Alan Dershowitz has written another fantastic article, which is very similar in topic and point of view to the Bradley Burston one from last week. Like Mr. Burston, he calls out the anti-Israel crowd in their reaction to Israel's work in Haiti. The title is "For Bigots, Israel Can Do No Right." And how right Mr. Dershowitz is, because the bigots came crawling out just for this article, spewing their anti-Israel talking points, apparently having not even bothered to read the article.
I know that I don't like to draw conclusions about people without sufficient evidence, but I think in this case, as Matt wrote before, the facts are clear. The posters came to the Asher article, and to the Dershowitz and Burston articles, came with one thing in mind: Destroy any good will that Israel might have gained with their work in Haiti. Make Israel the bad guy. Tear Israel down. Whatever it takes to make this happen, do it. And I do not believe that this is something that people who are only interested in "peace" or "justice" or "human rights" would do. It is something that bigots do, however. And I feel that this small group of HPers (a very small one indeed) felt that they were attacked, which of course they were, and hit back hard. Not by debating Burston or Dershowitz's words, but by hitting the target that can't fight back: Israel itself. In doing so, they have exposed the truth about themselves, that they are motivated by prejudice.
Here are the posts. They were few, but nasty, even for a fully moderated thread.