Promoting the PLO

Self-hatred in the timing, the writer and the content of a poem posted on the 9th of Av. And that's not all.

Menachem Ben-Mordechai,

OpEds Temple Institute model of Third Temple
Temple Institute model of Third Temple

Some people go out of their way to be tasteless.

Imagine it’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, and an Arab in Ramallah approvingly posts poetry from the fascist collaborator Ezra Pound. Would there be any doubt about his character and message?  

During the Nine Days, The Times of Israel’s New Media Editor Sarah Tuttle-Singer wrote a post titled “I don’t want to rebuild the Temple.” The self-described “rebellious Jewess”—whose previous writings include “My Jewish Abortion”—remarked, “I LIKE that we have no High Priest…I’m pretty sure that if the Temple were rebuilt, the most sexist, homophobic, noxious dude of ALL would be in charge.”

The Rambam teaches that "It is a positive commandment to construct a House for God."  Having majored at the University of California, Berkeley in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, Tuttle-Singer knows better than the mere author of the Mishneh Torah.  

Having majored at the University of California, Berkeley in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, Tuttle-Singer knows better than the mere author of the Mishneh Torah.  
As if her hostility to Judaism and the mission of the Jewish People weren’t clear enough, on Tisha B’Av itself Tuttle-Singer referred to "Palestinian yearning" and posted a poem by Mahmoud Darwish. That's the same Mahmoud Darwish who joined the PLO in 1973, its national charter sounding like an Arab version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

"Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods. Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement, and geographical base for world imperialism...Israel is a constant source of threat vis-a-vis peace in the Middle East and the whole world."

Darwish was subsequently a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and wrote its 1988 “Declaration of Independence.” With praise for “our sainted martyrs,” there Darwish accused Israel of “massacres” and “organized terror,” claiming "historical injustice inflicted on the Palestinian Arab people resulting in their dispersion and depriving them of their right to self-determination, following upon U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 (1947)."

Again: note that the supposed injustice began in 1947, not 1967.

Darwish resigned from the executive committee in 1993 over Oslo. His opposition to Oslo wasn’t that of a Moshe Feiglin, his was saying in resignation:

"We have taken two generations to their death in the project of liberation and independence...No, the martyrs were not stupid, as some angry people are saying. The martyrs were right. They believed their blood and their nation."

As for Darwish’s poetry, his memorable verses include:

"It is time for you to be gone
Live wherever you like, but do not live among us.
It is time for you to be gone
Die wherever you like, but do not die among us..."

("Those Who Pass Between Fleeting Words")

"You have stolen my ancestors’ groves
And the land we cultivated
I and all my children
Leaving nothing for us and all my grandchildren
Except these rocks
Will your government take them
Like people say?
Write down on the top of the first page:
I do not hate people
And I do not steal from anyone
But if I starve
I will eat my oppressor’s flesh
Beware, beware of my starving
And my rage."

(“Identity Card”)

To promote such a person any time of year demonstrates, at minimum, one’s alienation from the Jewish People. To do so on the Jewish People’s national day of mourning after opposing a rebuilt Temple and restored HIgh Priest, Kehuna Gedola? That is more than alienation.