I noted that in your comment above you are trying to implicate me in your deceptions and cover ups, so I would like to set the record straight. It is true that on October 3, I wrote to you urging you to clarify the situation and issue and apology based on the explanation you had given me that the tweet was an accident, that your Facebook account was accidentally connected to the Free Gaza Twitter account, that it was all part of a legitimate discussion etc.
I gave this advice because at the time I still took your explanation in good faith and made the mistake of believing your story.
However, I then started to carefully review the information I had and started to notice various inconsistencies. Let me give just one of several examples:
On October 2, you wrote to me by email:
Hi Ali: Sorry that TWEET got posted. Facebook has now decided they are going to attach our TWITTER account to my Facebook page. Someone sent me that link, and I just forwarded it on without watching it (as I was on a train to Toronto). I guess that will teach me to watch things first.
On October 3, in an email to another person which you copied to me, you wrote:
I was in a hurry to get on a plane to Canada and didn’t watch the video, or I never would have posted it, so I apologize profusely. I’m also very concerned that my personal Facebook page has been either hacked or altered to include the Free Gaza TWITTER page. It should not be on any page but the Free Gaza Facebook page, and I am following up with Facebook (as hard as that is to do).
So in one version of the story you were on a train to Toronto, and in another version, the next day, you were getting on a plane to Canada.
The tweet was posted on Sunday, September 30, but your last speaking event in Ontario, according to the Gaza Ark calendar, was September 29.
Like many other people, I wanted to — and did — take your explanations in good faith.
We had multiple email exchanges in the days before I published my first post on this matter, and at every step I urged you to talk to your board and to decide collectively what to do, and to treat the matter with urgency, transparency and seriousness.
As I became more and more doubtful, and after I saw the contents of the “Our Land” Facebook group that you actively administer — which contains a large amount of unchallenged racist and anti-Jewish material — I came to realize that your explanations did not hold water. Some of the most offensive material has been scrubbed from that group in recent days, but I know that copies of it exist.
If my mistake was at first to accept your explanations in good faith, then I admit that I am guilty of that, but you alone are responsible for your actions and statements.