The Blog Post HuffPo Didn’t Want to Print

David Harris, the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, having published nearly 50 articles there since September 2009.   However, Harris’ latest post on the upcoming Gaza flotilla was found to be objectionable, for some reason.

Since the well-researched opinions of reputable Jews such as Harris are generally not objectionable to GTJ, we’ve decided to put up an excerpt of the allegedly problematic post:

According to [the flotilla organizers’ and supporters’] narrative – a word particularly popular in Middle East discussions- the residents of Gaza face a neighboring oppressor, Israel, which, for diabolical reasons of its own, wants to inflict maximum harm on people whose only dream in life is to live and let live. For these spokesmen, the wealth of vocabulary in the Oxford English Dictionary fails to capture the true nature of Israel’s venality.

Enter, then, the self-described, modern-day Freedom Riders. They’re boarding flotilla ships, they suggest, to bring aid, relief, and attention to those trapped in Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1963.

George Orwell, where are you? You could have a field day with this story.

Actually, you anticipated it when you wrote about the Ministry of Truth in your classic book, 1984. What were the ruling party’s slogans on the outside of the 1,000-foot-tall building housing the ministry? Weren’t they “War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” and “Ignorance is Strength”? And didn’t the ministry rewrite history at will to ensure it always served the party’s interests?

The Gaza flotilla spokesmen are inverting the truth and rewriting history at will to serve their interests. And what are those interests? To prop up the Hamas regime in Gaza and delegitimize Israel.

While they are entitled to their own opinions, however misguided, they are not entitled to their own facts.

They cannot separate Hamas from the equation. Much as they might try, the central fact is that Hamas is key to understanding Gaza today.

For the full article, which was found acceptable and published by the Jerusalem Post, click here.

3 replies
  1. Jon
    Jon says:

    So basically a “progressive” website once again shows its Anti-israel tendencies, even though Israel is really the only place in the ME where both gays and women are treated with dignity. Aren’t these the groups that “progressives” supposedly champion the most. I guess these people hatred of Israel surpasses their love of these other groups.

    It seems like each day we are seeing more and more anti-Israel garbage from these groups/ blogs. At some point those associated with the left side of democratic party are going to be forced to stand up and say that these comments are not acceptable. Right now it appears like too many people have their head stuck in the sand so they can pretend the wing of the democratic party whose views help shape their own has not abandoned the country so many of the readers on this board love.


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