What I’ve learned on Twitter today is that by far the most hateful, rude, obnoxious people on Twitter are the hard-core Zionists. The language and values they espouse are right down there with Pinochet and a certain German circa 1935. On the other hand, the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Palestinian rights supporters of all backgrounds are absolutely polite in comparison.
Here are two tweets from just a little while ago regarding the Flotilla:
I can’t help but wonder- are these people parents? Do they teach their kids this stuff? And you think us gay folks shouldn’t be parents?
I honestly can’t imagine holding the view that people with whom I disagree should be killed. That these people, one of whom is a CEO of a Hollywood company, feel so free to tweet such hate under their real names shows just how mainstream it is to hate the Palestinians and anyone who supports their human rights. And by the way, the two tweets I highlighted above are mild in comparison to some that are being tweeted out under anonymous identities.
I know some people think I’ve been too hard on this administration, and in particular the State Dept., over the last few days regarding their official statements on the Flotilla. But here’s why I am so upset- by denouncing peace activists in the strongest terms and making a link between the Flotilla participants and Hamas our govt has a) given a green light for Israel to believe it is justified in using deadly force and b) played a small but not insignificant role in legitimizing the kind of hateful, irrational views I”m seeing today on Twitter.
Since when is it ok to kill people simply because you disagree with them? By alluding that Hedy Eptstein, Alice Walker and the journalists covering the Flotilla’s journey are possibly in violation of US law for aiding and abetting terrorists, the govt has fed into the already toxic discourse that makes rational debate about Israel and Palestine impossible. The Obama administration has implied that the Palestinians of Gaza, by virtue of their geography, are terrorists and that none of them are human beings worthy of concern.