One of my hasbara commenters urges me to log off and shut up, because I am not the Arab Everywoman. I am interested in this characterization. It never occurred to me to play the Arab Everywoman, since I consider myself an American first, and know that no Arab national would see me as entitled to claim such a role. However, the people who are flooding blog world with comments, argument, invective, fake concern, and veiled threats must see my blog as such a voice.
I am honored. When my father learned from an informant that the Anti-Defamation League had listed him in their database as a PLO member, he said he, too was honored. (This was in the 70s, before Palestinian militiamen attacked our village and killed my grandmother). He said he could not be a member of the PLO since he was a Lebanese, not a Palestinian, but if the ADL thought he was, then he was doing something right. What he was doing was going to meetings in Peoria, Illinois and speaking for the rights of the Palestinians.
Speaking the truth can be dangerous when it contradicts the lies of the powerful.
This blog does not matter that much in the scheme of things; but I think somebody is very scared if they are tracking the likes of me. The clock is ticking...