It started with this tweet by Digital Producer at MSNBC – MSNBC Collier Myerson, who ostensibly experienced some disgusting behavior by a Jewish man wearing religious garb, but certainly not acting towards his fellow person the way G-d intends.
I assume he did not want to sit next to a woman, but then he should have moved. In any event, his actions caused a Chilul Hashem – desecration of G-d’s name – since it casts shame and brings disrepute to belief in God, the Torah, or the Jewish community.
So Christopher Hayes saw this tweet from his colleague about a Hasidic Jewish guy, and thought his poor behavior warranted a discussion on boycotting Israel.
Or did he? This is Hayes’ response to criticism he invoked his inner antisemite.
it was a joke about my friend's politics, not my own. That was the point in context.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 2, 2016
Do we believe him?
On one hand, he is right about Myerson – she is a BDS-hole.
And there is no evidence Hayes is antisemitic, or even a hater of Israel. While certainly not pro-Israel, he has in the past come across as trying to position himself somewhere in the middle, as this clip shows.
Misguided and wrong, yes. But certainly does not sound like an outright hater of the Jewish state or of Jewish people.
And back in 2014, he reacted this way to those who were attacking Jews in Paris due to Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.
This is despicable. Ugly, ugly, ugly http://t.co/foG9SadarJ
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 23, 2014
Yet Hayes has defended BDS in the past. Like this (inaccurate) tweet from 2013.
@marcatracy eg: big diff between BDS 1-staters and Greater Israel folks. Former envision 1 state w equal citizenship for all, GIers do not.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 6, 2013
And this from the same year:
Karen Gould, president of Bklyn College deserves tremendous kudos for this. Very impressive defense of academic freedom http://t.co/t0nLIYPn
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 5, 2013
So given Hayes himself might even support BDS, I am not 100% convinced his tweet was just a joke to his friend Myerson. And neither was she.
I am not sure Christopher Hayes is a Jew hater or stupid enough to come out as one. But the nonchalance with which he tweeted what he did – given his, at best, tolerance for, and, at worst, support for, BDS – is very troubling indeed.