I hate to waste the space here, but since that Times of Israel blog post arguing that genocide against the Palestinian is permissible because Hamas just won’t give up (I won’t link to it here; it’s been taken down anyway, though others have captured images of it) is making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and online media, it’s important to make a few points clear.
Having been a blogger at ToI, I know how blogging works there.
- The blog post is just that: a blog post. It appeared in an open, largely un-moderated blog, written by what is for all intents and purposes a random blogger.
- It was not vetted by ToI editors. Once you are approved as a blogger there, you get a password and you can post whenever and whatever you want. Sometimes an editor will see the post and make some minor changes; mostly, given the high quantity of pieces submitted, it simply gets passed through.
- The post doesn’t represent the paper’s editorial line.
- Even less does it represent either Israeli public opinion or elite opinion.
Given all this, if you are promoting the piece as a sign of Israeli opinion in any way, you are not a serious person.
This isn’t the first silly, offensive, or dangerous piece to be posted there. Obviously, then, it behooves ToI to immediately change its moderation policy. Immediately.
Update: The ToI editors explain their decision to remove the blog (and the blogger) from their website.