Richard Silverstein, evidently in an attempt to ‘heal the world’, exposes & endangers pro-Israel blogger

One of the more telling traits of anti-Israel leftist commentators is their immutable belief in their own virtue.  As I’ve argued elsewhere, Israel’s leftist Jewish critics often see themselves as more virtuous, more morally enlightened than their opponents, and, by definition, free of prejudice, hate or malice.

Thus, the NYT’s Thomas Friedman can advance an argument about the corrosive effects of Jewish power on the American body politic which is nearly indistinguishable from those found on the antisemitic right, while largely escaping opprobrium from his political fellow travelers.

An even more egregious example of this dynamic is found on the blogs of Jewish commentators such as Glenn Greenwald and Philip Weiss – who both employ classic antisemitic tropes while continuing to enjoy the moral rewards endowed by the “progressive” brand. 

They often see themselves as – per the name of Richard Silverstein’s blog – attempting to perform Tikun Olam (to repair of heal the world).  They may express hate towards Israelis, and diaspora Jews who support Israel, with an unbridled passion, and even at times defend the most reactionary and racist (anti-Zionist) movements, yet reconcile such enmity as somehow consistent with the values of liberalism and tolerance.

As Woody Allen’s character in Annie Hall quipped, “I’m a bigot, I know, but for the left”.

As we noted in our previous post about Silverstein – in which he was caught posting what he thought to be the personal identity of a pro-Israel blogger with the flimsiest of evidence – his liberal street cred (as a supporter of “social justice”) has not substantially been eroded, despite a record of commentary which includes defending Hamas, characterizing Israelis soldiers as “subhuman“, and likening the Jewish state to Nazi Germany – all while comically claiming to “love” Israel.

Richard Silverstein

One would think that, following the revelations of Silverstein’s gullibility and recklessness in attempting to expose the identity and location of a pro-Israel blogger, he would be at a bit repentant, and perhaps engage in some self-reflection over how his blog, which fancies itself a forum for healing the world, had devolved into a disseminator of vicious anti-Zionist antiprop.

In fact, not only has Silverstein’s subsequent posts clearly demonstrated that no such introspection, personal or political accounting of his devolution occurred, but the opposite dynamic appears to have taken hold.

Per Israellycool in a Dec. 31st post:

While I enjoyed the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest with my family (and thus could not be online), anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein went ahead and revealed what he claims is my real identity, including the neighborhood in which I live. He also claims to have seen photos of my wife and kids.


Silverstein, in the post cited by Israellycool, gloats:

Dave.  I hope you’re ready for your closeup.  Dave was proud that he snared me in a trap he set inducing me to report a fake identity that he’d devised.  What he didn’t bargain for was that someone (not me) would be so offended by his shenanigans that he outed him.  So here’s what I know: his home address and phone, his wife’s name, her website.  I’ve seen pictures of him, his wife, his kids.  I know where his parents live…

Silverstein then revealed the neighborhood where Dave lives, and issued the following thinly veiled threat:

Dave and his supporters may be tempted to dream up some twisted form of revenge.  I’m holding information in abeyance to tame their passions.

Silverstein concludes:

People now know who he is.  If he continues breaking rules and acting the role of agent provocateur, at least we now know who to blame and can  put a name and face to his misdeeds.

And, now we know who you are Richard – a spiteful, petty and grossly irresponsible propagandist.  

It speaks volumes about the Jewish anti-Zionist left when their understanding of liberalism is so distorted that terrorist movements like Hamas can engender their sympathy – and inspire “liberal” imagination – yet what moves them to righteous outrage are Jews like Aussie Dave with the temerity to passionately and unapologetically defend their family, their community, and their nation from the very real threat posed by malevolent antisemitism.

There’s nothing liberal about Richard Silverstein and his fellow travelers, nor is his animosity towards the Jewish state in any way consistent with the values of Tikun Olam.

You can’t simultaneously claim to “love” Israel, while loathing, and continually expressing contempt towards, actual Israelis.  

Hate – even in the name of “progressive” politics – is still hate. 

14 replies »

  1. This smug bugger is healing the world by injecting his venomous views on Israel……..

    He has the smug looks of a cane toad…………..

  2. Adam, I am torn between exposing this apology for a human being for the charlatan he is (healing the world indeed!) and begging you and others not to give him the oxygen of publicity he so desperately needs to feed his oversized ego.

