AKUS ‘dares’ to criticize Glenn Greenwald

A guest post by AKUS

Glenn Greenwald

Google “Glenn Greenwald” and “Israel” and you will come up with the most unhinged comments about Israel, Israelis and American Zionists. 

He is virtually unable to write a column without accusing Israel of something, and referring to Israelis in the most derogatory terms.

He is particularly active in warning of the influence of “Jewish money” and he may have coined the phrase “Israel Firster” (or, at least, popularized it) in an attempt to suggest that Americans (specially American Jews) who supports Israel are disloyal to America.

He was one of the most vociferous critics of Israel over the Mavi Marmara incidentevincing no compassion for the Israeli soldiers brutally attacked, only the terrorists killed, and in the same column, barely mentioned the thousands of rocket attacks on Israel which prompted Operation Cast Lead – which he referred to as a “barbaric attack on Gaza”.

Greenwald is also no slouch when it comes to slinging dirt at others. Here is what he had to say about Tom Friedman of the NYT, who, not coincidentally, is Jewish and, although somewhat critical, is largely a supporter of Israel:

Although Friedman’s expertise is often called into question, it is hard to deny that he is an expert in hate speech, given that he produced the last decade’s most obscene episode of hate speech when justifying the attack on Iraq on the Charlie Rose Show in 2003 (warning: this should not be viewed during or shortly after a large meal)

The passage was followed by a video clip of Friedman from 2003.

I am far from alone in my opinion of this as-a-Jew:

I don’t know anything about Greenwald’s Jewishness. He could be a Marrano Chabadnik for all I know, though, based on the way he writes about Israel and American Jewish organizations, I often suspect that some really bad shit happened to him in Hebrew school. (I mean, worse than the usual soul-sucking anomie). But about what he writes: I do know that he evinces toward Israel a disdain that is quite breathtaking. He holds Israel to a standard he doesn’t hold any other country, except the U.S. Now, of course, if you read certain things I write (like this, for instance) you could say that I’m also hostile to Israel, though I also exhibit affection for Israel, both the reality of  Israel (or at least many of its facets) and the idea that motivated the reality into existence.

Greenwald has consistently  used the term “Israel Firster” referring to supporters of Israel in Congress:

“Meanwhile, one of the many Israel-Firsters in the U.S. Congress — Rep. Anthony Weiner, last seen lambasting President Obama for daring to publicly mention a difference between the U.S. and Israel — today not only defended Israel’s attack (obviously) but also, revealingly, “Even if we are the only country on earth that sees the facts here, the United States should stand up for Israel.” In other words: who cares how isolated it makes us or what harm we suffer? What matters is not American interests, but Israel.”

Greenwald also has applied the concept of Israel-Firster, if not the term itself, to Eric Cantor (R-VA), who he accused of pledging allegiance to Israel.  When Glenn Reynolds and I called him out on it, Greenwald responded by claiming we were slurring him with an accusation of anti-Semitism.

Getting back to Greenwald’s column, Greenwald again defends the use of the term Israel-Firster and laments that a Think Progress blogger who tweeted the term deleted the tweets:

“One CAP blogger, Zaid Jilani, has now apologized for and deleted tweets where he used the term “Israel-firster” even though (a) everyone knows there are American political activists — both evangelical Christians and Jewish — whose political worldview is dominated by allegiance to Israel and (b) even long-time stalwart Israel supporters like Tom Friedman now describe how U.S. officials are “hostage” to the “powerful pro-Israel lobby” that can force them to place Israel’s interests over their own country’s.”

Most recently  he had to retract his hasty – may I suggest “gleeful? –  accusation that the creator of the “Innocence of Mohammed” film clip was an Israeli living in America , backed by 100 Jewish donors (there we have Greenwald’s  Jewish money theme again) so that the text now reads:

The anti-Islam film was originally reported by the Associated Press news agency to have been written, directed and produced by an Israeli real estate developer living in California, Sam Bacile. Later the news agency issued a fresh story having investigated further and traces the genesis of the film to a Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, living in California. [see footnote]

But, as the Guardian shamefacedly retracted, and very unusually amended the actual text of a column that appeared on its website, the original wording was very different, and typified Greenwald’s eagerness to blame Israel and Israelis for all that is wrong with the world:

Greenwald was everything I suggested and more – an even more egregious example of the anti-Israeli “as-a-Jew” than Seth Freedman.

Friedman gets a point up on him for actually having lived in Israel at one time.

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  1. Another Guardian columnist in action at the NY subway: (with a nice video)

    “Cops busted a lone protester — angry with subway ads equating enemies of Israel as “savages” — as she spray-painted over one of the controversial signs today. A Post camera crew captured the bizarre conflict between suspect Mona Eltahawy, 45, and a woman defending the ads.

    “Mona, do you think you have the right to do this?” said Pamela Hall, holding a mounted camera as she tried to block the barrage of spray paint.

