Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin promotes call for Palestinian genocide

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Correction: I initially reported that Jennifer Rubin deleted her retweet of Rachel Abrams' screed. It turns out she did not.

In a blog post cheering the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, neoconservative activist Rachel Decter Abrams descended into a twisted call for genocide, calling for Israel to throw released Palestinian prisoners whom she described as "child sacrificing savages" and "unmanned animals" -- along with "their offspring" -- "into the sea, to float there, food for sharks."

Abrams is the half-sister of Commentary editor John Podhoretz, the wife of Iran-Contra felon and former Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams, and the daughter of Midge Decter and step daughter of neocon founding father Norman Podhoretz. She is also a board member of the right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel, which recently produced baseless ads claiming the Occupy Wall Street movement is anti-Semitic.

The Washington Post's neoconservative "Right Turn" blogger Jennifer Rubin is one of Abrams' closest allies in the media. As soon as Abrams tweeted out a link to her exterminationist blog post, Rubin -- whose Twitter account is "JRubinBlogger" -- retweeted it to her followers, clearly approving of its content. Indeed, Rubin is not known for using Twitter to simply curate news and opinions.

Here is a screenshot of Rubin's retweet of Abrams' call for mass murder:

In July 2010, the veteran CNN correspondent Octavia Nasr was fired for writing on Twitter that she was "sad" to hear of the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a figure instrumental in the foundation of Hezbollah whom she said she "respect[ed] a lot." Despite apologizing and explaining that she merely admired Fadlallah's strong stance against honor killings and support for women's rights, CNN heeded calls from pro-Israel groups for her termination.

An Ottawa-based diplomat from the Palestinian Authority, Linda Sobeh Ali, was reassigned by the Canadian government last week after she retweeted a link to a Youtube video that included a call for a war "against the soul of Zionism." Pro-Israel groups in Canada were responsible for bringing the retweet to the government's attention, and for pressuring it to act.

In the case of Nasr, CNN took full responsibility for what she wrote and promoted on her personal Twitter account. The news organization saw her tweet as a reflection on its reputation and credibility, and took action. The Washington Post has done nothing, however, about Rubin's approving promotion of her friend's call for genocide.

Does The Washington Post have a policy on the promotion of mass murder by its staffers? It is up to Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton to explain if Rubin's act was permissible according to his paper's ethical guidelines, and if so, why.

Pexton can be reached at 202.334.7582 or ombudsman@washpost.com


This kind of hate is disgusting. My ancestors boxed up British soldiers in Armagh and Omagh; sent them home horizontal or in pieces. Not bragging, just understand invaders with weapons and how those native defend their homes and families.

But there comes a time when it is time to break bread with one's enemies and stop the killing. Both sides can keep killing "just one more for revenge" or both sides can agree to be enemies and stop the blood letting.

Am I alone? Israel has made a science out of bulldozing olives, shooting deaf farmers who cannot duck as they are deaf, so they die. It is the national sport of Israel to behave as a "jackass of a man" (Hal Lindsey) quote.

If you take Linsey's book and substitue Bibi everywhere it says "arab" Linsey's book makes total sense.

The longer this goes on, the more tempted I am to hate Israel. I felt the same way about the PIRA, and am as Irish as it gets, almost. A few rockets hit a small stone wall, and DU missiles and DIME rains down on kids, water delivery trucks, news crews, etc. for weeks. Israel, your AIPAC/Hollywood propaganda just makes you look like pathological murderers

I am a Jew and I am an embarrassed Jew at reading that kind of garbage. Race baiting is not the way for civilized people to communicate with one another.

I can see that the various anti Jew internet watches are doing their jobs. Why? Because you are reading alakhbar. Not for knowledge but for denials etc.

Ahhhh, to smell the odor of freshly killed meat and later discover that it once belonged to Bibi Natanyahu and and his 'side-kick' Avigdor Liebermen: "I would pay 'Bucu' dollars for this delicasy - even if I had to feed it to the wild dogs of the Sinai thereafter, hoping they didn't wind up poisoned to death! (Sob-Sob).

