Richard Silverstein from November 2009:
Jack Teitel’s legal defense team presents some interesting characters from the extreme settler movement. According to the Rosh Pina Project (full disclosure: this is a site affiliated with Messianic Jews) [that’s me!], Teitel is being represented by Ami Kedar, who is linked to Honenu. This group encourages IDF soldiers to defy military orders in enforcing discipline against settlers, including during the Gaza evacuation. It defends IDF soldiers accused or convicted of crimes against Palestinian civilians. It also raises funds for wonderful specimens of humanity like Rabin assassin, Yigal Amir:
Who or what is Honenu?
It is an Israeli legal group which campaigns for the release of Jewish murderers from Israeli jails when Arab murderers are released. They are headed up by Shmuel Meidad, known in right-wing circles as ‘Zangi.’ Meidad has previously spent time in prison, as has Ariel Groner, responsible for handling prisoner affairs in Honenu, who was arrested in 2006 and spent three months under house arrest. Groner was recently arrested after he was noticed handing out leaflets inciting violence against homosexuals, as was Teitel.
Richard Silverstein today:
Many of you will know that like here there’s a pro-Israel “idiot wind” blowing in England represented by the likes of Melanie Phillips and slightly more sophisticated types like Harry’s Place and Engage. Some of these have attacked me before. It appears that a Leeds University grad student named Joseph Wiseman created an anonymous blog (at one time he used the self-serving pseudonym, Mordechai Ben Emet), Seismic Shock, whose main purpose was dragging Sizer through the mud. Among other things it accused him of “supporting terrorist activity against Israel,” “whitewashing terrorism,” and “associating with some very nasty terrorists and Holocaust deniers.” It also inferred that he embraced “antisemitic [sic] theology and was a “fascist thug.” The primary rhetorical technique seems to be to associate Sizer with those who may truly be anti-Israel or anti-Semitic or pro-jihadi, or pro-Ayatollah, or Holocaust deniers. Once you establish a mere one or two degrees of separation, Sizer is as good as tarred and feathered. You know how it goes: David Duke republishes Sizer’s article–ergo, Stephen Sizer is…well you get the drift. It’s a sophisticated, but sleazy job by an articulate pro-Israel hasbarist. So naturally it rankled Sizer, especially the round the clock abuse published in Wiseman’s blog.
So if that’s really the case, then why would Richard Silverstein quote a ‘pro-Israel hasbarist’ on his blog?
He is ignoring the issues: we see here how a false accusation of belonging to the Zionist lobby is designed to deflect legitimate criticism of the anti-Zionist extremes.