Abunimah loves to tweet hate

Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada notoriety seems to spend quite a bit of his time on Twitter: so far, he has posted almost 58 000 tweets. Many of his recent tweets are devoted to promoting the hashtag #IsraelHates, – which, as it turns out, was initiated by Abunimah himself.

Since Abunimah used it to spread all the anti-Israel clichés and slogans so beloved by “pro-Palestinian” activists, he quickly attracted a crowd of enthusiastic fellow-tweeters, and soon enough, Abunimah’s campaign was fired up by a frenzy of hatred for Israel that was strong enough to carry Abunimah’s hashtag into Twitter’s worldwide trends.

Reading through these tweets makes it easy to imagine the violent atmosphere of anti-Jewish pogroms in Eastern Europe or the Farhud that targeted Baghdad’s ancient Jewish community.

Abunimah didn’t mind at all, as is illustrated by the fact that he retweeted this:

@RobaSalibiRobaSalibi

#IsraelHates me , my family, my relatives, my friends, my country, Arabs, humanity!

21 hours agovia Mobile WebFavoriteRetweetReply

Retweeted by AliAbunimah and 13 others

Indeed, Abunimah was very satisfied by what he had accomplished:

@AliAbunimahAli Abunimah

Trending #IsraelHates was a beautiful thing. Thanks everyone, and remember: Israel hates us all.

22 hours agovia Twitter for Mac

People of goodwill often argue that it’s possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. Ali Abunimah is clearly a widely admired pro-Palestinian activist. The hate-filled messages he elicited with his IsraelHates-hashtag will remain as a record of genuinely popular “pro-Palestinian” activism focused exclusively on denigrating and demonizing Israel.

Currently, Ali Abunimah’s most recent message triumphantly celebrates that his “hate” message managed to drown out the responses tweeted under the hashtag “Israelloves”.

@AliAbunimahAli Abunimah

Great summary by @iRevolt: #IsraelHates Leads Worldwide Trend on Twitter, While Counter-tag #IsraelLoves Lags Behind http://cynicalarab.org/2011/12/05/israelhates-leads-worldwide-trend-on-twitter-while-counter-tag-israelloves-lags-behind/

7 minutes agovia Twitter for Mac

A great victory for pro-Palestinian activism?

12 responses to “Abunimah loves to tweet hate

  1. It would be nice if my country’s president, Mr. Obama, who once was an acquaintance of Mr. Abunimah, was made aware of what pro-Palestinian activism is about. Here is what Mr. Abunimah has written about Mr. Obama:

    ‘Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others Obama was forthright in his criticism of US policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

    As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, “Keep up the good work!” ‘
    Source: http://electronicintifada.net/content/how-barack-obama-learned-love-israel/6786#.Tt7ImMBjAkU

    Evidently, the ‘good work’ includes, as you note, hate filled bile.

    • OMG — if what AA claims is true, this is dire… As far as I can tell, Abunimah’s “work” was always what it is now; and — though I would have to re-check this — I’m pretty sure he supported the “Al Aqsa” intifada.

      And what can I say: I was an ardent supporter of Obama; in fact, once he was in the Senate, I predicted that he would be America’s first black president (only I thought he would first serve as Hillary’s VP). Now I’m sorry I was partly right — because I sure was big time wrong about Obama.

  2. Petra,

    It was reading the noted article which dissuaded me from voting for president in 2008. That was a first for me. I normally line up for Democrats – Jacob Javits, being the GOP exception that makes the rule, as they say. But, I was not going to vote for the GOP, even though McCain is actually a decent man. Ms. Palin was a person of no experience with views that are not my views. [ AN ASIDE: An analysis of her emails by a writer for the New Republic, a major liberal magazine, found that she (a) is a very good writer and (b) conscientious towards her then position as governor. Go figure!!!]

    On digging into Obama before the election, I uncovered all sorts of odd stuff. Some of it made the news; some did not. Obviously, there was his preacher – Obama’s mentor, by his own reckoning – who hates Israel and who sounds, albeit in the Christian tradition, a lot like the demagogue Farrakhan. It turns out – and this did not get much reporting – that Obama also attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March. How naive could Obama have been not to know what that movement is about. Obama, if memory serves me correct, gave an interview after the “March” and said he largely agreed with it, while noting as an aside that he thought some of the language about other ethnic groups (e.g. asians) was troubling.

    That was one election where, I think, information from GOP types turned out to be more or less truthful, not mere hype. I am, to be frank, inclined to believe that the “real” Obama is an “even-handed” advocate. I have to assume that the last two years must somehow have impacted in some way on his ideological views although, clearly, he has advisers who employ rhetoric that is consistent with his policy from early in the administration.

    • Our exchange reminded me of a story from the last US presidential election: I talked with some very close friends who were very active in the Civil Rights movement, and I was sure they would be delighted to have the chance to vote for a black president — but it turned out they weren’t, not just because they were concerned about Obama’s views on the Middle East and Israel, but also because they felt that he was too elitist and ideological to represent what America stands for.

      • I do not know about being elitist. But, he clearly an ideologue and ideologues tend to make one mistake after the next because they have difficulty adjusting to facts. Rather than change the theory, they choose to make believe that the fact is an exceptional case, not to be repeated.

        Now – and you are correct to point to Barry Rubin -, Obama’s serial unwillingness to confront the reality of today’s Muslim regions will cost the US and your country. I do not know what the correct policy would or ought to be. I do know that his policy seems to being helping the Islamists and I really do not see how that leads to a good ending. And making believe that those who support an anachronism will be able to rule without resorting to violence and war is, to me, nuts.

        I would have voted for Hillary. However, I do not think she is a good Secretary of State. Someone with real brilliance in the field was needed. She is not it. And, I rather doubt that now would be a good time for her as president, although she would have brought experience – not mere ideology – to the plate. My gut about Obama is that brought the amount of experience – perhaps less – that Ms. Palin would have brought, only with a different idee fixe.

  3. Delicious heresy in the last sentence!

  4. Thanks. And, I am enjoying your blog a lot. I think we have large areas of agreement – although, I also like to read things with which I disagree. It is good for the mind, I think.

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