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Just before Shabbos, Real JStreet sent me this list of “Female Interruptors on Israel and Palestine” from a website called FP Interrupted. The blurb at the top of the page states, “Changing the ratio. Amplifying female voices. Interrupting foreign policy.”
I took a look. It’s a list piece. The reader is told, “Once again, it’s time to interrupt the Men-Talk-War fest. We’ve compiled a working list of female interruptors who should be on your radar for a wider, fuller conversation on Israel and Palestine.”
Hmm. Militant female much? And anyway, what the heck is an “interruptor?”
I perused the list. Leftist, leftist, leftist, some more leftists, anti-Israel journalists, pro-Arab journalists, bleeding hearts, and leftist, leftist, leftist and more leftists. The possible exceptions were Lahav Harkov, who makes an effort to be objective, and Avital Leibovitch, former IDF spokeperson. These two female journalists clearly serve as middle of the road or right wing tokens in a field that is overwhelmingly to the far left of the political spectrum.
— Noura Erakat (@4noura) July 12, 2014
Yeah. Not shocking you can’t find their names. Fake people generally don’t have them. Names, that is.
— Emily L. Hauser (@emilylhauser) July 13, 2014
No. You’re absolutely right. Some say carpet bombing would be far more efficient.
I couldn’t help but see the glaring omissions. Where was Caroline Glick? Where were Melanie Phillips, and Phyllis Chesler? Sarah Honig? Evelyn Gordon? If this list of female “interruptors” is meant to be comprehensive then how could the compilers of this list have possibly left off these important female journalists who write about Israel with such erudition?
There are many heroines in the field who fight the false narrative of Pallywood with brilliance and truth. These sisters in arms make me proud to be a woman and a writer. They make me brave enough to also enter the fray: to make the effort to insert the truth before the eyes of a public exposed to ugly lies about Israel on an unremitting basis.
That’s when I figured it out. This website isn’t about “influencers,” a word people in social media use to connote people with large followings, people who make a difference. The website is just what it says: an interruption. It’s an interruption of polite, intelligent, and honest discourse by self-hating Jews and anti-Israel propagandists. With a couple of tokens thrown in to offer a thin veil of respectability to cover up what they don’t want you to know: that there are serious women journalists out there who are unafraid to tell the truth about the Middle East Conflict. The latter are, of course, woefully underrepresented here.
The FP “Interrupted” list consists, by and large, of women who interrupt anyone who tries to tell the truth with a nonstop barrage of lies. They manipulate the facts with creative writing and block the real story of Israel with their imaginatively twisted words. They turn terrorist into victim using the cute journalism tricks they learned at college. They pretend they’re only presenting the facts while they fail to offer the context that would expose their bald-faced lies for what they are.
They think they are challenging our thinking.
They make me ashamed of my sex.
But then happily, I remember the others, the influencers, the serious academics who love Israel and who know that the truth will win out over the lies. I know that these other women, these heroines of Israel, will be beacons of light unto the nations. And I resolve not to give FP Interrupted any more page views, ever.
Which is why you won’t find a link to their page anywhere on this one of mine.