Note: The author of this post is not "The Devil's Kitchen"
Readers in search of a fight should head over to Harry's Place for an account of why they are being sued by a representative of "Hamas UK".
Mohammed Sawalha is President of the British Muslim Initiative and a senior fundraiser for Hamas activities in Britain who objected to a post on HP in which they noted his use of the phrase "Evil Jew" in a speech delivered to Al-Jazeera, before an eagle-eyed editor changed the phrase to "Jewish lobby". HP backed this claim with screenshots and additional supporting evidence. The British Muslim Initiative are peeved that anyone would think they would use a phrase like "evil Jew" (perish the thought!) and, having not had the retraction and apology they were demanding, are now suing.
To quote DavidT:
Mr Sawalha is a man who prefers to conduct political debate by means of litigation. He hopes to bully those who oppose his vicious theocratic politics with threats of writs. I suppose that I should be relieved. Hamas’ usual technique is to murder those with whom it disagrees.
This is a matter of verifiable fact. Some may think that it takes remarkable chutzpah for a Hamas fellow-traveller to get upset over being called an antisemite, though I suspect Mr Sawalha might not use that word himself. The fact that government ministers are sharing a platform with these people - as you'll discover over at HP - is extraordinary, but depressingly predictable nonetheless. (UPDATE: Credit where it's [belatedly] due; the minister in question has now pulled out of tonight's event.)
Harry's Place is my cup of tea, but I accept that it may not be everyone else's. Once again, though, we find ourselves in a position when bloggers are being threatened with a big stick for pursuing stories that - so far, at least - the mainstream media haven't picked up on. So once again, I'd suggest, we should make a noise about it. If you can watch a dust-up between Harry's Place and a Hamas front organisation and not instantly know what side you're on, you might want to tweak that "moral compass".
More detail can, as ever, be found at the Ministry of Truth.