The Times of Israel accidentally allowed its bigotry to hang out (again!) when it allowed a blog advocating for the extermination of the Palestinian people to be published. The backlash to the post has been quite severe — so severe that the person whose name was attached to the piece has spoken out, completely dismissing any association with the Times of Israel or the article in question.
“Jewish divine law makes it very clear: the ‘Palestinians’ not only have no right to any land, but the ‘Palestinians’ are not even human beings and thus have no right to even live at all,” read the piece, which was allegedly penned by Josh Bornstein, the president of an Australia-based Jewish advocacy group.
The author, describing Palestinians as “worthless subhuman beasts and vermin.” explained that, by even acknowledging “Palestinian land,” Netanyahu betrayed Israel:
Any Jew who speaks of “Palestinian land” clearly has a very deep misunderstanding of Jewish law. The Talmud makes it very clear that all land belongs to Jews, and that Jews may seize any land that they so desire. Schulchan Aruch, Choszen Hamiszpat 348: “All property of other nations belongs to the Jewish nation, which, consequently, is entitled to seize upon it without any scruples.” This is directly from the Talmud. Why, then, should the “Palestinians” be entitled to any land? Why should they even be allowed to exist?
“Bornstein” advocated a FINAL solution for the Palestinian ‘problem’:
The thing to be done about the ‘Palestinians’ is to KILL them, exterminate them, get rid of the. How do we deal with cockroaches? We don’t argue or debate with them. We exterminate them.
He goes on to explain that Jews should kill Muslims, Christians, and all other nonbelievers:
If we exterminate cockroaches because they destroy the foundations of our houses, why shouldn’t we also exterminte “Palestinians,” who destroy the foundations of the Jewish state of Israel? Shouldn’t “Palestinians” be treated even more harshly than cockroaches, termites, and other smaller parasites? “Palestinians” are, after all, a much more powerful and destructive breed of parasite. Whereas cockroaches and termites merely destroy buildings, the “Palestinian” virus threatens to destroy the entire nation of Israel and the Jewish people along with it. Shouldn’t we treat the “Palestinian” cancer the same way we would treat any other cancer? Shouldn’t the “Palestinian” parasite be swiftly and violently exterminated, the same way we would exterminate cockroaches or termites? The answer is yes, and the Talmud clearly agrees with me. The Talmud says (Coschen hamischpat 425 Hagah 425. 5): “It is the law to kill anyone who denies the Torah. The Christians belong to the denying ones of the Torah.” Under Talmudic law, Jews are permitted – and, in fact, encouraged – to kill Christians, Muslims, and anyone else who denies the Torah.
But, Palestinians serve one purpose — maybe — in the eyes of the author — Medical experimentation:
The only use that “Palestinians” could possibly serve would be as test material for medical experiments. Normally, we wouldn’t be able to conduct medical tests on humans if those tests cause significant pain. But, since “Palestinians” aren’t humans, we can cause as much pain as we want to them. We can inject “Palestinian” children with unstable chemicals, we can chop open pregnant “Palestinian” women, we can strip the flesh off of “Palestinian” babies – we can do whatever we want to these worthless subhuman vermin. And, by conducting medical experiments on “Palestinians,” we can obtain medical knowledge that will ultimately be useful in providing medical assistance for Jews. Not only that, but it would also be a lot of fun to do. Could there be anything more satisfying than the helpless screams of a “Palestinian” child as it’s torn apart by Jewish doctors? I certainly can’t imagine anything more enjoyable. The Talmud (in Yebamoth 98a) clearly says: “All gentile children are animals.” Under Talmudic law, “Palestinian” children are not human. They are subhuman beasts and we are thus free to rape them, torture them, and kill them as we please.
“Whenever I’m asked how many ‘Palestinians’ Israel has killed, I know the answer instantly: not nearly enough,” he writes. “Until there is not a single ‘Palestinian’ left breathing, that answer will remain the same. ‘Palestinians’ are a plague upon Israeli civilisation, and they’re a plague that needs to be wiped out. My friends, the time to kill ‘Palestinians’ is long overdue.”
After the piece began to receive negative attention, the Times of Israel removed it — but an archived copy is still available online. Those attempting to visit the piece on the publication’s web site now see this:
After the backlash, Bornstein demanded an explanation as to why his name appeared on the site. On Twitter, he explained that not only had he not written the pro-genocide post, but that he had never written anything for the Times of Israel — ever.
I didn’t write that shit,” he said, noting that he is a “secular atheist.” He said he suspects the site was hacked. A 4chan post dated before the article was written lends credence to Bornstein’s claim that he did not write it.
“Using a fake Jewish name, profile, and photo, I got myself a blog on The Times of Israel. That’s the most widely-read Jewish publication in existence,” an anonymous poster wrote. “These people believe I’m really a Jew. Thousands – potentially even millions of people – will read my blog posts thinking that I’m a Jew. Not only do they think I’m a Jew, but they think I’m a Jew with authority. I made up a whole fake biography of myself.”
For its part, the Times claims it was tricked, and that evidence was saved “with the obvious intent of causing maximum harm.”
“We sincerely apologize to everyone who was affected, directly or indirectly. Most especially, we apologize to Josh Bornstein,” the Times wrote. No apology was explicitly offered to the Palestinian people.
However, this idea that Palestinians should be exterminated is not limited to a singular piece in the Israeli publication. Even if Bornstein did not write the piece attributed to him, the Times has a history of publishing pro-genocide op-eds.
In August, the Times of Israel pulled another genocidal post by Yochanan Gordon titled, “When Genocide is Permissible.” The article draws the conclusion:
“If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”
In both instances, the Times disavowed the “genocide” pieces — this time, perhaps with slightly more credibility than the when they took down Gordon’s “damnable and ignorant” piece in August.
In any case, this attitude presented in Times blogs — twice — is even present in higher levels of the Israeli government. In a Facebook post last year Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset, or Israeli Parliament, said that Israel’s army must:
…designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined.
“The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected,” and the areas would be ” “shelled with maximum fire power.” The army would “exterminate” all resistance.
Israel is quickly failing to learn the lessons of our world’s recent history, in which the Jewish people faced similar threats and sentiments — as well as actual murders — at the hands of Hitler’s Germany.
Some may say this is a limited and outlying sentiment, but it is becoming more and more clear that this is a deep-seated feeling oozing out from the cracks in Israel’s quickly-crumbling facade.
Did Bornstein write it? He seems genuine in his claim that he did not — and, of course, there is what seems to be a direct admission by the anonymous cuprait. Is this something that would not normally be published in the Times of Israel? Refer back to last year.
Bornstein is, understandably, attempting to protect his reputation from a serious attack. The Times, however, seems to simply be reeling from having its hand caught in the genocide jar again.
It is time for all who hold opinions even approaching the author’s to re-evaluate those feelings…before there is no turning back.
Genocide is never the answer. Never.
Editor’s Note: This piece has been updated to reflect that Bornstein denies writing this filth.
H/T: Talking Points Memo