I have been deeply disappointed by all that has transpired around this issue. It is my personal view that this whole conflagration was the result, to use a metaphor, of people using a magnifying glass on a bright sunny day to peer into the dry kindling on the floor in search of smoke. And they found it. And the more they looked, the more smoke they saw. And now, we have a full blown forest fire claiming victim, after victim… Greta Berlin, Ann Wright, Your-Name-Here.
The original article to which Greta’s OurLand post referred is here:
I read the article and found it to be well-reasoned and well-researched. Does this mean that I agree with everything in the article? No. But much it has merit and gives useful historical background into a subject most Israel supporters, and perhaps as well, many Jews, would prefer not to think about.
In my view, the error was on the part or those who challenged Greta to prove that she was not, either an actual anti-semite, or at least a confederate of anti-semites. How could anyone prove that? Could any of us?
After 45 years of activism, and as the mother of two grown Palestinian sons, I would think that Greta Berlin should not have to prove her bona fides to anyone.
Ali Abunimah should have questioned the source of this story, coming as it did from Israel’s Social Media director Avi Meyer. Ali should have asked, is Avi Meyer a reliable and trustworthy commentator? Does he come to the issue of Palestine solidarity with any kind of a (mega) agenda? He didn’t do that. Instead, he sought, I believe, to want to “get out in front” of it, to prove himself. He then went ahead and, using access Greta gave, conducted a forensic audit of Greta’s Facebook account. To prove what? That he had examined her like some medieval priest and had ascertained that her metaphorical flesh was indeed without blemish?
Instead of giving credence to Avi Meyer’s naked and obvious attempt to paint Greta as an anti-semite, he should have just said, “Yes Avi, of course Greta Berlin is an anti-semite. In fact we all are. I thought you knew?”