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: /m??s?d?(?)n?st/

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.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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