Let’s say you’re a nice Jewish boy and you’re thinking about writing a post for your Times of Israel blog in which you argue in favor of committing genocide. Let’s say you actually go so far as to title your post “When Genocide is Permissible” and you write this paragraph:
History is there to teach us lessons and the lesson here is that when your enemy swears to destroy you – you take him seriously.
Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?
And let’s say you end your post with a long paragraph that just sweetly and innocently poses a question to “humanitarians” about whether or not it might actually be acceptable for Israel to commit genocide because, after all, it’s “the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people” and so “political leaders and military experts [might] determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide.”
If you did all of that, my recommendation is to immediately call your internet service provider and ask them to turn off your internet connection for a few weeks. Otherwise, like Yochanan Gordon, you might publish a blog post suggesting that genocide might sometimes be permissible. And then, even though the Times of Israel calls your post “damnable and ignorant,” takes it down from their website, and discontinues your blog entirely, people all over the world will see it and you’ll probably want to legally change your name and go into hiding for a few years.
Because if you don’t just turn off your internet connection and you publish a this blog post you’re thinking about writing, you’re going to be that nice Jewish boy who said genocide is sometimes acceptable. And leaving aside the way the public at large thinks about you, I can’t imagine what your family thinks.