A Ludicrous Follow-Up to Last Night’s Mess (with Update)

The tempest in a teapot continues. Chemi Shalev of Haaretz has a post up about my bad night last night in which he says I said “students at Swarthmore College deserve to be spat upon.” This is false, and he should correct it. I was talking about the Swarthmore Hillel’s announcement it would host anti-Zionist as well as Zionist speakers. What I said was that if you advocate anti-Zionism you are calling for the destruction of the homeland of my family. You are free to do so, and I am free to revile you and spit upon you. Like I said, I had a bad night, and this bit of hysterical rhetoric was not my finest verbal improvisation. The clear sense of the Swarthmore Hillel story was that the anti-Zionist speakers Hillel would sponsor would be creatures like the author of the year’s most disgusting book, not “Swarthmore students”—all of whom should continue to walk the paths of their gorgeous arboretum campus, comforted in the knowledge they are safe and will remain dry.

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A Ludicrous Follow-Up to Last Night’s Mess (with Update)

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