I haven’t paid much attention to Richard Silverstein. I did once describe him as an “apologist for anti-Israel extremism,” in my post Most pathological #BostonMarathon Tweet.
Nothing I’ve seen since leads me to think that description was wrong. Others are less charitable, and he is a frequent target of mockery from pro-Israel bloggers, including when he recently accused his local synagogue in San Francisco of outing the date of his child’s Bat Mitzvah for some nefarious purpose; turns out Silverstein himself had tweeted out the date.
Silverstein insists he is not anti-Zionist. He just appears to act like one.
Silverstein sent out a tweet yesterday that is quite astounding in its viciousness.
The tweet was directed at Chloé Simone Valdary, a pro-Israel American Christian who is black. You may remember her from this video we featured in the post BDS is just the same old, same old hate:[youtube]http://youtu.be/B084EmNeNDk[/youtube]
Valdary recently wrote a blog post in The Times of Israel, Judith Butler & our will to survive, in which she took the pro-BDS and anti-Israel academic leader to task. Butler is the darling of the BDS movement because she uses her Judaism as a shield against criticism of her vicious rhetoric (as do many Jewish anti-Israel leftists).
Silverstein reacted with racial invective, as quoted in the title of this post.