    “I do actually,” Eltahawy calmly responded. “I think this is freedom of expression, just as this is freedom of expression.”

    Hall then thrusts herself between Eltahawy’s spray paint and the poster.

    Eltahawy — an activist who has appeared on MSNBC and CNN — engaged her in an odd cat-and-mouse dance, spraying pink every time she had an opening.“What right do you have to violate free speech,” Hall pleaded.

    “I’m not violating it. I’m making an expression on free speech,” an increasingly agitated Eltahawy shot back.

    “You do not have the right!” Hall said.

    “I do actually and I’m doing it right now and you should get out of the way! Do you want paint on yourself,” Eltahawy shot ack

    As the poster defender bobbed and weaved to get in the paint’s way, Eltahawy mocked: “That’s right, defend racism.” “

  2. Ah, if only Glen would visit Guardianistas in the UK. Just a minute; cue for a Duvidl song:

    The Green-walled ass of Glen

    To the tune of “The Green Green Grass of Home.”
    (Hat tip: Curly Putman Jr., Porter Wagoner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Jones)

    The Guardian looks inane,as Glen schleps down from the plane;
    There to meet him Belle, the spawn of the Rustbucket.
    She’s a Freedman-Firster, Isabella.
    Here’s this US Jewish fella.
    She longs to lick the Green-walled ass of Glen.

    Chorus: Yes they all long to meet him, brown-nose him and entreat him
    To let them lick the Green-walled ass of Glen.

    He meets Freedland and Freedman;
    Those “F”ers from the Guardian.
    And he just finds time for words with the Rustbucket
    Who knows Glen sure won’t put Israel first.
    He’s Stockholm-syndrome Patty Hearst.
    She wouldn’t lick the Green-walled ass of Glen.

    Chorus: Yes they all long to meet him, brown-nose him and entreat him
    To let them lick the Green-walled ass of Glen.

    DS Al Coda

  3. Have you tried arguing with Greenwald on his Cif column?

    The guy has a really short fuse, and seems to be in a permanent state of rage. Any disagreement, and he goes ballistic. He certainly can’t stand criticism, and I don’t think he’s ever learned to restrain his emotions.

    I recommend a visit to Cif just for the fun of winding him up.

    • “he’s ever learned to restrain his emotions”

      You make an interesting point. The same is true of another Guardian contributor, now restored to favor, Dickie Silverman, and Seth Freedman when he used to write for the Guardian.

      When they respond to comments about their articles, it is with a verbal violence as extreme as any in the Muslim outrage industry. You can find examples of them hurling invective at those criticizing them. Silverman. on his blog, blocks their posts to avoid having to deal with those who disagree with him – the equivalent, in a way, of the much used tactic by the BDS crowd of trying to shout down speakers or performers who are pro-Israeli or Israeli.

  4. He certainly can’t stand criticism, and I don’t think he’s ever learned to restrain his emotions.

    The main feature of these narcistic psychopaths. See Seth Freedman threats of violence on CIF aginst his critics.

  5. This person would make a excellent case study.

    I am thinking of new category to be added to DSMIV-TR, the “bible” of mental health difficulties and illnesses, to be called “Obsessive Jew/Zionist Hatred Disorder”. This can either be a residual or acquired personality or behavioural difficulty. Greenwald shares his propensities with quite a few as-a-Jews, to varying degrees. What are their common characteristics?

    Think first of the as-a-Jews who regularly write for the Guardian and Comment is Free, such as Lerman, Freedman (before he began “writing books”), the various spokespeople for Independent Jewish Voices (fallen into a black hole, apparently); Rachel Shabi, etc etc. Think also of the more egregious and open as-a-Jew haters of their own people, such as Tony Greenstein, Richard Silverstein, Deborah Fink; Ilan Pappe; Gilad Atzmon and others.

    OK, off the top of my head, in order to be “diagnosed” as suffering from Obsessive Jew/Zionist Hatred Disorder, the person would have to evidence at least three of the following behavioural symptoms for more than a period of three months:

    1] Writing more than three articles, including for the Guardian, about the noxious nature of Jews and/or Zionism. Evidencing conflation of the two in those or other articles. These articles should be one-sided and without evidence that the author has examined points of view different from his/her own;

    2] The articles should offer core arguments which are endlessly recycled, and are resolutely immune to reality-testing, such as Israel is an illegal state which has no right to exist; Israel is apartheid; Israel alone, being the stronger, should make concessions to pacify her murderous neighbours; the hidden power of Jews; the power of Jewish/Israel lobby (again, note the conflation of the two) etc etc

    3] The arguments evidence skewed and/or delusional thinking

    Added to these there are the below the line comments on CiF

    4] Whatever the topic of any article the sufferer always brings in Israel and its misdeeds

    5] This misdeeds are magnified and lied about in order to stoke the writer’s hatred

    Any more?

    Feel free to add to them