Changes to the Mondoweiss comment policy
As written by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz on October 24, 2012
and deciphered by etominusipi’s 7th-generation Quantum Neural Net
Several times in the life of this site, we’ve revised the comments policy so as to progressively cut back on spontaneity and freedom of expression. We’re about to do so again, and this time in spades! — no more fiddling about on the periphery. As a result of a far-reaching shift in our underlying game plan we shall be moving the goal-posts onto another, and hopefully altogether more level and even, playing field.
Whereas in the past we have published comments on the basis of whether they abide by certain public and clearly stated ground rules, our new policy will involve heavy editorial censorship of the content of comments. Yes, that is a purely subjective test, if you want to cavil, but we have no other choice if we are to obey the directive we have received from you-know-where.
Obviously this new line can most easily be put into place by representing it as a result of the recent cleverly orchestrated furore whipped up over purportedly anti-semitic comments posted from the Free Gaza Movement Twitter account. That incident has served as the bridgehead for a carefully timed putsch within the leadership of the movement for Palestinian human rights. Given how many of our sayan comrades have now been successfully infiltrated into the broader movement, this e-Naqba announced that now is the time to show our hand – we wish, finally, oy veh!, to give up all the crocodile tears and hand-wringing over the sufferings of Palestinians, who, in a final analysis, have only themselves to blame. They were the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their proximity to Greater Israel is a geographical accident. If there have been fatalities and maimed children let us also remember the road-death toll. Far more people die as a result of road traffic accidents than through the actions of the IDF. Accidents, by their very nature, are not always pleasant. There are likely to be casualties. But at least the Palestinians have been awarded a global Victim Status that is the envy of many of us here on the Mondoweiss editorial board. And still they complain! Some people goyim seem to possess neither manners nor any sense of gratitude.
What we shall now focus on is to discuss Israeli policy in the context of Jewish history and Jewish identity, and do so in an inoffensively uncritical manner. Clearly a lot of people, including many in our community, do not want to have these conversations about the Naqba and its continuing consequences and regard them now to be quite unnecessary if our real goal is to serve as an ideological support for the indefinite continuation of the permanent low-grade Middle East conflict which serves Israeli interests in so many ways. So we simply will not tolerate criticism of Israel or of Jews, any Jews, any more. We are sick and tired of serving as a platform for this type of discussion. Although we have long ago been very careful with main posts, the truth about the Naqba has shown itself to possess an ugly habit of rearing its head in the comment section, and we just don’t see this as productive any more. From here on in, the Mondoweiss comment section will no longer serve as a forum which tolerates any statement of uncomfortable facts about Jewish power or about Zionism as the driving factor in Israeli and US policy in the Middle East.
We are making this change because such discussions often show Israel to be a toxic, racist, society, and this scares off those who might otherwise be drawn to the issues this site concerns itself with. Obviously some of our own posts have broached issues of Jewish identity; and we will continue to publish carefully vetted critiques of Jewish identity construction and generous analyses of the Jewish political establishment—what Tony Judt praised as the most powerful Jewish community since the days of the pre-Khazarian Roman Empire. But we’re going to sharply curtail commenters’ freedom to address Palestinian suffering and oppression as having anything to do with Israel or with Jews. Likewise we shall implement zero tolerance towards any poster who, explicitly, or even (by selection of words) implicitly, seems to us to oppose in any manner whatsoever the unquestionable axiom that all forms of collective Jewish community-building are very positive. What is good for the Jews is good for humanity and if people won’t recognise this obvious truth it’s about time we rubbed a few goyish faces in the excrement pour encourager les autres.
We believe passionately in free speech and expect that these censored or excommunicated commenters will find some white suprematist hate site where they can continue their blatantly anti-semitic so-called conversations. In any case we really don’t give a shit! We don’t want free speech here; it interferes too much with our work. And as we’ve said, we’ve been given our orders. In matters concerning pipers and tunes, it’s crucially important to understand very precisely the role-differentiation between players and payers, and to recognise our own unique place in this ancient bierarchy.
In addition to censorship and proscription, we will be redoubling our effort to implement our current comments policy in as restrictive a manner as possible. That means no serious disagreement with the editors, and no trolling, except for those whom we are informed have been sent here to develop skills in the more advanced levels of hasbara disinformation and forum disruption. We want the comment section to be a constructive addition to our ongoing and successful hasbara training program. Serious discussions, or attempts to articulate unpleasant truths about Israel, the treasonous role of dual Israeli-US citizens, 911 truth etc. etc. etc., can only serve to undermine that aim.
What’s allowed? What’s not? We’re going to have an extremely tight screen on comments, almost as if they’re letters to the the Guardian, deciding ourselves which are near enough to the new Mondoweiss directive on community values to be posted. In doing this we realize that we’ll inevitably lose most, perhaps all, of the really perceptive and insightful comments on Mondoweiss, and we understand this change will lead to the elimination of meaningful debate and any useful and open-minded exchange of opinions. We regard this as a loss, but we don’t see any way around it. They are feeling rattled in Herzliya HQ, and the time has come to kick ass. As Chaim Weizmann advised: when the goyim are hot on your scent, it’s time to re-read your Goebbels.
As I have often remarked, even an urbane and highly intellectual American Jew is not so big that he can’t shed a few crocodile tears when the occasion calls for a sentimental display of emotion. And Adam agrees fully with me on this. We have both greatly valued the previous comments section. We’ve all learned a lot from commenters here about how some of the more articulate goyim view our implementation of the program layed down long ago and formulated in the forged Protocols . Indeed several of the commenters have taken the shabat goy oath, and become contributors. Annie Robbins wouldn’t be an assistant here had it not been for the comment section, and we will, in one rather convoluted sense, regret to lose the insight, knowledge and passion that many of the commenters who used to post here feel about the issues we used to cover. We are not such fools that we can’t see that this change will lead to highlighting the dullest part and most intellectually tame contributions to our comment section, while eliminating the best it had to offer.
We are proud of this site because we think it has a vital and historic role to play in reforming American policy. Clearly the rich comment section is not incidental to that role, but a major part of the life of the site. Please help by kow-towing to this ludicrous and blatant change of policy and trying to be more ‘thoughtful’ in your remarks.
Otherwise you can piss right off.
Orders are orders.