Monday, November 9, 2009

HuffPo User Profile: sightseein

The user "sightseein" is not particularly notable, except for his unwavering devotion toward attacking Israel and (more importantly) attacks on other posters and anyone else who disagrees with him. He has 13 fans, has been active since May 2008, and has posted 185 comments. A significant fraction of them contain anti-Israel hate speech.

We'll start with a nice catchall comment:

sightseein
"Save the garbage rhetoric. Your application of "Democracy" is very convenient. Democracy? You mean a Jewish democracy for Jews or a real liberal democracy where all citizens are equal? The settlements are illegal, Natural growth is a euphemism for theft. Germans used a similar policy (lebensraum) to appropriate land and property from Jewish people back in the day."
-Yep. We've got an ad hominem attack, an attack on Israel's existence, a Jew-Nazi comparisons, and a few distortions and lies. If you want to have some fun, check out that thread in general. There's enough anti-Semitism in there for five HPW threads.



Anyway, moving on to some anti-Semitic comments from sightseein:

sightseein
"Pointing out the truth and facts about the hypocrisy and brutality of Israel's policies is NOT anti-Semitic...it's PRO TRUTH!!! ....something you know little about!"

sightseein
"These are lunatic zealots, dangerous loons. This is what happens when you think you really are The Chosen People. Apparently God wants them to behave this way?? The irony of that one settler using the term savage to describe Palestinians. These settlers behavior is often quite savage and obviously racist. The Israeli government and our tax dollars help to build these settlements and encourage these Zionist fanatics." [Admittedly, this post is directed against settlers. But demonizing settlers is still unacceptable. Note the term "Zionist" as an insult.]

sightseein
 "They didn't even read it. AIPACs influence in Washington is far reaching. You won't find these politicians ever even using use the word "Palestinian". This "special relationship" has run its course and the United States has been less than honest for many decades on the Israel/Palestine conflict, it's quite disgusting."

sightseein
"You should know better. Any person, institution, country that criticizes Israel is anti-semitic. Should that person be Jewish, that person is a self-hating jew. There is no other explanation. It doesn't matter that Israel devastated Gaza and killed approximately 1,400 (many of which were women and children) and Israel lost approx 13 (mostly non-civilians and quite a few due to "friendly fire"). It doesn't matter that Gaza is a crowded prison. It doesn't matter that Israel continues to illegally build settlements and steal more land. It doesn't matter that israeli-arabs are treated as second class citizens, it's still a Democracy. It doesn't matter that Israel has no intention of making peace. Why should it when in the meantime it can keep stealing away land? So what if the settlers are religious fanatics bent on taking all the land and so what if the government keeps taking more Palestinians land and giving it to them. Doesn't mean they don't want peace. So stop criticizing Israel, Israel can do no wrong."

And he later repeated the Nazi-Israel comparison stated above.
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Moving on, we have some more generally anti-Israel comments, loaded with lies and distortions:

sightseein
"Good guys and bad guys? Group of people? Could there be some racism lingering here? Israel will do what benefits Israel even at the cost of the United States, Europe or other countries with "Western values". That is what Israel does best. Israel is an occupier, a brutal one at that. Your simple little good guys and bad guys classifications are pretty silly"

sightseein
"Israel cares more about the Palestinian people? What a load of rubbish. Another pro-Israel voice who denies any responsibility of Israel's actions, but also has the audacity to say Israel cares more about the Palestinian people. Meanwhile no mention of the illegal settlement building, the checkpoints, the horrific wall, the religious apartheid, the boot to the proverbial neck of all Palestinians. Yes, of course Israel cares more about the Palestinian people. Don't you know that's why 540 Palestinians have died and 5 Israelis have died? Oh the love."

sightseein
"So ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians it is?"

sightseein
"Yeah, it's difficult when you have a brutal state like Israel that keeps building illegal settlements and carving up the West Bank so there is no viable state. Always pointing the finger to the world, meanwhile playing like they're always the victim (all the while stealing more land from the Palestinians). Those tactics have worn thin and the ability of Israel to manipulate world opinion has greatly diminished, their own behavior has helped that along. I guess that PR campaign to soften their image (after having killed 1,300 Palestinians in the prison camp known as Gaza, and of which at least 300 of those were children) really isn't paying off. Israel is Israel's biggest threat and the whole world sees it. Unfortunately Israel has lent itself to the right wing zionists who are even more likely to act irrationally when they truly believe they are the chosen people (everyone else is just there for the ride)."

