Writer banned from ‘DailyKos’ after satirizing settlements

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Is nothing Israeli not sacred? Writer Jane Stillwater was first warned by a DailyKos webmaster over alleged "anti-Semitism" and– after she sought to poll readers on the issue– was banned from blogging at DailyKos. Stillwater’s initial offense was posting a satirical piece on the program to get American Jews to move into illegal settlements in Israel. Excerpt:

According to USA Today, "Nefesh B’Nefesh, a non-profit organization, provides grants of $3,000 to $10,000 as an incentive for Jews to move [to Israel]. Nefesh B’Nefesh, which means ‘Soul to Soul,’ also helps arrange housing, jobs and schools for immigrants’ children."

"But what do I have to do to be eligible for all this wonderful subsidized housing?" you might ask. That’s easy. Just become Jewish. And apply. It’s your birthright. You’re in!

"But if America is sponsoring a housing program that is available to only one religious group, isn’t that against our Constitution and civil rights? Doesn’t this program have to be available to ALL Americans to be legal? And doesn’t it go against the separation of church and state?"

Nah. Not a problem. There are no churches involved.

"But I heard that it was hard to convert to Judaism and that it takes years of study and that you’ve got to learn Hebrew and get circumcised…"

Nope, that’s not an obstacle either. I recently talked with a visiting Israeli citizen and asked him just exactly what kind of bureaucratic hoops an American who had just been foreclosed upon would have to jump through in order to prove they were Jewish so that they could take advantage of all this free American-subsidized housing in Israel.

"You don’t need to do anything," the visiting Israeli replied. "There are Russians and Ethiopians and indigenous peoples from the remote Andes of Peru who have been accepted into this program — people who are no more Jewish than, say, Madonna or Brad Pitt. All they had to do was to SAY that they’re Jewish. That alone got them in — with full access to assisted housing, pre-arranged employment opportunities and even free single-payer healthcare! They got the whole schmear. And so will you."

12 Responses

  1. ahmed
    July 22, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I waded into the comment section on that post, and it’s like thought police there… users hounding out users who even ‘rec’ a post or ‘tip’ a comment or they deem offensive. So much for free speech. Most of the commenters are proud to say they haven’t even read the post, the title was enough for them to decide it was offensive. Automatons.

  2. Tenma
    July 22, 2009, 2:06 pm

    Kos moderation has been wildly uneven lately. For instance, a Zionist was recently warned by the mods for constantly calling other users ‘terrorists’.

  3. DICKERSON3870
    July 22, 2009, 3:23 pm

    I love Jane Stillwater’s posts. She is a regular at “The Smirking Chimp” and also has her own blog.

    Smirking Chimp (a bit slow) – link to smirkingchimp.com
    Jane Stillwater’s Web Blog – link to jpstillwater.blogspot.com

  4. Kathleen
    July 22, 2009, 5:08 pm

    sorry that happened to Jane at Dkos. But can not say that I am surprised. A few years ago I was banned by a moderator (RBG) over at FDL for bringing up the I/P conflict, and settlements when it was appropriate when countries in the middle east were being discussed. There was no inappropriate language or comments but I would not back down. I claimed that the main bloggers at Firedoglake would not touch this issue (oh they have dipped their toes in) but will generally not go there. Empty wheel did not ban me from her blog as well as the other threads at Firedoglake. I am now able to make comments on Jane Hamsher’s threads and Christy’s.

    Firedoglake has opened up much much more on this issue because of Oxdown now Seminal where participants can put up there own blogs. But the big hitters at Firedoglake generally do not touch these topics…generally

    We should not kid ourselves that some of the moderators and some bloggers have agendas and real blocks when it comes to this issue. If the I lobby has their ways blog will be closed down to this debate as the MSM did over the last 50 years .

    I had a very similar experience over at Crooks and Liars after I appropriately criticized Rachel Maddow for not touching the issue and when she did report about the Aipac espionage trial she made it a lark (one report) I was hammered. Kept all of the communication off line with Crooks and Liars moderators. Soon after banning me they did their one blog on the 9 time delayed Aipac espionage trial and how that trial was dismissed (not much in the MSM about this) not much at all.

    Crooks and Liars has a blog clog when it comes to this issue, sounds like Daily kos does too. (don’t go there because I have heard this before).

    Washington Note, Mondoweiss are the most open to real debates about these critical issues. Muzzlewatch shut down their comments section because of the work to keep this issue open for comments.

    too bad that their are blog clogs on this important issue

  5. Kathleen
    July 22, 2009, 5:16 pm

    some of those efforts to shut down the debate
    link to muzzlewatch-watch.blogspot.com

    link to giyus.org

  6. DICKERSON3870
    July 22, 2009, 5:30 pm

    RE: (from Kathleen) Washington Note, Mondoweiss are the most open to real debates about these critical issues.

    MY COMMENT: I agree, but there is also Richard Silverstein at his blog (Tikun Olam) and also at the recent addition to FDL, ‘The Seminal’.

    Tikun Olam – link to richardsilverstein.com
    The Seminal (FDL) – link to seminal.firedoglake.com

  7. mondo
    July 22, 2009, 10:16 pm

    What I found truly disturbing is not just the fact that Kos, Crooks and Liars, and other “liberal” blog sites are censoring any discussions about Palestinian issues, but also the fact that they regularly allow such vicious vitriol responses like those that Jane Stillwater received. Instead of them moderating the rude comments that arose, they banned her instead! And Jane is pretty well known as a blogger too. IF they would do this to her so quickly after her just posting a couple of times, you can imagine what they do to the rest of us without much of a name…

  8. Jay Taber
    July 23, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Without naming names, the phenomenon of censorship by the human rights industry on their blogs is mostly related to their sources of funding, but not entirely. It also has to do with a reluctance to reexamine stale doctrine, and sometimes an inability to distinguish principles from principals. At its worst, the dearth of discourse vital to democracy is a result of institutionalized political illiteracy and linguistic illogic.

  9. syvanen
    July 25, 2009, 6:40 pm

    Dailykos is dedicated to electing Democrats. IP is a dangerous issue because it has the potential to break party unity. You will note that they do not have proIsraeli posts either.They are generally progressive because that is where electoral majorities can be built today, especially via the internet. However, they judge that the damage to electoral prospects for Democrats is just too great to allow the IP debate inside the doors.

    There are many here especially Phil and Adam who are trying to break down the barrier to having an open discussion of the IP in American politics. I believe an early indicator that they are succeeding will be seen if Dailykos becomes open to this debate. Do not blame Kos, they are doing exactly what they claim to be doing.

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