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Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin Promotes Call for Palestinian Genocide

Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin promotes call for Palestinian genocide

by Max Blumenthal (Al-Akhbar English)

In a blog post cheering the release of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, neoconservative activist Rachel Decter Abrams descended into a twisted call for genocide, calling for Israel to throw released Palestinian prisoners whom she described as “child sacrificing savages” and “unmanned animals” — along with “their offspring” — “into the sea, to float there, food for sharks.”

Abrams is the half-sister of Commentary editor John Podhoretz, the wife of Iran-Contra felon and former Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams, and the daughter of Midge Decter and step daughter of neocon founding father Norman Podhoretz. She is also a board member of the right-wing Emergency Committee for Israel, which recently produced baseless ads claiming the Occupy Wall Street movement is anti-Semitic.

The Washington Post’s neoconservative “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin is one of Abrams’ closest allies in the media. As soon as Abrams tweeted out a link to her exterminationist blog post, Rubin — whose Twitter account is “JRubinBlogger” — retweeted it to her followers, clearly approving of its content. Indeed, Rubin is not known for retweeting material she does not endorse. Hours later, Rubin deleted the tweet from her account, hoping that no one would notice it — and tacitly admitting she had crossed a bright red line.

Unfortunately for Rubin, I grabbed a screenshot of her tweet promoting Abrams’ call for mass murder. Here it is:

In July 2010, the veteran CNN correspondent Octavia Nasr was fired for writing on Twitter that she was “sad” to hear of the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a figure instrumental in the foundation of Hezbollah whom she said she “respect[ed] a lot.” Despite apologizing and explaining that she merely admired Fadlallah’s strong stance against honor killings and support for women’s rights, CNN heeded calls from pro-Israel groups for her termination.

An Ottawa-based diplomat from the Palestinian Authority, Linda Sobeh Ali, was reassigned by the Canadian government last week after she retweeted a link to a Youtube video that included a call for a war “against the soul of Zionism.” Pro-Israel groups in Canada were responsible for bringing the retweet to the government’s attention, and for pressuring it to act.

In the case of Nasr, CNN took full responsibility for what she wrote and promoted on her personal Twitter account. The news organization saw her tweet as a reflection on its reputation and credibility, and took action. The Washington Post has done nothing, however, about Rubin’s approving promotion of her friend’s call for genocide.

Does the Washington Post have a policy on the promotion of mass murder by its staffers? It is up to Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton to explain if Rubin’s act was permissible according to his paper’s ethical guidelines, and if so, why.

Pexton can be reached at 202.334.7582 or

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  • Géji

    @How Islam Created the Modern World

    The reason why i’ve said that it was a bit confused fusion, is the fact that i’ve never heard once a Muslim stating or declaring that “every human being was created in the ‘image’ of the Almightly” – (ie every human being was created in the “image of Allah”) i’ve never heard of that.
    That statement was a bit weird for me cause i’ve been taught Muslims dont have an “image” whatsoever of Allah(swt)… Peace

  • Truth Hurts

    @October 27th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I think that I may be able to assist ;-).

    Language has many different varieties, from the purely literal to the figurative. Metaphors & similes are examples of non-literal figurative speech which are NOT meant to betaken literally.

    Most world cultures & languages are familiar with such literature.

  • How Islam Created the Modern World


    lol, a bit confused fusion of Chistian doctrine with Islamic one?

    It’s also the Jewish one. Jewish Halacha is almost identical to Islamic Sharia.

    If Christianity hadn’t given up on what they call “The Old Testament, and given divinity to a man there would little difference between Christian practice (laws) and Judaism.

    In any case, there are differences and commonalities between the three major Monotheisms, collectively, and measured against each other.

    We can find common ground if we strive for it, as we were commanded to do, and not fight over the differences. The explanation for that in the Quran was so that we would compete with each other in doing good.

  • Faisal Rathor

    The fact that one thing is likened to another does not mean that it is identical to it in all aspects, rather they are likened to one another because they share some attributes, but that does not means that every attribute is identical.

