“Carrie” and I were Facebook friends, but had never met in person. She was hot, sassy, eco-groovy, politically progressive, and we had many friends in common. Although I was planning to leave town for who-knew-how-long, I struck up an email conversation with her. Heck, I thought, maybe when I returned …
One evening, Carrie (not her real name) posted a photo from an article about a police brutality incident in Canada. Wanting to learn more (and, of course, to look cool by presenting myself as a curious truth-seeker) I dug around until I found the original full article on some activist media site. Then, not having heard of them before, I surfed their website to see what other news they published.
One their homepage, the website promotes and republishes the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” For those of you unfamiliar with the document, it was created over 100 years ago by the secret police in Czarist Russia as a propaganda tool to fan the flame of anti-Semitism, purporting to disclose a ‘global Jewish conspiracy’. The Nazis later used it as a key tool for garnering support for their genocide of European Jews. Any website that attempts to pass off a known lie as truth is not, in my book, a reputable, reliable news source.
Now, I didn’t think for a moment that Carrie had known about the site. In the social media age, I think most of us (myself included) are guilty of forwarding links about stories that we haven’t taken the time to verify. I’m also not suggesting that this police brutality article was necessarily even incorrect, but we certainly have enough problems in the world without fanning the flames of hatred, and a website that promoted hatred (and lies) is not one that I think any of us want to support.
One of the horrific side effects of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that resentment, anger and even hatred are growing in its wake. All of these are more than enough reason to find a viable solution as quickly as possible. Yet, the politicians haven’t figured it out, and we’re all suffering – some directly, and some indirectly. I suppose that if there were easy solutions, this would have been figured out a long time ago. So, with Peace continuing to elude the politicians, it saddens – but doesn’t surprise – me that a branch of the ’Pro Palestinian” Peace moment is not only anti-Israel, but also anti-Jewish.
What does surprise me, however, is how – one night in what started as an innocent Facebook flirtation – I stumbled into this vast pool of malevolence and hatred, some overt and some rationalized.
Here is the Facebook conversation, verbatim, with some additional comments to clarify how things unfolded. In addition to me and Carrie, there’s one more main character … let’s call him “Mr Angry” – I think you’ll soon see why.
It’s a long read – especially for those of you accustomed to light-hearted Tweet-style blurbs … but I think you’ll find it enlightening, if not (as least slightly) entertaining ….
So, let’s begin … it all started late one night ….
“Above and Beyond Acceptable! – Cop get a fucking hold of yourself!”
Dragged a handicapped First Nation elder out of her car for a broken tail light and threatened her daughter who was a passenger. Is this acceptable RCMP behavior? #BurnslakeBC
“Here’s the article behind the photo: http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=3065
(And then, a few minutes later …)
I checked out the folks who published the above article … RadicalPress.com proudly promulgates (as truth!!) the vile, long-discredited anti-Semitic propaganda hoax, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion), a Jew-hating lie created by the Russian secret police in 1903 (and later used by the Nazis) to insight violence by feeding people’s fear and scapegoating. RadicalPress can’t simultaneously promote lies and be entrusted with reporting the truth.
NOTE: Here, I really thought I was adding great commentary – Heck, Carrie was gonna totally fall for me now! … but then, out of the blue, a response by one of her FB friends …
Im not sticking up for radical press… cuz I know nothing about them… BUT….
Straus… your full of shit… your trying to discredit the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”…
your a zionist jew… your name Straus is a known zionist jew name…so of course you & your fellow zionists will try to discredit anything that tarnishes your false reputation of benevolence.
How is the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” a hoax…?
Anyone who is smart enough not to listen to you zionists can easily see all around us today that every bit of it is true!!
AND …. anyone who reads your racist bigoted talmud holy book will see for themselves the proof of what racist, bigoted, narcissitic, genocidal people with an agenda that you zionist jews really are.
Uh … nice to meet you, too, [Mr. Angry].
