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The Other Zion Square

Website’s right-wing alternative doesn’t want you to know who runs it

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Last week, in anticipation of Peter Beinart’s new blog, Zion Square, someone went out and bought the domain name zionsquare.com. It wasn’t Beinart, whose blog is hosted by the Daily Beast. Who was it, then? We don’t know. And why don’t we know? Because whoever it was took pains to hide his or her identity, registering the domain privately. Having learned of the site, my colleague Marc Tracy contacted the site’s nameless proprietors via Twitter and asked them to go on the record. They refused.

It is tempting to ignore this pitiful little bleep on the Web. At the moment, zionsquare.com, unlike Beinart’s elegant site, contains little save blurry graphics and those Danny Ayalon videos you’ve watched a hundred times on YouTube. And I would ignore it, if it weren’t for its cowardly use of what is quickly becoming a bona fide tactic for right-wing hysterics. Like the Columbia student who claimed she was steered away from a pro-Palestinian class—her findings were investigated and promptly dismissed—the perpetrators behind zionsquare.com hope that tactical anonymity might only increase their appeal.

It doesn’t. In its introductory post, the site presents itself as “the focal point of a group of academics, bloggers, journalists, legal professionals, policy wonks, security experts and more, all with extensive knowledge of Israel and the Middle East.” Actually, academics submit their findings, under their own names, for review by their peers. Journalists live and die by their bylines. And so on. The only people who refuse to reveal themselves are scoundrels and cowards.

Welcome to Zion Square [zionsquare.com]
Related: Steering Committee [Tablet Magazine]

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You make a lot of bizarre and erroneous assumptions. We’re sorry that we couldn’t offer your publication an interview in time for you to post this article within two days of our beta launch, but as we said in the Twitter message you mention, more is coming soon.

We have no intention of staying anonymous forever, we just need time to get more organized and put all the pieces into place. The site is still very much in beta, and as we mention in our intro post, the content is essentially filler material until we have our articles lined up. You left that part out of your article. By the way, you should double-check your links before posting, your link to our intro post goes to some article from the NY Daily News…

It’s easy to go and call people cowards and scoundrels, a simple-minded tactic used by those without anything of substance to say. When we finish the site and start promoting it, perhaps you will be able to come up with a real substantive criticism. We look forward to more dialogue (and less name-calling).

Harold says:

“pitiful little bleep”, “right-wing hysterics”, “scoundrels and cowards”

Come on; don’t be shy. Tell us what you really think.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

One need not be a “right wing” person in order to rationally examine facts and analyze them, including facts that don’t correspond to any particular “narrative”, i.e. fictional short story designed for political expediency.

For instance, why do some of us refuse to examine the history of “Palestine” – the name of a territory, not a nationality or a state of course – and its legal partition that took place in 1921 and 1922?

Indeed, in 1921 77% of “Palestine” – Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) for those whose historic homeland is still of value to them – located east of the Jordan River, was handed over to the Arabs who, subsequently, renamed it Jordan since “Palestine” is not an Arab term.

In 1922 the rest, 23% of “Palestine” or Eretz Israel was assigned to the Jews, located between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea. The Jews have subsequently called it Israel since “Palestine” is not a Jewish term either.

This act of partition by the League of Nations was then adopted by the United Nations and enshrined in international law in the form of Article of the UN, 1945, as an irrevocable legal act.
http://www.mythsandfacts.com/conflict/mandate_for_palestine/mandate_for_palestine.pdf

No wonder, UN Security Council Resolution, 242, 1967, that was designed to bring about an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel, and which has been accepted by all relevant parties does not call for the setting up of an additional state between the Jordan River and the Med. Sea since that would be contrary to international law as represented by the UN Charter, Article 80, 1945.

Does one need to be a “right wing” to demand that all parties conduct themselves lawfully and try to seek an accommodation of peaceful coexistence by applying international law instead of “narratives”…??

While Liel might like “Beinart’s elegant site” as opposed to the “blurry graphics” of zionsquare.com, the extreme left wing bias of the Beinert site and most of its contributor is what probably pleases him most.

If you already went to the trouble to look up the domain information, you also should have seen that it was registered in 2006.

Which means that your entire premise that some anonymous coward registered the name as soon as Beinart announced his site is completely wrong.

Obviously, Beinart would have bought that domain if it was available, wouldn’t he have?

I don’t know who made the ZionSquare site and why he or she wants to be anonymous but your suppositions are way off base and you should apologize.

תגיד אחי – מה עובר עליך בזמן האחרון חשבתי שהתפקחת מהשטויות של השמאל

Former 972 Reader says:

Hi. I’m not using my real name and almost never do on the Internets. I have to function in the real world, where I need to make a living and provide for my family.

My political or social views are things I wouldn’t share with business colleagues or customers in real life, so why would I share them with the general public?

Reporters are paid to write, and seek a career where their names are published. Of course, if they want to open a business or get a job doing something else, they might learn that there are people out there who judge them on the basis of their ideas instead of their business or work abilities and won’t hire them or work with them.

If knowing this and choosing to remain anonymous makes me a “coward and scoundrel,” then so be it. I suggest it makes me pragmatic, especially since the value of my comment doesn’t seem to be diminished by the fact that my name isn’t attached to it. Does it?

Phil N says:

What kind of idiot announces a web site before securing the domain name. There are a lot of people claiming domain names that others would like to use. Some do it for profit, some are politically motivated, most often from the left.

Hershl says:

Liel

Calm down.

It will be OK. All is under control.

We will increase the meds; it may take a few days for them to kick in but you will be all right.

you say: “Like the Columbia student who claimed she was steered away from a pro-Palestinian class—her findings were investigated and promptly dismissed—the perpetrators behind zionsquare.com hope that tactical anonymity might only increase their appeal.”

but the article you link to (and the situation) hardly merit the description “promptly dismissed.” if that’s the level of misleading rhetoric you engage in to dismiss your inelegant enemies (along with the rest of the name-calling), then i’d say you’re more worried than you’re letting on.

Kathy V says:

I intend to check into Peter Beinart’s Zion Square and also ZionSquare.com. What’s the big deal? Let the best site win so to speak. The internet is not the mainstream media where liberalism has a stranglehold and Rush Limbaugh can get into trouble, as well he should, for caling a young woman a slut but liberal men and women can call conservative women anything they like and not be challenged.

This is the world wide web. Anyone can create a site and the next day or the day before someone can put up a site to challenge that site. Heck, I have a blog myself. Welcome to the new world.

liel pro israel says:

liel is pro israel. he is the new zionist, all you guys knocking him above should fall in line. you call yourselves pro-israel?
be like liel, talk about what is good for israel while you have left the country ahhh the NEW zionist

Lenny says:

This hatchet job is scurrilous. What if anything do you know, with your ridiculously smug and snide assumptions? Have you any clue what their game plan is? Or are you simply vomiting disdain/contempt that by rights should be reserved for you.

Shimon says:

Liel. Thank you for bringing zionsquare.com to my attention. It’s a great site. Shimon

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