Tweeting With Twits: A Case Study Of Israel Haters’ Tactics

Following DannyAyalon’s sharing of my follow-up post on the women behind the Palestinian propaganda video, I have been subjected to some rather nasty abuse on Twitter. But rather than crying about it, I am actually heartened, since the ad hominem attacks, along with the absence of any attempt to rebut my actual points, are indicative of the strength of my arguments. The anti-Israel crowd simply do not know how to answer them effectively.

I thought I would post parts of an exchange from today because I think it shows quite clearly some of the tactics employed by the haters on the other side.

It starts with this tweet by some woman with a Jewish name.

Ad hominem attack, pure and simple. No attempt to counter my arguments.

She is soon followed by another person, who adds his own commentary (the word “pathetic”)

At this stage, I point out the obvious.

About that:

Pronunciation: /mɪˈsɒdʒ(ə)nɪst/

a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women

I challenge anyone to find anything misogynistic in my post. But the Israel-hating woman knows better.

Notice how this woman is attributing intentions to me that don’t exist, and are in no way borne out by my words. In fact, I expressly explained in my post:

My point here is not to criticize the women’s choice of profession (although their politics leaves a lot to be desired). It is to show that the organization that put together the video hired a couple of attractive actresses – neither of whom are actually “Palestinian” according to the definition of someone born here – in order to increase the appeal of the video. They even had one of them put on a fake accent, presumably to make her more appealing (in my opinion, it worked!)

Again, because she cannot address my actual points, she chooses to attack me personally.

But apparently I have committed another crime. I have contravened the by-law that states a man is not allowed to point out to a woman the correct definition of “misogynist”

After I explain I am married to a woman and have 4 daughters (hence do not hate women), her response is very curious.

Notice what she did there. Besides confusing sexism with misogyny, she compared my post to Hamas enforcing modesty laws in the Gaza Strip, in terms of hatred of women. Not only that, but she said I “wanted” to show off Hamas as misogynistics (sic.). As if they aren’t. After pointing out her issue with me is she did not like my arguments because of her anti-Israel agenda, her response was straight from the Israel hater’s handbook.

Notice I never said that anywhere. Once again, she was misrepresenting my words. At this point, her brother-in-arms chimes in.


After I pointed this out to her, her response could be filed under the Digging A Bigger Hole category.

At this stage, the conversation has almost run its course.

I am willing to bet her use of the words “white” and “savage” are not accidental. The whole premise such people entertain is that Zionists are the “white” occupiers, who look at the palestinians as “savages.”

I think you’ll agree this little exchange was rather enlightening in how it showed some of the tactics to which pro-Israel advocates are frequently subjected, namely:

  • Ad hominem attacks instead of arguments of substance
  • “Ganging up”
  • Imputing intentions that do not exist
  • Twisting of our words

But as someone pointed out to me, when they resort to these tactics, you know you are doing something right.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder and managing editor of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

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  • J B

    99% on your side Dave, but the lady has one legitimate point that you missed. She’s pointing out that the mere fact that you’re married and have daughters is a rather weak argument, as demonstrated by the fact that there are lots of horrible people (like Hamasniks) who also have wives and daughters. If your argument works for you, it works for them equally well.
    Of course we both know why this comparison is absurd, but her point was a technical one which I’d say is 100% correct.
    She’s horribly wrong about everything else though.

    • Aussie Dave

      OK I guess technically yes. But in my mind, being married and with 4 daughters, I cannot comprehend hating women! And there was certainly nothing in my post to suggest I do.

      • Dan

        It’s worth noting that not all forms of prejudice are conscious, and this includes sexism. Just as someone could potentially say something antisemitic without harboring any malice towards Jews, it is perfectly possible for one to say sexist things without hating women.

  • dcdoc

    What point in attempting discourse with the likes of “(H)anna Stein”? Nothing

  • Shai

    Being a woman allows you to define sexism? Cool, as a man, I declare her to be misandrist. Don’t ask me how though. I know misandry when I see it, living in the world as, guess what, a man.

  • mira

    “But as someone pointed out to me, when they resort to these tactics, you know you are doing something right.” Absolutely! I always take it as a compliment when somebody attacks me because I left him/her (not to be called Mysangonist :-)) feeling internally void of arguments and then try to fill that void with hate. Same valid when someone calls me a “Zionist”, which I am proud to be! The German philosopher Nietzsche (whom I do not cherish normally) made one a very true comment about hate: “They must have had some worth to be hated so much”!

  • shaun

    The Jew4Palestine account was sent up by a hate group. Is anyone aware of someone who actually watches Press TV on such a regular basis that they cant Rt so many posts. Also, Take a look at the TL for ridiculous anti-Jewish rhetoric including blood libel and more.

  • Zionist Shark

    This is why I wish Danny Ayalon would have linked to your far more substantive earlier post on the topic:

  • Jono Rose

    You know you’re over the target when you start taking flak

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