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.