I agree that the comments were not a call for genocide (though Rubin is not shy of such a thing!), but her remarks are still offensive and stupid. While Palestinian extremists have murdered children, so has the IDF and in far greater numbers. Rubin's shrill voice in this regard is not based in perspective or knowledge but hate and that is what is wrong with it. She is not a danger to Palestinians (Israel will take care of that!) but to all Jews worldwide as she identifies Jews with Zionist murder implicitly. Many Jews will support Israel in every which way but THEY WILL NOT RELOCATE TO ISRAEL and that is the telling lie and fatal weakness of Zionism. So they support the idea that others should live there but not themselves. This is the lie inherent in support for Israel: Support for Israel is guilt, plain and simple. And for this, thousands are dispossessed and ghettoized and finally "cleansed" by Israel.

Shalit was captured, not kidnapped, while on duty. Israel constantly kidnapps Palestinians, why do you think they have still over 5000 Palestinian prisoners. many of them held in " administrative detention" for years and without trial.
Abram's post is not only talking about the captors, she is demonizing a people, the mothers, children, their god. It is hatespeech and dehumanizes the unpeople. The only people named here are the children of Israel who do things "our" children do in their sweet humanity that calls for our protection. For Zionists can not even say the word "Palestinian"; the people we steal the land from are not human. It is disgraceful how the language of racism reappears and is tolerated when used in the context of defending Israel.

To defenders of a call to throw Palestinians to the sharks en masse, thank you for elevating this issue in the blogosphere (and I agree with you that Abrams is a horrible writer). Now let's let the Washington Post Ombudsman decide whether Jennifer Rubin promoted a call for genocide or simply mass murder.

If anyone said such things about the Israeli forces that have taken thousands of Palestinians captive it would be condemned for promoting hate and not just specifically against the Israeli captors themselves, but no doubt perceived as being against Israel and Jews in general, and he/she that said such things would be in danger of losing his/her job.

It is not right to turn around and allow such a thing be said about Palestinian captors just because they are Palestinians and did something Israeli forces do in casual frequency. Palestinians, including soldiers and fighters, are just as humans as Israeli soldiers and fighters, and all of them are just as humans as anyone else.

Israel and Hamas ended up solving the issue without violence, and yet this comment resorted to hate and implying an inhumane destruction of human life. She deserves to be held responsible for her words. She should apologize for saying such hateful things and promoting them in public like that.

i think max makes some assumptions when accusing her of advocating "genocide". her language is VERY racist, and clearly broad. it is unclear if she is advocating genocide, but she likely DOES advocate genocide if you crawled into her brain or heard her candid thoughts.

however, she is NOT referring to the released prisoners as some of you incorrectly assert- she referred specifically to his "captors", NOT the released prisoners. further, only a minority of the released prisoners where convicted of violence against israeli civilians (terrorism). she wishes death on his *captors*, which i think may refer to hamas itself, perhaps all members. further, she is likely not referring to the few militants who took part in the actual shalit kidnapping, as she notes "throw them not into your prisons, where they can bide until they’re traded by the thousands for another child of Israel, but into the sea". so she is referring to thousands of people, not a handfull, and not the released prisoners. therefore... she is most likely referring to-
1) all of hamas, or those in the armed wings, which would constitute a war crime if her dreams were carried out (not genocide, but a war crime; possibly crime against humanity)
2) gazans or gazan males in general (genocide)

rachel abrams: "Then round up his captors, the slaughtering, death-worshiping, innocent-butchering, child-sacrificing savages who dip their hands in blood and use women—those who aren’t strapping bombs to their own devils’ spawn and sending them out to meet their seventy-two virgins by taking the lives of the school-bus-riding, heart-drawing, Transformer-doodling, homework-losing children of Others—and their offspring—those who haven’t already been pimped out by their mothers to the murder god—as shields, hiding behind their burkas and cradles like the unmanned animals they are, and throw them not into your prisons, where they can bide until they’re traded by the thousands for another child of Israel, but into the sea, to float there, food for sharks, stargazers, and whatever other oceanic carnivores God has put there for the purpose."

i have jewish family, and have met many israelis, who call for ethnic cleansing (a form of genocide, which israel is engaging in, drip by drip over decades). some call for genocide through murder as well, namely some in the settler fringe and JDL. also, it is very common for israelis to lump all of those in hamas together, and often ALL GAZANS into one category. meaning.... gazans voted for hamas (but only ~half), hamas has armed wings which committed terrorist acts, hence gazans are all accountable and terrorists by extension. this explains why many in the IDF were comfortable using extreme firepower in the invasion of gaza in 2009, which mostly killed civilians, and many children. they did not have many legitimate targets, it was meant to be a show of force, hitting the civilian population by design.

basically, abrams is racist, as indicated by her language. it is unclear if she advocates genocide in *these* comments (but i am fairly confident she does advocate actions that DO amount to genocide, though her recent comments are inconclusive in that regard).

