Greta Berlin, a notorious anti-Israel activist who helps direct the Free Gaza Movement organization, has predictably spent the last few months spreading hateful vitriol online. Berlin is no stranger to internet controversy; she was exposed (again) as an anti-Semite and a Holocaust denier on Twitter, when she claimed, astonishingly, that “Zionists ran Auschwitz.”
This month, Berlin’s commentary stood out to one of our students as being particularly absurd. Seth Greenwald, CAMERA Fellow at Clark University, followed Berlin’s rants and expressed dismay with her twisted comparisons of Israel to the worst evils of the world. He decided to write directly to her and ask her to think more carefully about spreading such hatred, if she is truly committed to changing the world, and the situation of Palestinians for the better.
I have consistently followed both the pages of Israel Unlimited and A Free Sovereign Palestine and Safe Israel, and I am sorry to say that I have been nothing short of disgusted by your writing. Your comparisons of Israel to ISIS are clearly anti-Semitic and horrendous. Your failure to see the truth of any situation is disturbing at best and I am truly concerned with your tendency to engage in confirmation bias. Not only do you deny everything you see as untrue, but you fail to have concrete positive discussions with those opposed to you.
Nothing will change without constructive dialogue, and you have only succeeded at stifling that dialogue. I hope that you can consider this in the future.
I too, like you, believe in justice for the Palestinians– (though your sense of justice seems to be sickening and perverse.) I implore you to consider your thoughts before you post them to Facebook. It reflects negatively on you and leads to the disintegrating of meaningful dialogue.
I hope you can heed my advice and look forward to moving forward positively, for your sake, and for the sake of the Palestinians.
Seth Greenwald, Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestinian activist
We’re proud of Seth for speaking his mind, and for being truly committed to a peaceful, mutually beneficial solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. For the rest of Seth’s exchange with Berlin, click here!