Bernie Farber tees off on...well...someone...during his Sabbath address at Shaar shalom synagogue. His topic is Tolerance and the Jewish concept of slander (known as motsi ra), and more specifically the incidents in the wake of Machetegate, including the blogosphere response to comments made on the topic by the CJC's Ontario regional director Len Rudman:
While Len was not misquoted, his comment was not placed in the clearest context, and this provided a certain blogger with the opportunity to engage in a vicious exercise of motsi ra. According to this blogger, Len and CJC were so intent on riding our censorship hobby-horse that we were incapable of seeing this for what it was: a physical attack on two students. Our view of the universe was so limited that all we could do was talk about the connection between words and actions. Len was, in the loud and proud words of this blogger, “too stupid to be a Jew”. He had other things to say as well, including derisive comments on a perceived physical disability that he wrongly claimed Len had.
Did I mention that the blogger in question is Jewish? Is this the way that one member of the community publicly speaks of another? By engaging in ad hominem attacks? By insulting another person’s intelligence, by referring to physical characteristics? This is the sort of thing one expects to find in the schoolyard. The behaviour is no less acceptable because the practitioner is in his 40s rather than 14. Indeed this was not a “one-off”. This same Jewish blogger who upholds the rights of neo-Nazis to malign Jews, has referred to other Jewish professionals as “liars, cowards, moochers” and has made consistent references to me as a “Nazi book-burner.”
And here comes the big windup:
He is not the only one. The blogosphere is sadly replete with bullies, jerks, racists, homophobes and bigots. But here my friends is the kicker, these same racist, bigots and misogynists all “love” Israel and as a result there are those in our community who will tolerate them even accept them. Accepting those who engage in motsi ra can never be OK….ever!
Again, no names are mentioned in the sermon, but I suspect the guy Bernie is referencing looks something like this.
PS. There's also a nice little shot at Israeli drivers. I thought they'd got better over the years, but maybe not.