In a move unprecedented during David Harris’ two-year stint as a blogger at The Huffington Post, which invited him to blog, his latest post which you can read in its entirety here, was rejected as “not for us.” David Harris is the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee and has published more than 50 blogs at HuffPo.
What about his latest blog could have been “not for” HuffPo? His piece notes the egregious comparisons advanced to analogize the forthcoming “Gaza Flotilla” which will include Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker, among its obesrver-passengers, to the 1963 civil rights Freedom Riders. Could it be that Mr. Harris’ accurate depiction of Hamas, is “not for” HuffPo?
His conclusion “not for” HuffPo: “As has been said, if Hamas laid down its weapons, there would be peace. If Israel laid down its weapons, there would be no Israel. The flotilla participants claim their mission is nothing more than humanitarian, but, in reality, it serves the interests of a regime that espouses terrorism, peddles anti-Semitism, and praises the memory of Osama Bin Laden. [Emphasis added]
“To portray themselves as the new wave of Freedom Riders is to trample grotesquely on the legacy of America’s civil rights struggle and rewrite history. Orwell’s Ministry of Truth is back.”
He also writes:
“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.
“Hamas is a terrorist organization. Don’t take my word for it. Check with the United States and European Union, both of which have designated Hamas as a terrorist entity.
“Hamas preaches the elimination of Israel and a toxic brew of classical anti-Semitism. Again, don’t believe me. Read the Hamas Charter.
“While Hamas may have been elected to govern with the PA in 2006, the first and only national Palestinian elections, one election does not a democracy make. Hamas used the ballot box to gain a foothold, then employed anti-democratic means to impose its own suffocating vision on the land. Hamas violently ousted the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority from Gaza in 2007 and has ruled ever since. Because Hamas cannot reform, the much heralded “unity” agreement it signed with Fatah six weeks ago is headed for an uncertain future.
“Hamas celebrates violence. It joyously speaks of jihad, martyrdom, conflict, and the ultimate destruction of Israel. It has matched its fiery rhetoric with a sustained effort to import weapons, courtesy of Iran, smugglers in the Sinai, and tunnels from the Egyptian side of the border. In recent years, literally thousands of rockets and missiles have been fired from Gaza at Israel. Why? ”
How disturbing is it that such statements of unarguable truth are “not for us” at The Huffington Post?