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Jerusalem Post Online Takes on Amsel

Posted by Glezele Vayne on April 28, 2009

BS”D

The Jerusalem Post Online published an article on 14 April 2009, by David Shamah, “Digital World: What Creeps Under the Internet Rocks“, which tackles the topic of antisemitic Jews, exposing two in particular for their hypocrisy. He doesn’t name them.

I will name one.

I don’t know anything about the guy in Hawaii discussed in this article, but I am familiar with the writings of Steven Amsel a.k.a DesertPeace, who lives in the French Hill neighborhood (occupied territory according to the Arabs). He is the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors, which makes his self-hating views all the more tragic. I feel compassion for his ancestors.

Alleged former friends have gone on record saying he used to be a hawk, but that he inexplicably went to the hard left at some point. If you don’t want to slog through the entire page, search the page for comment 16 or using “February 5th, 2007 at 12:54 pm” , or the search term “I have few more questions for you about the transformation”. There is accurate information about his political endeavors in Ontario, Canada on the same page as well.

Perhaps he was a mole within the more hawkish circles all along? It happens.

The man deserves to be investigated, fully discredited, and vomited out of Israel. Or a simpler solution: If he hates the “occupation” so much, he could vote with his feet and leave. Please, someone, buy the man a plane ticket so he can act on his integrity. Put your money where your mouth is, Steve. Where is your family “originally” from? Poland, Germany? Hungary? Romania? Maybe you need to go back to where the Arabs of the Middle East (and the Native Americans in the United States) say you belong?

Getting back to the Jerusalem Post Online article, I read most of the comments (58 as of this writing) below Shamah’s article. I only found one that was pro-Israel in some sense. Most were scathingly antisemitic. The writing styles of most of these posts appear so similar, bringing up so many of the same tired old points (what is a semite, anyone who criticizes Israel is labeled an antisemite blah, blah, blah) that it appears to be a writing campaign instigated by Amsel & company. He did notify his supporters of the article HERE. Of course, none of these people would ever admit they are, in fact, Jew haters, Jew baiters, antisemites, Judeophobes, whatever the label (same result). No. They probably believe they are merely being objective.

Eichmann claimed he felt terrible for the Jews who were suffering under his efficient administration of “The Final Solution”. Very few people wake up in the morning, rub their hands together gleefully, and cackle “Hehehe, I think I’m going to do something really evil today.” Most evildoers have managed to fully delude themselves into thinking they are doing good.

If these modern day crusaders for justice are truly objective, they might consider focusing some of their outraged sense of injustice on the people suffering in Tibet or Darfur for a change. Or how about the slaves in Saudi Arabia? Yes, Saudi Arabia still practices slavery. It is also perfectly legal in Saudia Arabia for a 60 year old man to marry a 9 year old girl. Why not tackle the epidemic of honor killings in the Arab/Muslim world? Just a few examples of some truly atrocious injustices being perpetrated on innocents around the world.

Are these people somehow less worthy of our compassion? Why the obsession with Israel’s alleged wrongdoings?

One would think if the issue was merely injustice, Amsel et al would at least lament equally when innocent Israelis are murdered by Hamas or Hezbollah or Fatah…but there is a deafening silence during those times. Either that or Amsel uses the opportunity to blame the victims. He also uses Jewish holidays as times to point fingers at the Jewish state.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck…guess what? Some points to keep in mind as these hateful commenters claim some of their “best friends” are Jews.

There is truly “nothing new beneath the sun”. Koheles 1:9

From Schmoozing with Elya & Ellie Katz

6 Responses to “Jerusalem Post Online Takes on Amsel”

  1. LEGION said

    This guy is an obama clone- a self hating wacko. Fire him off a trebuchet.

    • elyakatz said

      BS”D

      First laugh of the day after doing (more) research on him.

      Okay…so do you know, does his site get a lot of traffic? I think he used to have a counter. One site I found said his readership has gone up 4% in the last 3 months. [LINK] Is he well known in the hate circles? I was glad to see the JP taking him on. Of course, he takes it as a sign of his “effectiveness”. As they say, “Once a deluded nut-case, always a deluded nut-case.”

  2. […] Avid Editor’s Insights added an interesting post on Jerusalem Post Online Takes on AmselHere’s a small excerptBS”DThe Jerusalem Post Online published an article on 14 April 2009, by David Shamah, “Digital World: What Creeps Under the Internet Rocks“, which tackles the topic of antisemitic Jews, exposing two in particular for their hypocrisy. He doesn’t name them.I will name one.I don’t know anything about the guy in Hawaii discussed in this article, but I am familiar with the writings of Steven Amsel a.k.a DesertPeace, who lives in the French Hill neighborhood (occupied territory according to the Arabs) […]

  3. Hi,

    Thanks for commenting on this article. The Hawaiian guy is Michael Rivero of whatreallyhappened dot com (I don’t want to send him a referrer even inadvertent!) I didn’t mention either of their names in the article (also in order not to drive traffic to them), but they figure out pretty fast who I meant – and they immediately organized a goon squad to rant and rave. I think it was the most-commented article I ever wrote on jpost.com – but unfortunately they were almost all negative comments! It could be because it was published on the site on Erev Pesach, but there was almost no comment from pro-Israel folk.

    The logic behind the article is to put these creeps on the defensive. They’re always going on about how we mistreat the poor Arabs, settlements, etc., and on Rivero’s site especially, which deals with all sorts of issues, Israel is portrayed as being behind everything (9/11, the Darfur massacres, poorly designed Chinese products – you name it!). All I did was focus on his weak spot – he’s just as bad a settler as we are!

    The link I posted here (http://bit.ly/137HAO) is for my web archive of the article. Because of space they cut the end of it – where I do mention names, in this case Alex Jones, the elder statesman of the Israel/Jews are to blame movement. Guess who pays his salary? A Jew!

    • elyakatz said

      BS”D

      Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and read my post. I’ve been enraged by Steven Amsel’s activities for awhile now, but few people seem to think this guttersnipe is worth my effort. Obviously, I disagree, because every once in awhile, I put out a post, hammering away at either one of his posts, or those of his other writers.

      I’m so happy to see someone else take him on. I don’t think most Israelis are aware of the serious damage he, and others like him are doing to the nation and people of Israel, because their target audience is America and Europe. I found stats on Amsels’s site, and sure enough, the stats back my theory. Barely any readership from Israel…so he can benefit from living in the Land, while defaming it to audiences outside of Israel, completely under the radar.

      It was patently obvious that the negative comments were the result of a writing campaign. By the clonishness of each comment, it was also pretty clear that they’d all agreed on a “template” comment. They all sounded almost exactly alike. You got them ticked, which means your plan worked, they’re on the defensive now. I have more research on them if you would like it. Nothing several hours of google wouldn’t help you with, but since I already did it… I’m sure there is more out there.

      Keep up the good work.

      • Hi Elyakatz,

        I didn’t realize anyone had responded to my comment. I was really thinking about setting up a site dedicated to exposing these crumbs. There is a long list of them, and you’re right, they were a little freaked out, now that I look back on the experience. I’ve been looking for someone to work with on this. Any idea where I could find someone 🙂

        ds

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