Friday, July 30, 2010

MJ Rosenberg: Israel "Ethnic Cleansing," Carrying Out A "Pogrom"

MJ Rosenberg is the second journalist to have covered a story about Bedouin evictions in the Negev, but I wanted to cover his story first. Ami Kaufman's will come later today.

Now as HonestReporting has covered, Israel is evicting the Bedouins not because they hate them or because they want to "Judaize" the Negev, but because the Bedouins were squatting on land that doesn't belong to them. This didn't stop MJ Rosenberg from making things up about the story, though, not to mention relying on Guardinista Neve Gordon for his source.

Obviously you only need to look at the headline of this article to see Mr. Rosenberg's loaded language: Throwing squatters out of a place that they don't own is only ethnic cleansing when Israel does it. I have a feeling that when Israel was literally dragging settlers out of Gaza Rosenberg was not only cheering them on but the thought that it was "ethnic cleansing" never crossed his mind (thought it clearly was). What is even more interesting is that since I first drafted this article last night the headline has been changed to "Israeli Destruction of Bedouin Village." I didn't take a screenshot but just look at the URL to see the original headline.

After his video comes the second and more insulting use of a loaded term:
"Professor Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University in Israel witnessed the destruction of an Israeli Bedouin village earlier this week. Apparently, the pogrom is part of Prime Minister Netanyahu's plan to reduce the Bedouin population in the Negev (note: the Bedouin are Israeli citizens)."
I don't know what to say at this point, besides that pogroms are usually marked by rapes and murders. I can't imagine why Rosenberg would use this term except to expressly convey hatred against Israel by using emotionally-laden terms where they don't apply. Mark it down as yet another example of Rosenberg doing everything he can to stir up hatred against the Jewish state (and by extension, Jews) and the Huffington Post enabling it. Oh, and by the way, Rosenberg's source does not in any way mention a "plan" to reduce Bedouins.

The best part, though, is after I posted Israel's real reason for demolishing the village, Rosenberg fought back with this, though it has now been deleted:

Yes, it's funny alright. Check our archives if you don't believe me when I tell you that we have caught Rosenberg (a) lying, (b) telling half the story and (c) completely making things up in his articles more times then I can count. No, Mr. Rosenberg, I don't trust the Israeli government. But I trust you even less.
Besides, it's not easy for the Israeli government to make up a whole story about the Bedouin/Israeli government interchange, including High Court rulings and so forth. Especially when they are fully aware that the eyes of their own people and the world are upon them. On the other hand, the Huffington Post doesn't even look at Rosenberg's articles before it publishes them. So who is less reliable?

Let's conclude with another creepy personal attack by Rosenberg made on yours truly, just for posterity (also now deleted):
And another:

Oh of course, we're just supposed to believe you because you told us you were being truthful. How silly of me to think otherwise.

1 comment:

  1. MJ Rosenberg quoting Neve Gordon? Steven Plaut has done quite a write-up up on him. He is an anti-Zionist, a Far Leftist extremist who is tenured in Ben Gurion University's Political Science Department. He served as a human shield for Arafat when the latter was alive. There is no form of terrorist atrocity against Israel of which he does not approve. Gordon is an anti-Israel propagandist who has never done real scholarly research - instead he posts his scurrilous defamation of Israel to various Far Leftist and neo-Nazi websites around the world.

    This is the Neve Gordon MJ Rosenberg is selling as an authority on all things Israel to the HP's readership.