Surely as night follows day, protester Jody McIntyre is being attacked for his pro-Palestinian views by British Israel supporters.
Writing in the Jewish Chronicle, Jonathan Hoffman pours scorn over Jody McIntyre’s interview with the BBC:
McIntyre has been at several of the boycott demonstrations at Ahava, the Israeli cosmetics shop in London. I lead the pro-Israel counter-demonstrations. At one of the demonstrations McIntyre deliberately directed his wheelchair to run over my foot, causing me agonising pain.
I have no idea if he did something similar at the student demonstration last week. But unless his condition has changed since he ran over my foot some 4 months ago, his assertion to Brown (“I can’t physically use my wheelchair myself”) is simply not true. He is only too adept at using his wheelchair, sometimes as an offensive weapon.
Maybe he ran over the police, these Pro-Palestinians are vicious you know! Then Mr Hoffman approvingly links to Richard Littlejohn’s disgusting “view” on the whole incident. Some people really have no shame.
Then CIFWatch – a blog that is all about witch-hunting anyone with vaguely pro-Palestinian views in the Guardian – goes further: Jody McIntyre, professional anti-Israel activist, takes center stage.
Ooh oooh! A man we don’t like is all over the media! Now is the time to stick the knife in!
Blogger Modernity, who I rarely agree with, at least sees sense on the issue:
CiF Watch strays into the territory of political vitriol and character attacks, all completely irrelevant to the issue of Jody McIntyre’s appalling treatment by four big police officers. I can’t help wondering if he had held different views, would the attack upon him, as a wheelchair user, instead be condemned?
It takes a certain moral turpitude not to see his manhandling by the police as wrong, it takes an entrenched ideologue to want to use that against a disabled person. I can only imagine that *if* Jody had been blind then the excuse would have been that his labrador dog was about to attack some riot police, or some such nonsense. That’s the level of this mindless maliciousness.
What, he expected civility when people who have opinions on the Middle East are involved?
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