Richard Silverstein’s Laughable Defense of Hamas Supporter

I swear, at times I think anti-Israel DouchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein is actually a parody account, so detached from reality and ridiculous in his efforts to demonize Israel.

In a recent such attempt, he claims that Imad Barghouthi, a clear Hamas supporter decked out in Hamas regalia, is no such thing.

You have to see this exchange to believe it.

Even though Silverstein’s ridiculous rant hardly dignifies a response, I’ll do it anyway.

For a start, here’s the context of the photos showing Barghouti wearing a Hamas scarf.

I won’t pretend I understand Arabic but the Hamas scarf, angry disposition and poster in the background showing “martyrs” and a rocket don’t scream out to me “just a peace-loving guy with a penchant for the color green.” If he’s not a fully fledged member, then he’s at least a supporter.

Let’s face it. Silverstein’s claim this does not prove anything is like someone claiming these guys just happen to love bed sheets and Confederate flags.


You also have to love Silverstein taking exception to the tweeter’s quoting of “a source which you don’t identify, which offers the smokescreen of authenticity.” For a start, the tweeter clearly provided a link to the Times of Israel report. But more than that, can we all think of someone else who quotes “anonymous sources” all the time?





Also, note how in his attempt at an analogy, he tries to equate a blue and white scarf with a terror group. Kinda weird for someone who claims to be a Zionist, don’t ya think?

Although the word clearly does not mean what he thinks it means.

As we go in to Yom Kippur, we all have what to be remorseful for. I suspect Silverstein has more than most, although he does not realize it.


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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