UPDATE: Caleb Jacoby has been found in NYC. Baruch hashem.
Islamic Jew-hatred cannot be contained even at a time when religion, politics, etc., have no role. The hatred ingrained by Islam is so elemental, so much a part of the DNA of that vicious ideology that in America, when a newspaper man’s son is missing, the “moderate” Muslim Jew-haters go in for the kill.
Any human being with a modicum of decency and humanity would refrain from Jew-bashing and defamation at such a terrible time. But this is a savage. His hate is rivaled only by his size.
Hussein Ibish is a vicious antisemitic predator. Sadly, his views are typical in the Muslim community where hatred of the Jew and other non-believers is a pillar of Islamic teaching.
Blston Globe’s columnist Jeff Jacoby’s son is missing. A quiet young Jewish Day School student, Caleb Jacoby spent his free time in the library and at synagogue. I have been watching this terrible story unfold. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jacoby family. May Hashem bring their son back to them.
Jeff Jacoby is a hateful fanatic, but I very much hope his son is quickly found safe and sound http://t.co/BDIJnT9E0H
— Hussein Ibish (@Ibishblog) January 8, 2014
“Hussein Ibish Bashes Columnist Jeff Jacoby as He Searches for Missing Son,” Algemeiner, January 9, 2014 (thanks to Kenny Mann) Twitter was alight on Thursday with angry reactions to American Task Force on Palestine Senior Fellow Hussein Ibish, who bashed Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, as the writer works to mobilize the city of Boston to search for his 16-year old son Caleb, who went missing on Monday. “Jeff Jacoby is a hateful fanatic, but I very much hope his son is quickly found safe and sound,” Ibish tweeted, linking to an article about the search for Caleb. Twitter readers couldn’t get over Ibish’s nasty, while supportive, remark. The Beirut-born academic was educated in Boston, at Emerson College, and has a PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Twitter user Mary Stewartresponded, “You sound hateful by saying that,” to which Ibish responded with a series of tweets, reiterating his nasty stance. “I don’t see how. The man’s obviously a harmful fanatic. But I wish his son to be recovered ASAP & safe and sound,” Ibish said, then continued, “The point is, one can recognize that people with extreme opinions, and especially their children, have a right to remain unharmed… It doesn’t mean they don’t have extreme opinions which one continues to object to, but one wishes them safety & security… It’s important to be able to sympathize at a human level with those one finds dangerously fanatical. Especially their kids…” Dexter Van Zile, Christian Media Analyst for Boston-based media watchdog CAMERA, responded, “It would have been better if you had said nothing at all. This is simply shocking.” Bostonian Samantha R Mandeles wrote, “Wow. You’re clearly a self-righteous, insensitive ass, but <insert insincere sounding good wish here.>” She continued, “How is Jacoby a harmful fanatic? He’s not the one who just word-vomited all over Twitter like a bitchy teenager.” Watchdog group JCC Watch also was surprised by Ibish’s comment, tweeting, “sounds like you are the hateful one,” while media monitor CIF Watch tweeted, “what on earth is wrong with you? #sick.”
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