    He is indeed a horrible person. I wonder that he calls himself a Jew, but his overweening arrogance is typified by the choice of name for his blog. If he actually believes that is what he is engaged in then there is really no hope for him.

    • Serendipity,

      I agree that we run the risk of giving him more publicity than is warranted. However, sadly, Silverstein is still taken seriously by some in the MSM.

      As such, I think he needs to be exposed, just as this blog exposes Guardian contributors who claim the mantle of liberalism yet are compromised by rank bigotry.

      In a just world, the fact that Silverstein called brave IDF soldiers “subhuman”, and likened Israel to Nazi Germany, would be enough to render him toxic to decent people. But, until Silverstein is universally seen as on par with the Gilad Atzmon’s of the world, we should continue to expose his hate and vitriol.

    • im so tired of the argument…just ignore them

      it doesnt work

      you have to continuously expose these bastards for what they are

      ignoring silverstein allowed him to gain street cred

  3. This is a very sick ticket, Adam, as I have written elsewhere. He is a malignant narcissist with delusions of omnipotence – hence “Tikun Olam” (does he think that he is G-d?) – and his imperviousness to social or other mores may also put him into the sociopath category too. He doesn’t just want revenge he wants to grind his adversary into the ground.

    The only sure way to deal with such people is to use their amoral behaviour to shame them, again and again, burst their gigantic but paper-thin egos until they disintegrate.

    Heaven forgive me, but I really believe that he would be no loss.

    • “…hence ‘Tikun Olam’ (does he think that he is G-d?)”

      As I wrote on Aussie Dave’s site, the phrase tikkun olam is abbreviated from one that means “Installing the world [to be] in the Kingdom of God.” As such, it is believed by Orthodox Jews to be the entire goal of keeping the 613 commandments of Judaism. Among these, the commandment against lashon ha-ra (“evil tongue”) forbids public blogging of society’s faults like Silverstein does so often in his blog (reports on the crime rate in Israel and the like—could be true for all we know, but you don’t trumpet it publicly). Also, tikkun olam as understood by Orthodox Judaism involves the unlimited Jewish inhabitation of the Land of Israel, whether or not the Messiah has arrived. A bit of a downer for Silverstein’s entire message that there are many parts of the Land of Israel from which Jews need to vamoose.

      The word tikkun can also mean “repairing.” Indeed in modern Israeli Hebrew that’s its usual meaning, while the meaning of “installing” or “preparing” is Talmudic. Repairing the world, however, is truly as you say the province of God, not human beings. Acts of kindness are certainly a Jewish thing to do, but saving the world through human effort has brought us little more than the slaughterhouses of the past century.

      “Heaven forgive me, but I really believe that he would be no loss.”

      I’d settle for him stopping his anti-Israel activities. In imitation of HaShem, we should not wish anyone’s demise as a first resort, only that they cease from their malicious actions. Naturally, a lot of them may be beyond hope, but that’s not for us to decide.

  4. Silverstein then revealed the neighborhood where Dave lives, and issued the following thinly veiled threat:

    Dave and his supporters may be tempted to dream up some twisted form of revenge. I’m holding information in abeyance to tame their passions.”

    Silverstein concludes:

    People now know who he is. If he continues breaking rules and acting the role of agent provocateur, at least we now know who to blame and can put a name and face to his misdeeds.”

    A thinly veiled threat that smacks of blackmail and is a criminal matter. Silverstein has clearly broken the law Adam.

  5. the point of the exercise was to show that dickie will post anything that hurts israel, israelis or real jews…without checking the sources or doing any of his own legwork

    dave succeeded in this exercise

    in so doing, he exposed himself and his family to danger….however, the next time the msm chooses to treat dickie as a credible source, this story can be sent to them

  6. Here are a few ways of identifying sociopaths….Grandiose sense of self,pathological lying.lack of remorse,shame or guilt,contemptuous of those who try to understand them,do not perceive that anything is wrong with them, ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim,narcissism,grandiosity,self importance not based on achievements.

  7. Reading his blog and answers to posters he comes across as a childish and sore loser who spat the dummy,wrong way for a grown man to behave.Not to be taken seriously.

    A Tikun of his own personality would be a good start before he goes on a grandiose Tikun Olam expedition.