NOTE: Now, granted, at this point, I was pretty shook up. WTF? Not so shook up that I didn’t notice that Carrie had ‘Liked’ my retort … cool. I went to bed, a troubled sleep with very strange and fortunately long-forgotten dreams
Whatever… STRAUS… I was simply reading Carrie’s post and then I see your zionist BS bringing up the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” being a hoax. You picked a bad place to write that brother because I have no love or respect for zionists.
NOTE: It wasn’t until the next morning that I noticed that Carrie had “liked” Mr. Angry’s comments, too. Oh, shit. What I just stumbled into?? Then, I see a Message in my FB Inbox from Mr. Angry:
“Hey, I believe in the psychic stuff your into…ok… Im took part in remote viewing experiments 20 years ago so I do know there is more out there than what the eyes and senses can see.
Yes I had an issue with you saying The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is a hoax because I see proof all around us and I know whats in the Talmud.
But looking at what else your into… your name may be straus but you couldnt be a zionist consdiering what you do.
Apologies for jumping your shit & calling you a zionist. Best wishes to you with your projects your working on.”
NOTE: Lovely … while I’ve been sleeping, Mr. Angry has “Googled” me and determined that, because I’m exploring mysticism and the paranormal, I’m his kinda guy. I hold my tongue for a couple of hours but, given this has all been in a public forum, I don’t feel like I can easily walk away …
[Mr. Angry] You’re certainly entitled to your opinions. But angry, vitriolic, venomous hate speech? Seriously. As for the ‘Protocols’, they’ve been discredited for about 100 years, by people far smarter and educated than I. Though I suppose that, within your world view, the people who discredited the Protocols are, themselves, part of the global Zionist conspiracy, right? That would be convenient. After your rant last night, you emailed me something to the effect of “Hey, you’re into cool mystical stuff, so you obviously can’t be a bigoted, racist Zionist murderer.” I’m not quite sure which is more offensive, your initial hate-filled tirade, or your subsequent attempt to rationalize your nastiness. If you’re anger is based on the plight of the Palestinian people, I agree, I think it sucks, and so do tons of my friends and relatives (Jews, Israelis, Zionists, both religious and non-religious) who have struggled for years to find solutions, fighting for peace and justice. Your use of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is a cop out, just an excuse to justify your own racism. Good luck with that.
I posted this ~ this morning~ and it disappeared ~ here it is again~
“Uri Ariel, the Israeli housing minister, defied growing Palestinian anger over settlements by predicting that recent announcements of around 3,000 new settlers’ homes in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem would be followed by even bigger projects. ‘This is just the first course, and you know that usually the first course is the smaller course, it’s the appetiser, it’s not the thing itself,’ Mr Ariel, himself a settler, told Army Radio.”
Zionism is alive and well in all it’s forms all over the world ~ It’s an attitude of exclusionism and entitlement ~ Israel is one of thee biggest perpetrators of abuse and violence ~ right up there with America~ and of course fully funded by the worlds biggest War Munger the U.S.A.
Carrie, I don’t believe for a moment that you would accept it if someone labeled you, personally, as “racist, bigoted, narcissistic, genocidal” based on the actions of say, Karl Rove or GW Bush. There’s a huge difference between disagreeing (strongly, angrily!) with policies and condemning an entire people.
I am not speaking about individuals ~ thank you for allowing me to clarify this~ I am speaking to policies ~ funding~ and the implementation of aggression by a Country ~
What I messaged you was my way of saying that perhaps I shouldnt have jumped all over you… for believing you to be a Zionist so quickly… an wished you well in your endeavours instead…
however I also iterated that I was not retracting how I feel about Zionists, nor YOUR hate speech tactic supporting the lie… created by zionists, that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” were a hoax.
There was no hate in that, I pointed out the facts…. and then stated I have no love for zionists.
But your going to call that hate speech? As I said last night, you really are full of shit.
The evidence of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” being true can be found in the HATEFUL, racist, bigoted Zionist jew holy book the Talmud as well as looking all around us in todays society… EASILY anyone who just observes closely can see the evidence of it being true everywhere.
