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.