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Podhoretz Storms Off 92nd Street Y Stage in Spat with J Street


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Commentary editor John Podhoretz stormed off the New York’s 92nd Street Y Stage Monday night in the middle of spat with J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami but denied reports that he said “students at Swarthmore College deserve to be spat upon.”

Jewish Daily Forward Jane Eisner, who moderated a panel discussion on the term “pro-Israel,” wrote in her account of the incident that Podhoretz “lost it when a member of the audience asked about the American Studies Association’s announcement Monday that it would boycott Israeli academic institutions over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.”

Ben-Ami agreed that the ASA vote was “hypocritical” but then launched into a tirade against Israeli government policies, which he said “make it difficult for some Americans to believe Israel really does want peace with the Palestinians.” Podhoretz angrily replied, Eisner tried to calm tempers, and he then stalked off stage.

The Commentary editor wrote following the incident that he had a “bad night,” and he clarified his remark on spitting. Referring to the Hillel group at Swarthmore College, he wrote, “What I said was that if you advocate anti-Zionism, you are calling for the destruction of the homeland of my family. You are free to do so, and I am free to revile you and spit upon you.”

“This bit of hysterical rhetoric was not my finest verbal improvisation,” Podhoretz added, but he emphasized that he did not say anyone should be spat on. “Given that an organization cannot be spat upon, the flourish here, though admittedly stupid and in bad taste, was clearly and entirely rhetorical. Aside from that, I wouldn’t change a word of what I said, though.”

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7 Responses to “Podhoretz Storms Off 92nd Street Y Stage in Spat with J Street”

  1. J Street is as Zionist as Hitler.

  2. the sort of Jews who don't support Israel are Jews who imagine jew haters are talking about someone else. ask the survivors about that and see what happens.

  3. If I meet Ben Ami in the street, it will be my pleasure to spit on him. If he responds aggressively, Ben Ami will need a good plastic surgeon and cosmetic dentist. That is the only way to deal with antisemitic Jews like Neturai Karta and Jeremy Ben Ami.

  4. Haaretz covered this story much better, why couldn't a specific NYC based Jewish Press have a journalist at this NYC event and write about it more than the cryptic story above? http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/1.563999

  5. Homeland of Podhoretz? That should cost him his US citizenship at the very minimum. Wrote Edward Everett Hale in The Man Without a Country," "Breathes there a man with a soul so dead who never to himself as said, "This is my own, my native land" Unfortunately, the answer is that there are plenty who, like Podhorets clan, who were born in the US, have profited from having lived here, but who are more loyal to Israel.

  6. Harry Clark says:

    Poddy-mouth

  7. Abbushuki says:

    Bravo, John.

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