Easily all one has to do is read thru the jewish Talmud… the hate and racism and bigotry are there in that book… not in me pointing it out! But you say I am being hateful just because Im pointing it out?
Your fucking crazy.
Additionally, who owns the American media that constantly demonizes Islam and muslims? Zionist jews!
Which country is constantly illegally pre emptively attacking all of their non-jewish neighbors around them existentially?? Isreal !
Who is beating the war drum, telling the United States to attack IRAN…. though IRAN has attacked no other country? Again the answer is Isreal.
Who loves the Nazi’s so much… that they put them down using propaghanda about a holocaust… yet practice The Nazi ways in their own backyard with a berlin wall, torture, with holding food and water and mass committal of war crimes….on the Palestinean people? Again ISRAEL.
But you call me hateful ??
Not only that but you dare call me anti-semitic? I AM PRO SEMITIC… you fucking fool!
I support the Semitic peoples… all of them from Palestinean, to Arab To Syrian and so on.
You make me laugh. You really are a zionist. Look at your attitude. Better yet, look at yourself in the mirror Straus…. you are not SEMITIC at all !!
Look at your features, your white skin… you are not a Semite …. far less than 5% of modern jews look like Arabs and can trace their ancestry back to the “real” jews of ancient Israel….
The majority of you who scream anti-semitism if anyone criticizes the evil disgusting things your people do to others are not even genetically connected to the “REAL” Semitic OG jews from back in the day.
All modern lighter skinned jews are Khazarian in origin… they come from peoples of Southern Russian region… not the deserts of the middle east…. that is why none of you look like arabs or syrians or even Palestineans.
Arabs are Semites, Palestineans are Semites… Syrians are Semites… almost all modern jews ARE NOT!!!
So I am not anti-semitic… I am anti – zionist, and anti-genocidal-murdering-asshole.
Yes I am pro-palestinean…. yes I am anti-genocide, Yes I am against Isreal’s racist bigotry, yes I am against Isreal not sticking with 1967 borders as they continue to steal more land with their illegal settlements, and the walling in of the Palestineans with an Isreali version of an East Berlin wall and a Warsaw ghetto.
Yes I realize that not all jews are stupid enough to side with the genocidal murderers of Isreal… so I do not blame them all collectively….
but I do blame the Zionist for advancing their hate, their bigotry, their genocidal ways and their plans that fall in line with their beliefs as can be witnessed in their ugly, bigoted, hateful, racist holy book the Talmud as well as what the whistle blowers wrote in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
Next thing you’ll be telling me is that the holocaust is exclusively a jewish event in history. Well if you Zionists are such angels… then why did your Jewish slave masters in Russia slaughter 20 million christians
during the Bolshevik era and destroy their churches with fire?
That was a holocaust! And the reason Zionists jews are so good at using “holocaust” as a tool to advance their agenda is because they are responsible for carrying out that much much bigger holocaust in Russia
on Christians. Hell, they even supported Adolph Hitler as part of their agenda .
But back to you Mr Straus… apparently from what your saying, my apology for a hasty labeling of you … is an insult and you do not accept it? That is fine… if we ever run into each other… fight me then.
But I will not retract my feelings of anger toward zionists and my feeling of insult knowing they or you follow a holy book that is so murderous, racist, bigoted and hateful toward non-jewish people.
If you feel that makes us enemys Michael… then bring it.
Thanks, [Mr. Angry]. This has been … educational.
I exchanged a few emails with Carrie, trying to understand her position. While she said she didn’t defend Mr. Angry’s position, she certainly didn’t comment on his hate-filled rants, let alone in any way discourage his vitriolic outpouring. Her silence spoke volumes. So did the silence of her otherwise-actively-engaged Facebook friends.
I know that I should close with some pithy comment, quote from some famous advocate of peace, or some additionally self-effacing joke about my bad choices in choosing Facebook friends.
This entire exchange saddens me, and I wish that I had been able to respond better, in a way that would have built bridges rather than merely reinforcing already-established walls. There’s already so much pain in this world.