sightseein
"And you want me to believe that Israel has always been ready to give up land for peace? A country where one of their true men of peace, Rabin, was assassinated by a right wing Israeli? Nice of you to see both sides though."

sightseein
"[Attack on Israel wanting to defend itself] Wow, this shows me how dangerous Israel truly is. Even the United States government is concerned that Israel may act on it's own. Consequences be damned. Consequences that would effect the United States, our troops in Iraq, the Middle East and the world at large in fact. As long as Israel gets what it wants, the rest of the world be damned. [Yeah, how dare they want to survive when its just so inconvenient for the rest of us!]"

sightseein
"[Iran again] Israel is trying to hold the world hostage. Give us what we want or else we'll start a war. A war that will effect many other countries and economies. But hey, as long as Israel gets what it wants, who cares about the rest of the world. I only hope they go it alone and this leads to a break with the United States. The US sorely needs to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel and the rest of the Middle East."

sightseein
"The attempts at diversion have begun. Take no responsibility for your own actions, play the victimon end and blame everyone else has been the modus operandi of the Israeli government. Not going to work, the US fisn't being led by neo-cons with delusions of the apocalypse, we've got a rational leader in place at last. Israel is the biggest risk to Israel and to the middle east."


sightseein
"This war on the people of Gaza isn’t really about rockets. Nor is it about “restoring Israel’s deterrence,” as the Israeli press might have you believe. Far more revealing are the words of Moshe Yaalon, then the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people. [Use of a quote from seven years ago to try and make the case Israel is motivated solely by racism? Nice]"

sightseein
"Disgusting behavior by the Israeli government and not that surprising. One can only wonder how the Palestinians must feel on a daily basis living under occupation. Can anyone imagine Israel ever negotiating anything in good faith? Israel doesn't want peace, it doesn't want to negotiate. It wants to squeeze the life out the Palestinian people. It will continue building illegal settlements so no viable, contiguous Palestinian state is possible. The international community must come down harder on the Israeli government and advocate more strongly for the Palestinian people."

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And finally, we'll conclude with ad hominem attacks on other posters as well as people who disagree with him. Notice the anti-Israel rhetoric and borderline hate speech as well:



sightseein
"You're trying to argue with neo-con tripe. Don't bother. He's from the Dick Cheney school of foreign policy and we all know what a bang up job that was. There are plenty of lesser fools worth addressing."

sightseein
"Yes Avigdor, continue to help Israel walk towards an abyss. Steal anymore Palestinian land today? Build any new illegal settlements?"

sighseein
"Richard Landes, not exactly a bipartisan is he? Tell me, has he ever been critical of Israel?"

sightseein
"Neo-con tripe. Would you two high-five for us."

sightseein
"This from the same poster who would like us all to believe that the issue of illegal settlements are a "red herring"."

sighseein
"Neo-con garbage."

sighseein
"Settlement building has always been a red herring, as those of us who have studied the conflict know very well." Like I said, bring up a concrete issue like illegal settlement building and the lies and diversions come up. Do you really think any reasonable being believes that the settlement issue is a red herring? Are you hoping this lie you repeat will take hold? Yes, it's the Palestinians who only want to hurt Israel. Israel of course wants a just peace and is building illegal settlements for the sake of Palestinians. You sir must be on the Israeli PR tour espousing nonsense as you do."

sighseein
"It really is too bad we give Israel $3billion annually and it's too bad Palestinians don't have a proper army and sophisticated weapons otherwise your remarks would actually make sense instead of sounding crude and simplistic. "They never miss a chance to miss an opportunity" Is that supposed to be cute?"

sighseein
"Teaching your people that the other side are war criminals when they are not is not conducive to peace-making." Do you realize how bizarre your justifications are? You're trying to take this disgusting behavior by the Israeli government and somehow not only justifying it but blaming the Palestinians at the same time? [Strawman] So even when they're using peaceful means to protest, it's alright for Israel to threaten their economic livelihoods. You want to talk about peace making? How about we talk about something real like the illegal settlement building?? Any thoughts on thought? You must be on that Israeli PR tour."

sighseein
"Isn't there a neo-con convention you should be attending or Rush Limbaugh radio show you're missing? Go on, feed your demon."

sighseein
"I'm sure you do. I'm sure you're enjoying the 300 dead children as well. Crossing them off in your diary perhaps?"

That last one strikes me as sounding a bit like blood libel, hm? As usual, the HP moderators will be contacted, and we'll let you know if any changes are made.

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