Two days ago, the San Diego chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish civil rights group, posted a press release titled ADL Dismayed Over Failure By Huffpost Arabi to Remove Anti-Semitic Blog
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today voiced disappointment over the failure by editors at HuffPost Arabi to remove a blatantly anti-Semitic blog after it was first brought to their attention several weeks ago. The Arabic-language blog promotes a conspiracy theory blaming Jews for the death of the Prophet Mohammed.
“It is troubling that an anti-Semitic screed cleared The Huffington Post’s editorial review process and that our concerns so far have been ignored,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We call on The Huffington Post to immediately remove this offensive entry and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place so that the Arabic site is free of anti-Semitism and incitement against Jews.”
The post is titled “Was the Prophet Poisoned With Arsenic” (or words to that effect). It examines the story of the perfidous Jewess (sorry, you don’t get much of a chance to use this word so I can’t pass it up) Zeynab bint Al-Harith (“bint” is also one of those late 19th century British words that can get you fired today if you use it) who poisoned Mohammed with arsenic. The same enlightened writer also seems to characterize the slaughter of Jewish prisoners of the Banu Qurayza tribe as anti-Islamic propaganda.
Unfortunately for Mr. Greenblatt, it would be rather impossible to withdraw that article without discounting Islam altogether. Muslims claim that Jews made many attempts on Mohammed’s life and the one by this woman succeeded. The story comes from hadith, essentially the Islamic equivalent of Gospels only without the “good news” part, which is classified “shahih,” or authentic.
In other news, the Jerusalem Post reports that Greenblatt has another gripe with the Arabic language Huffington Post:
The Huffington Post’s Arabic edition was also criticized late last month for calling attention to late pop singer George Michael’s “homosexual tendencies.”
I’d like this ADL guy to look up at the sky and tell me what color it is on the planet he’s living on because it damned sure isn’t blue.