Yesterday morning, I posted the following:
I could have quoted the whole post because I agree with everything Goldberg writes about the violent reaction in Israel to the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Fraenkel.
But, in particular, this is where Goldberg really takes the Netanyahu government to task for its policies of expanding West Bank settlements and collectively punishing Palestinians:
We’ll build more settlements in the name of our dead, we’ll continue sweeps of arrests and send soldiers into the hearts of Palestinian towns and cities (as we already have) and we’ll launch even more aerial bombing raids. We’ll make sure that all Palestinians know that we blame every last one of them for this crime. There’ll be arrests and there will be riots and there will be more dead and at the end of it all we’ll be in exactly the same place we’re in now.
A lot of people, in Israel and in the United States especially, aren’t going to want to read this sort of thing; they’ll argue that now isn’t the appropriate time.
But, in fact, this is precisely the time.
The very same afternoon, someone wrote this about me:
You’re serving as an apologist for Israeli colonialism and no amount of liberal deflection changes that ….
Unbeknownst to you evidently, worthless liberal zionists such as yourself scatter this world like roaches …. Your stance is oppressive and will crumble and I feverishly await the day that all slimy apologists of repression against Palestinians are going to have to explain how they could possibly be neutral in the face of violence.
This morning, other people are wishing my death and decomposition because I’m their “liberal Zionist” bogeyman.
So, if you wonder why we’re not having a lot of productive conversations about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I submit that one good reason is that these people who oppose settlements, collective punishment, and violence against Palestinians spend their time mindlessly attacking other people who oppose settlements, collective punishment, and violence against Palestinians.
I mean, honestly, if I’m your go-to example of the worst of liberal Zionists, you folks are going to have a tough time in the real world.
[UPDATE: About thirty minutes after I posted this, the owner of the above Twitter account just changed her username, deleted the above tweet, and made her account private. I guess she’s not as proud of the tweet as she seemed before she knew I’d be able to see it.]