Posted in: Letters To Readers
Published on Dec 19, 2016 by Phyllis Chesler
I Must Correct An Error in One of My Articles
I’ve made a mistake. Please forgive me. I don’t often make such mistakes but I am only human and at the time, was fast descending into the worst flu known to humanity. I am still speaking in a bare whisper. No excuses though.
I relied upon a press release for my latest article. It was about the American-Jewish groups that would not attend a Chanukah party last week—indeed, did not attend that party and vowed to protest it as well but the party was given by the Azerbaijan Embassy at the Trump Hotel in D.C.--and not by President-Elect Donald Trump. It was also co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations and attended by the American Sephardi Foundation and the Zionist Organization of America, among other Jewish-American groups.
My most important point, still stands, namely, the refusal of J Street/ADL/left-liberal Jews to be respectful towards President-elect Trump. Their derangement is almost fundamentalist in attitude.
I also stand by what I wrote about both about Breitbart and about Steve Bannon. Neither the site nor the man are anti-Semitic or racist-“Islamophobes.” For years, I published feminist and pro-Israel articles there, as well as articles about anti-Semitism. Writing about rising anti-Semitism and gender apartheid in the Muslim world is neither racist nor “Islamophobic.”
Alleged “Islamophobia” is like the charge of being a Communist in the early 1950s.
If you review the artilces at Breitbart from 2012-2015 you will find many pro-Israel articles; documentation and condemnation of anti-Semitism; documentation and condemnation of Muslim persecution of Christians and all other infidels; documentation and condemnation of Muslim-on-Muslim violence; documentation and condemnation of gender apartheid and honor killing. I know because I wrote such pieces for them as did many other writers. None of this amounts to your stereotype of "alt-right" racism.
I am writing directly to you because I posted a comment at my own piece—but it has yet to appear. I wrote to my editor there who may be in transit. I posted about this at Facebook—but I fear that my mailing list friends may not have received this information. I acknowledge Jason Guberman, of the American Sephardi Foundation, who called this error to my attention.
Chag Sameach and Merry Christmas; have a Soulful Solstice, and a Redemptive Roman New Year.
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