Daily Kos’ banned me and smeared Rachel Corrie, but we can’t give up on the Democratic Party
by MainStreet, Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 10:15:33 AM EST
Daily Kos boasts that MyDD is its "blog father," but there is no greater evidence that this son of blogs is an errant one, engaging in censorship and bias in its hosting of liberal Democratic efforts to gain a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Jim Harris, like many writers before him, is a peace activist formerly with the International Solidary Movement to achieve Palestinian freedom and self determination, who was BANNED, for no particular reason that he presented diaries about the ongoing injustices that are taking place on a daily basis in the Palestinian territories, completely ignored by the mainstream media. Here's his reflections on this incident (published by Mondoweiss):
.....I was banned from the site after writing on it for over 4 years.
My diaries mostly dealt with the daily and routine violence of the occupation. Home demolitions and evictions of Palestinians from their homes are the subject of many (and the mockery they make of a “peace process”). I was also not afraid to criticize the Jewish establishment, including the ADL and even groups like Hillel when some locals hosted Efraim Eitam. But the last straw was perhaps my last diary, a report of the protest of Israeli peace groups and their concern that Israel is becoming a fascist state. The pressure must have been too intense for the DKos administration to withstand, so it became easier just to ban me.
I was not all that surprised. In one of my comments, made in regard to the ADL’s attack on the Muslim Community Center planned in New York, I stated that no matter where we live in America “we can demand that bigotry be rejected by all, including New Yorkers, and the ADL.” It elicited this emphatic and crude response: “You have no fucking standing my friend, to demand anything.” That statement, I believe, encapsulates the view that, at Daily Kos, unless you conform to certain limits of acceptable criticism of Israeli policy and of the institutions that support Israeli policy (including the Democratic Party), you simply do not have any standing. For example, saying the Israeli settlements should no longer expand is permissible. But say that the US should cease the funding of Israeli aggression and you can expect to be attacked as being an anti-Semite.
A case in point, and again, very crude but not at all subject to administrative sanction at Daily Kos: in attacking the memory of Rachel Corrie and supporting the Official Israeli line about how she was killed....
Sons often rebel from their father's teachings, but in this case, it is a rebellion from the kind of liberal principles that led to the Civil Rights Act, which tore down the fabric of Jim Crow segregation. Now we have a similar situation in foreign policy that the US government is funding that goes well beyond separation of people; it extends to the military subjugation of a people, their occupation, while their homes and lands are being stolen. This is not a Democratic principle. Yet it seems that Daily Kos has appropriated the "except when it comes to Israel" stance now prevalent in the Democratic party.
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