On Democracy Now! today I debated J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large and columnist at the newspaper The Jewish Daily Forward.
The discussion was ostensibly focused on US media coverage of Gaza, but I think Goldberg’s performance more accurately displayed the ways that “liberal” Zionists use euphemisms to obscure from view – their own and others’ – the full horror of Israel’s ongoing pogrom in Gaza and its decades of relentless violence and massacres against Palestinians.
Goldberg, while appearing critical of Israel, was actually advancing its most pernicious talking points, the goal of which is to blame Palestinian victims for their own deaths and to falsely portray Israel as the victim.
It was not easy to maintain my composure in the face of this. Just before the show, I had been looking at tweets from my friend Refaat Alareer, the editor of the book Gaza Writes Back.
Refaat is from the Shujaiya neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, but he is currently out of Palestine, far from his family. His neighborhood has been destroyed and dozens of its people killed in an ongoing Israeli massacre.
It is a small thing, but I offer this appearance on Democracy Now! as a gift to my friend Refaat.