Sunday, March 09, 2008

Shame on Me!

Life in Israel is often stranger than parody. As you know, I often
post sarcastic spoof pieces to make fun of the Far Left and of the Israeli
government. I usually assume that everyone will understand that the piece
is a spoof. Sometimes though people take the sarcastic piece literally
(it happened when I wrote that Israel had arrested Salman Rushdie for
offending Islam, and in a few other instances).

Well, there are two far-leftist faculty members at my school, the
University of Haifa, who fill up the professors' chat board with their
anti-Israel spam postings. They are also very abusive. One, let us call
him ML, demanded that I be forced to resign for insulting Neve Gordon and
called me a bowel movement in two distinct languages on the list. The
other, let us call him YY, denounced me for being a fascist, a mad dog,
and (gulp) homophobic. Both regularly participate in pro-terror
anti-Israel protests (mainly with the Arab students) on the campus.

I occasionally answer these critters on the chat board. Saturday night
I posted the following message:

Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 9:17 PM
Subject: [Segel-plus] Big Protest Planned Monday

You are all invited to join ML and YY, together with the campus chapter
of HADASH and Taayoush-North, to attend the University of Haifa campus
protest planned for Monday that will mourn the untimely tragic death of
the East Jerusalem Palestinian protester Alaa Abu Dhein, who was gunned
down for no reason after entering the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva this past
Thursday, without so much as a Miranda warning. The Palestinian was
protesting occupation and Israel's homophobic clericalist bigotry when he
was set upon by a group of religious settlers for no reason at all and
murdered in cold blood in the library of the yeshiva, which sits in Kiryat
Moshe on occupied Palestinian land. ML and YY have asked campus officials
to lower flags to half mast in honor of the martyred Palestinian

So all lovers of peace should attend the Monday protest with Hadash
and Taayoush.

Bring your own Hamas flags.


That would have been the end of it, except that someone from the list
leaked it to the outside. I have been getting hysterical phone calls and
emails all morning from University officials. It seems that many irate
phone calls are coming in to express outrage at the planned pro-terror
protest. Zionist student leaders were mobilizing to confront the
pro-terror protesters. Some politicians called the university in outrage.
Even the Chief Rabbi called in to protest.

Strangely no one noticed it is Adar Bet and close to Purim.

So to set the record straight, the posting was a spoof. But it is a
sad commentary on the nature of Israel's Far Left that so many people
actually believed the posting was for real. The gap between parody and
reality keeps narrowing

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