You have entirely misread Abrams' post. She spoke specifically of Schalit's captors, not the released prisoners and not their children. In any case had she meant all of the people you erroneously specified, that is still not genocide.

(I wonder if you've ever complained about the genocide inherent in the Hamas Charter.)

The tweet of Linda Sobeh Ali linked to a clip that specifically mentioned Jews, not Zionists. The reporting paper (Globe and Mail) then found someone who retranslated. In any case, the denial of a state to the Jews is also reprehensible, particularly coming from a Palestinian ambassador, as it reinforces frequent statements by the Palestinian government that indicate a plan to destroy Israel. That the west in general chooses to ignore this is stupid, but at least she got called this time.

Blumenthal, as usual, gets it wrong. The original blog post was not genocidal, and only called for the death of Gilad Shalit's captors.

Blumenthal is engaging in slander.


What are you complaining about. The guy that smashed in the head of a 4 year old Jewish girl is out. The guy that dipped his hands in blood is out. the guy that wiped out the sedar, sbarros pizza, out .The woman who tried to blow up the hospital tha treated her is out. A lot of people that killed Jews are out. Its a good day for a guy like you. I only wish that Samir Kuntar would visit your families house and give you his personal attention

It seems you're being disingenuous, either intentionally or not.

I think we can say that kidnapping is a bad thing to do. No country, certainly, thinks that its own soldiers should be kidnapped and held for five years in a bunker. That it "worked out" for the Palestinians in this instance is an ends-justify-the-means kind of thing. I would assume that you would disapprove if Israel started kidnapping Palestinian fighters and holding them ransom? My point is: anger at the specific people who kidnapped Shalit is understandable, yes?

And then look at the actual words that were in that blog post:

"Then round up his captors. . . and throw them not into your prisons, . . . , but into the sea, etc." Now, this paragraph is not well written (or too-well over-written, which is the same in my book) so the grammar is ambiguous, but the meaning I infer is that Bad Rachel is referring to "his captors" and the people who captured and held Shalit. NOT, importantly, the entire Palestinian people. To see this passage as meaning the entire nation, one would have to assume that all Palestinians are included in the group "his captors."

Do you think that all Palestinians are his captors? Or are are assuming that Bad Rachel does? Why not see this is a narrow reading, and as words spoken in anger, rather than a rational policy prescription? Those two reading seem more reasonable. To me, at least.

"I would assume that you would disapprove if Israel started kidnapping Palestinian fighters and holding them ransom?"

1) IOF is an occupation army. Palestinians have ALL rights to resist, including by military means

2) ISRAEL IS kidnapping Palestinians ALL the times, including children as young as 10, and women - relatives of politicians, and old people.

3) ALSO, IOF all times murder, torture, beat, rob and so on of ALL Palestinians - not only fighters, but babies as well

4) Not mentioning settlers' crimes

In short, Zionists are committing crimes against ALL Palestinians, just because they are non-Jews and do not want to clear their land for the master race - Jews.

So, next time please invent something more similar to reality.

You wrote the following:

' I would assume that you would disapprove if Israel started kidnapping Palestinian fighters and holding them ransom? My point is: anger at the specific people who kidnapped Shalit is understandable, yes?'

It is a indisputable fact that the state of israel has a common practice of kidnapping Palestinian Arabs (not to mention Lebanese, Egyptian...etc) and disappearing them into their prisons, where they have often been referred to as 'assets' by state authorities. As any israeli politician will tell you, these people are 'prisoners of the state of israel', and the common use of the term 'asset' can only imply that israel intends to use them for ransom. With this said, one must accept that the status of the israeli soldier was a 'prisoner of Palestine' being that his captivity was managed by the elected government of the Palestinians (Hamas)? Therefore, any comments about throwing the soldiers 'captors' into the sea must be taken as a threat toward the Palestinian people as a whole.

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