public figure who finds it difficult to condemn it as such without diluting the message with geo-political drivel is engaging in “blatant anti-Semitism.”

To clarify my own thinking, I do not think using Nazi-era vocabulary is a particularly wise or correct tactic.  I personally think Arab terrorists are usually worse than Nazis: have you ever read of a Nazi committing suicide to kill Jews? 

Charging Mr. Friedman with "anti-Semitism" is simply incorrect, uber-wrong.


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