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."

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