The Upside Down Attack on Josh Treviño
M.J. Rosenberg is a writer who—though himself of Jewish origin—regularly uses anti-Semitically loaded language to attack Israel and its defenders.
(See Commentary's Alana Goodman for a review of Rosenberg's record.)
Now he has a new target: Josh Treviño, co-founder of RedState.com and a newly hired columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper. On hearing news of the hiring, Rosenberg tweeted: "Trevino is every Jew's nightmare.Protest to Guardian. Creepy white racist."
And what is the affront that qualifies Treviño as "every Jew's nightmare"? His defense of Israel!
Seth Mandel in Commentary:
In fact, one of the reasons people like Rosenberg and some of his more viciously anti-Zionist allies in this crusade against Treviño—like Ali Abunimah, whose site has gleefully compared Jews to Nazis—is that Treviño is not only an admirer, though not a practitioner, of the Jewish faith, but he’s also a staunch, unapologetic defender of Israel. And here we get to the crux of the “fire Treviño” bandwagon.
Treviño was among the vast majority of Americans to stand up for Israel’s right of self-defense against the “flotilla” movement seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. Since the first such flotilla included a terrorist-funded boat full of armed extremists who tried to kill Israeli soldiers, Treviño was on fairly solid ground here—and most Americans felt the same way.
You can agree or disagree with Israel’s blockade—which even the United Nations declared was legal—but Treviño held a majority opinion (at least in the United States) and has nothing to apologize for.
There are a lot of Jews in the universe defined by "every Jew," but there can't be many of us who regard our friends as "nightmares"—or who regard those who pander to anti-Semites as our friends or champions.