    This is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “The first group to be admitted to Paradise will be in the image of the moon on the night when it is full.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3327; Muslim, 2834.

    This hadeeth does not mean that they will enter Paradise in a form that is exactly like the moon in all regards, otherwise that would mean that they will enter Paradise with no eyes or mouths, or as rocks.Rather what the hadeeth means is that they will be like the moon in beauty and brightness, with shining faces, and so on.

    So if you say: what is the Image that belongs to Allaah and in which Adam was created? We say that Allaah has a Face and Eyes and Hands and Feet, but that does not mean that because of these things He resembles man. There may be some similarity but that does not mean that these things are identical, just as the first group of the people of Paradise to enter Paradise are likened to the moon, but that does not mean that they resemble the moon. This confirms the belief of Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah (Sunnis), that none of the attributes of Allaah can be likened to the attributes of created beings, and they do not misinterpret the Divine attributes or deny them, and they do not liken them to the attributes of human beings. (

  • Géji

    ” every human being was created in the image of the Almightly”

    lol, a bit confused fusion of Chistian doctrine with Islamic one?

  • Black Infidel

    Yeah, she is ugly.

  • How Islam Created the Modern World

    Concur with Faisal Rathor, every human being was created in the image of the Almightly.

    It doesn’t matter what Rachel Abrams looks are like because even is she were beautiful, her actions are ugly. If you make attacks like this you lose what credibility you have.
    Guys please…let’s not come down to the moral latitude of the enemy. Otherwise we have no credence. Becoming like them is not the way to solve these problems.

    The truth is ugly enough, we do not need to nor should we for moral reasons compromise on our own values.

  • How Islam Created the Modern World

    Thank you Garibaldi, thank you Max Blumenthal.

    I’ve emailed the ombudsman.

    This dreadful woman, Rachel Abrams should be fired form the Washington Post, hauled up before the police and charged with incitement to murder.

  • bin dead awhile

    its a man!!!!!

  • Faisal Rathor

    We might call her ugly from inside but Islamically, it is not allowed to call someone ugly outwardly because this is how God created us. If we are talking about outward actions then that is something else.

  • Kevin

    I don’t think it promotes genocide, but is definately hateful, promoting hate, violence and death for the Palestinian captors involved in holding Shalit or making the exchange to free the Palestinian captives.

    The Palestinian captors are human as well. Just as human as Israeli captors are, many of whom have committed nothing less than terrorist acts themselves and take Palestinians into captivity in casual frequencies. We rightly don’t condone promoting hate against Israeli fighters themselves as humans, as much as we should promote hate against wrongful and injust acts they commit. It is not right to turn around and condone it when it is being promoted against Palestinian fighters either. I hope they will apologize and understand the wrongness in such extremism and promoting it in public like that.

  • NassirH

    It looks like she is continuing to dig her shithole. These people are ugly inside and out.

  • Qster

    Jenifer….I thought that was a dude.

  • JD

    I also suggest we all write to the OP ED section of washpost about this and ask the same question

    or go to

  • JD

    Time to contact this Pexton guy at 202.334.7582 or and if Rubin’s act was permissible according to his paper’s ethical guidelines Lets all contact them and see….

  • Solid Snake

    What are u fools on about? This free sprache! Come on ur not reaaaally harming anyone with genocidal comments! And even when some not so lone wolf racist islamophobe massacres a group of innocents u can always say that ur not responsible for someone else’s actions all while insulting the victims. Maaan ya gotta love free speech…

  • HumptyDumptyisonCrack

    I second ^FXG’s comment. Fugly!

  • Al

    Hey! She resembles that remark!

  • FXG

    She is both ugly in the inside and out.

  • Muslim Gooner

    We would never hear the end of it had this been “tweeted” by a Muslim. Just another long line of double standards practice by this lot. Disgraceful.

  • mindy1

    Some people are truly disturbed :(

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