As I mentioned yesterday, the Huffington Post covered a story about quite blantantly anti-Semitic postcards being sent by 9-year-old children in Spain to Israel. Whether or not the postcards are anti-Semitic is not nearly as unnerving as the fact that children under ten are being instructed to take a side in a conflict that they couldn't possibly understand.
Naturally, the anti-Israel part of the Huffington Post community responded the way they always do when there is an article about anti-Semitism: 1) claiming that the Spanish are only disagreeing with Israel's policies, when that clearly wasn't happening, 2) claiming that Israel always accuses anyone who disagrees with them of being anti-Semitic, as if the Spanish were only disagreeing and 3) deflecting to the famous example of Israeli children writing on bombs.
That last I feel I should probably explain. These pictures (from the Lebanon war in 2006) are often cited as Israeli indoctrination of their children to hate Arabs and to love violence, which in turn is used as proof that Israel is a racist society. To be honest, I'm surprised we don't see it used more often. There are, however, a couple of key differences: The Israeli children who did this can be counted on one hand. There are some Spanish teachers who teach anti-Semitism in their schools, and have done so for quite some time. And as the author of the above article admits, he doesn't know what was written on the bombs. But take a look for yourself: On at least one the word "Nasrallah" is clearly written. The messages were intended for Hezbollah, not for the Lebanese people. Not that the anti-Zionists would ever be honest enough to admit that.
Anyway, on to the thread. I included both instances of blaming the victim (aka that the anti-Semitism was Israel's fault for being so evil) and trying to defend it. Not because they are abusive per se, but because it gives us an idea of where the HP talkbackers are coming from.