CiF essay by Matthew Cassel successfully elicits readers’ obsession with Israel

As I noted in yesterday’s post, CiF columnist Matthew Cassel (who has praised  Hezbollah spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah) wrote a  piece which framed Lebanese Palestinians’ refusal to give up their arms solely as a reaction to the Sabra and Shatila attacks 28 years ago – citing merely, as proof, the testimony of two Palestinians. He also largely ignored 62 years of systemic oppression by the Lebanese government (as well as other well-documented massacres against Palestinians during the Lebanese Civil War).  Well, Cassel’s piece had the desired effect of eliciting reading comments which largely focused on Israeli crimes and all but ignored the larger issue of institutionalized discrimination against Palestinian by Lebanon.

Here’s a sampling of comments, but see the complete comments section here:

Israeli supporters’ [i.e., Jews’] “murderous hatred”

Lament that there isn’t a wider perception that Israel has “blood on their hands.”

No Christians [presumably, as opposed to Jews] he knows have never committed mass murder”

Zionists zeal to disrupt peace in the region:

15 replies »

  1. pretzelberg

    The whole thrust of Berchmans’ comments aim at demonising Israel and Jews although that might not be instantly obvious on the surface.

    There is a “Why?” on both sides of the matter. Why do Arabs kill Jews?

  2. Hamas officals yesterday admitted Arafat was behind suicide bombing attacks on Israeli civilians.
    We all remember how they told us it wasn’t the Palestinian Authority behind these attack and they are doing all they can to stop them, just like these days they tell us its not Hamas but other factions behind rocket attacks and Hamas is doing everything they can to stop them.

    “Palestine Press Agency quotes Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar as saying that Yasir Arafat instructed Hamas to attack Jewish civilians at the start of the second intifada.

    Speaking at an event commemorating the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the terror spree in September 2000, Zahar said ‘the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat had ordered Hamas to implement a number of military operations in the heart of the Jewish state, after the failure of negotiations with the Israeli government at that time.'”

  3. pretzelberg,

    In the same comment where he makes the assertion (or joke) that he knows of no Christians who have committed mass murder, he refers to Israel as a powerful enemy who has killed a thousand civilians.

    Some more quotes by Berchman:

    “The [Sabra and Shatila] massacre was 30 years ago but if she hadnt revisited the place armed to the teeth and killed another thousand civilians she might well have been forgiven”

    And he wrote approvingly of this comment:

    “No wonder Israelis think they’re completely blameless in this conflict – there’s literally nothing they can do that will ever get blood on their hands.”

    And, this:

    “Israel used the US election to cover its murderous attack designed specifically to sabotage the cease fire.”

    If I missed the “joke” about Christians not being violent, I take responsibility for the oversight. But, is there really any doubt in your mind that Berchman consistently frames Israel as a brutal, violent, state which massacres innocents?

  4. I must say that I think that ad hominem attacks are really bad form. Mostly people use them because they don’t have good arguments to counter facts.

  5. It’s a little interesting that the Cassel article spins from an earlier one by Ahmed Moore. There seems to be far more reasonable comment on Moore’s article, at least in the first 50 comments (all I read).

  6. @ Adam

    a) I think Berchmans is a hateful idiot – but for all your other quotes the truth is that you have distorted his post in the case above.

    if you ever engage in personal attacks on me or any other CiF Watch contributors again, you will no longer be posting at our site.

    Nice how you target me while making no such threats against posters who have called me a Nazi etc.


  7. Gerald Kreeve

    I must say that I think that ad hominem attacks are really bad form.

    Which comments are you talking about?

  8. pretz, accusing a writer of “stooping low” or (intentionally) distorting something (rather than being simply wrong or mistaken regarding a fact or characterization) is the very definition of an ad hominem attack.

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