Salon.com to Team With Anti-Semitic News Service

It has been noted that Salon.com has been treading an increasingly anti-Israeli path and its recent announcement of a partnership with the anti-Semitic news site Mondoweiss.net seems another step down that road.

On July 16, Mondoweiss announced on its website that it was officially teaming up with Salon and the news is not sitting well with pro-Israeli activists and bloggers. Mondoweiss, they say, is a virulently anti-Semitic site.

Upon news of the teamup, for instance, the staff at the Algemeiner blog reported the many voices calling Mondoweiss an outlet for anti-Semitism.

A blogger at Elder of Ziyon blog also excoriated the move saying the teaming is the “mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.”

Michelle Goldberg of Tablet also agrees. Mondoweiss, she says, has become a “nucleus of anti-Zionist writing” and is “fulsomely, intensely anti-Israel.”

Even The Atlantic, no right-wing magazine that, called into question the extremism of Mondoweiss. On July 14, The Atlantic pointed out that, “Mondoweiss often gives the appearance of an anti-Semitic enterprise.”

Mondoweiss is not just populating the Internet with attacks on Israel, either. In January of 2011, three Mondoweiss writers, Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and blog founder Philip Weiss published a book lauding the now discredited 2009 Goldstone Report.

The Goldstone Report, you may recall, was a UN-sponsored report of results from an investigation into the 2008-09 Gaza Conflict. The original report excoriated Israel for its actions in the Gaza War. Many anti-Israel activists pointed to this report as proof of Israel’s crime. But eventually even author Richard Goldstone had to admit that his report was seriously flawed. By 2011 Goldstone had walked back the severity of his findings.

Salon has indulged many outbursts of anti-Semitism in recent years. To name just a few, in 2010, Max Blumenthal tried to smear investigative journalist James O’Keefe with anti-Semitism, then in Jan. of 2012 Salon published an interview of Zibigniew Brzezinski who essentially indulged an old trope that Congress was controlled by Jews, and a few months later, Salon writer Eric Boehlert characterized expressions by Muslims for another Jewish Holocaust as but “brash sentiment” instead of the virulent hatred that it is.

With this partnership with Mondoweiss, it appears that Salon is cementing its position as yet another intensely anti-Semitic website of the progressive left.

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  • jim_m

    Salon.com has been treading an increasingly anti-Israeli path

    They are just keeping pace with their left wing readership.

  • Commander_Chico

    Um, the writers at Mondoweiss are mostly Jews. They do not oppose Jews but rather the policies of the current Likud government of Israel.

    And, when Max Blumenthal accuses James O’Keefe with anti-semitism, it’s anti semitism even though he’s attacking a putative Irish-American, but when Warner Todd Huston accuses Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz with anti-semitism, it’s not anti semitism? I’m confused.

    • warnertoddhuston

      You got one thing right. You are certainly confused.

    • warnertoddhuston

      You got one thing right. You are certainly confused.

  • herddog505

    An ongoing problem is discriminating between “anti-Semitic” and “anti-Israel”. One can be the latter without being the former.

    I looked briefly at Mondoweiss. Seems very run-of-the-mill lefty: they hate Israel, love Palestinians, blame Netanyahu, Bush and neocons for everything wrong in the Middle East, and chide Barry and anybody else who they think is too chummy with the “apartheid state” of Israel. It may well be that there are commenters at Mondoweiss who are anti-Semites (lefties not being very careful when criticizing people they hate… er… I meant to say, honestly criticize for being intolerant and racist and mean), but it doesn’t appear that the site itself is.

    At least, no more so than than CNN, MSNBC, NYT, the DNC, etc.

  • herddog505

    An ongoing problem is discriminating between “anti-Semitic” and “anti-Israel”. One can be the latter without being the former.

    I looked briefly at Mondoweiss. Seems very run-of-the-mill lefty: they hate Israel, love Palestinians, blame Netanyahu, Bush and neocons for everything wrong in the Middle East, and chide Barry and anybody else who they think is too chummy with the “apartheid state” of Israel. It may well be that there are commenters at Mondoweiss who are anti-Semites (lefties not being very careful when criticizing people they hate… er… I meant to say, honestly criticize for being intolerant and racist and mean), but it doesn’t appear that the site itself is.

    At least, no more so than than CNN, MSNBC, NYT, the DNC, etc.

  • Brucehenry

    It’s no more accurate, necessarily, to call criticism of Bibi’s and Likud’s policy “anti-Israel” or “anti-Semitic” than it is to call criticism of Obama’s and Democratic policy “anti-American” or “anti-black.”

    Right here on this blog, and not just in the comment section, I’ve seen Obama and other Democrats described as communists, traitors, racists, America-haters, cozy-with-our-enemies, and terrorist sympathizers. Does that make you guys anti-American?

    If not, why are those who criticize Israel, its policies, or its Prime Minister anti-Semites?

    Give me an example of criticism of Israeli policy that carpet-chewing, foam-at-the-mouth “writers” like ol’ Warner here WOULDN’T call anti-Semitic.

    • jim_m

      I think it is because most criticism of Israel is based in belief in lies such as “The Jews stole the land from the arabs by force” and that Israel is solely responsible for the refuge crisis (and not the arab states that refuse to allow the immigration of refugees), that Israel is responsible solely for he Gaza blockade and that Egypt (who has a contiguous border with Gaza, yet keeps it closed) is entirely innocent.

      It also comes from the fact that many detractors are so willing to believe in blood libels against the Jews such as the Mohammad Al Dura fraud.

      When your whole policy is based on lies and frauds and blood libels, why should I believe that anything you say is not motivated by hate and prejudice?

    • jim_m

      Actually Bruce the point is that obama and his supporters are inherently anti-American. I don’t expect you to agree with that assessment, but I am surprised that you haven’t figured that out.

      • Brucehenry

        I rest my case, ladies and gentlemen of the jury.

        • jim_m

          And I mine. You really haven’t figured it out.

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