Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MJ Rosenberg, Mind-Reader and Ad Hominem Master

Our favorite "asaJew" HP blogger, MJ Rosenberg, has responded to Elie Wiesel's recent full page ad discussing Jerusalem. Wiesel believes that Jerusalem should belong to Israel, all of it, and that should be not be compromised. Jerusalem is a powerful issue and each Jew probably has a different opinion on it, but that is Wiesel's. So when I saw the headline for this blog post, I was interested to see Mr. Rosenberg's (undoubtedly different) opinion of Jerusalem's final status.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. Mr. Rosenberg instead decided to use his blog post to inform us his readers that Wiesel is:

- Unwilling to open the metaphorical door to help non-Jewish strangers (an implicit accusation of racism against Gentiles)
- Incapable of criticizing Israel
- a "Jew of Silence" (in that he does not speak out of behalf of the poor oppressed Palestinians)
- Doesn't care about other suffering groups of people, only the Jews.

How does Mr. Rosenberg know all this? He does not provide any information or quotes by Wiesel saying things like "I don't care about Palestinian suffering, only Jewish suffering". I guess we are just supposed to trust that Mr. Rosenberg is right and therefore Elie Wiesel is wrong.

This tactic of attacking the man, not the argument, is remarkably similar to Wiesel's treatment by another well known "asaJew", Norman Finkelstein. You would think such blatant ad hominem attacks wouldn't have a place in a major newspaper like the Huffington Post, but there it is.

Update: Oh, and this blog post is posted right at the top of the "World" page. Really shows where the HP's priorities are.


  1. Rosenberg says nothing about Wiesel wrote but instead launches a cheap attack on Wiesel's reputation. That is not responding to an argument - that is evading it. And here we thought the anti-Zios wanted an honest debate.

    Oh well.

  2. Apparently Rosenthal has never read Mr. Wiesel's moving "Letter to a Young Palestinian" and has never hear Mr. Wiesel speak about the plight of various non-Jewish groups aroung the world.

    Why would Rosenthal look for facts when it's so much easier to make up his own?