I wear the recognition of my haters as a batch of honor, of course. Much to be preferred over Jew-haters seeing me as an exception, a kind of OK Jew.
Qosh is a very nice website that harvests and links to “the columnists from English Newspapers and Blogs around the world by their social media popularity.” This is how they present themselves in English.
Since their site, besides an English version, only has a Turkish one, I find it safe to assume they reside in Turkey (busted!). Why am I not surprised?! In any case, they’re not native English-speakers since they wrote “We constantly pay attention on the ordering system to work properly.” Clumsy and faulty. But it’s free for all parties and their site’s idea is good.
They ‘clarify’: “There is no political ideas/parties of ours on QOSHE.” Google Translate© made their Turkish half-way intelligible: “There is no political tendency, no taking sides, no doing politics. We do not accept any responsibility if we wish to be politicized and shared and used in this context.” They are neutral, don’t take sides, don’t approve or disapprove of anything they link to. The disclaimer is warranted because the Turkish president and his police force don’t like dissents—an understatement.
Some years ago, they included me just as, I assume, all the other Times of Israel bloggers. So far, so good. Until in the last month. Suddenly, some of my blog posts were not inserted anymore. And then, October 20, was my last post they took. That was it. 50 of my TOI colleagues are still on it.
By the way, among the dozens of countries they list, the Netherlands with dozens of authors, Israel is absent. The Times of Israel and anti-Zionist Haaretz are classified under World. Not included are the English Internet news sides the Jerusalem Post, World Israel News, the Algemeiner, the Jewish Press, Arutz 7, Israel haYom, and even the JTA. Knowledia is a similar Christian-based site that likes Israel. They have also discontinued me, but that was, no doubt, because I’m also critical about Christianity.
Innocently, I notified Qosh something seems wrong. No reply. No answer is an answer too. So much for not taking sides. Without lying and cheating, Antisemitism dies. Jews living in Israel have no excuse for being soft on the Oldest Hatred. I don’t fault the Qosh editors for squashing me (a pun?). They might lack the safety and freedom of the press to host me any longer.
I’m told that recently, one of my posts against Jew-hatred has ignited Antisemites’ ire on social media. Finally, I’m getting popular. Alas, only among the haters. I understand why it’s that post. It spells out, point-by-point, what is Antisemitism and takes no prisoners. Says Jon Lovitz: “When Jews fight back, people don’t like it.” But there is no such thing as a bad press (pun not intended). Maybe the rest of humanity will start to pay more attention to my posts now Antisemites consider me unkosher.
Social media is so slow. Until something finally goes viral. Already a year ago, a US Nazi website spotted me. (How is the US democratic and its legal there to spread racial hatred and supremacy?!) Also, Chinese sites and Spanish sites discovered (and translated!) me. That’s quite a readership.
It was labeled comedy, questionable, mature, and Jewish supremacy! LOL Poor reading skills or high stress levels? Antisemites blame Jews for being poor and rich, smart and stupid, artistic and subhuman. Nothing new.
It’s never been better being an activist, to work for a better world.