A Very Dirty Business: AJN Watch Gets Personal

AJN Watch is a nasty little site, run by people who have some serious issues with the Jewish News, homosexuals, and now me, among others.

What makes their latest post so special is that they feel they have stumbled upon some extremely hot, breaking news.

What these people do not realise is that their, “latest scoop” is already known to everyone who has a passing acquaintance with me.

They allude to various dark secrets in my past, using suspiciously similar language to the Sensible Jew’s troll (who has now taken to writing gay bashing emails of late – he is clearly unwell).

As AJN Watch is written by one or more anonymous cowards, they don’t make any concrete revelations because they clearly fear legal retribution and, I suppose, exposure.

If their identities were exposed, it would be interesting to see what various legal remedies any number of people in the community might seek.

As for those of you who don’t already know the deep, dark secret they want to reveal about me , it’s very simple:

My ex-husband and his family come from a repressive Middle Eastern country.

Though nominally Muslim, they are utterly secular and repudiate any show of religiosity. Their views on any political topic would be very welcome at pretty much any Shabbat dinner table. Indeedthey graced our table at numerous Shabbatot and chagim and some of my warmest memories involve their joing in the  singing at family Seders.

All these people – both family and friends – are our well-wishers. They are people with identical sentiments regarding liberal democracy, and would surprise the uninitiated with their admiration of Jews and Israel.

One of them asked me how he could make his family more, “Jewish.” It took a while for me to work out what he meant. His view was that there was nothing stronger than the bonds of a Jewish family, that education was highly valued, and that community was also very important.

For a number of political reasons, my ex-family and my circle of friends really didn’t need to be publicly associated with a Zionist blogger.

That is why I began this site anonymously. When I came out, it was under the naive assumption that Jews in our community would not actually want to drag the names of some of the only friends they have in the Middle East through the mud, and potentially compromise their well-being.

AJN Watch believes that if more Jews knew about my ex-husband, they would be revolted enough to abandon this site in droves.

From comments, emails, Facebook activity, and the people I actually know in person, I know that most Jews are better than that.

Most Jews are smart enough not to be repelled by someone’s ethnicity or religion.

Most Jews are smart enough to know that when you have few friends in a region, you don’t make their lives as unpleasant as possible all in the name of running a cowardly vendetta.

So, AJN Watch,please know,  if you continue in this grubby campaign, there are increasing numbers of us who might enjoy the opportunity to expose you and your sources, to gather some legal advice, and to see which government departments would take an interest in such a malicious and vindictive  hate site.

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4 Responses to “A Very Dirty Business: AJN Watch Gets Personal”

  1. Edders says:

    You see, I told you were more famous than you thought and while its sad to see someone targetting you in such a personal matter, I’d like to put forward that it means you are making people nervous about your comments. On reading the comments on the blog, I’m just wondering whether some of the people have ever read your blog, for instance

    “David with due respect it is totally naive to believe Feins Islamic connection has no relevance or should be ignored considering her anti Israel and anti Jewish obsession . Anash has a valid point.”

    I haven’t seen you write anything I would consider anti-Israel and while you are critical of the jewish community I wouldn’t say your work is anti-jewish or anti-semetic.

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  2. sensiblejew says:

    Hi Edders.

    I’m not sure that angering the loony homophobic/misogynist/racist fringe counts as fame :)

    But yeah… a minority of people do tend to get a bit rabid – so much so that they are incapable of actually reading what I write.

    If they did, my staunch Zionism would be obvious, as would my commitment to the welfare of the community. I criticise our leadership only when they do not seem to be acting in our best interests.

    A few people cannot distinguish between criticising leadership and criticising the entire community – Dvir Abramovich made that mistake very publicly in an article printed in both The Sunday Age and The AJN.

    Ironically, when he did that, it drove numerous people to the site, so they could actually read what it’s all about: how to make Jewish life in Australia better. I think the same is happening with the hate site that published its “scoop.”

    At the same time, there are plenty of decent folk out there who disagree with me on a number of issues (Morry and David Werdiger are two good examples), and spark intelligent and necessary debate.

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  3. Morry says:

    I’ll take that as a great compliment, SJ. You always seem to have a nice word to say, or extract the nicest from what somebody else has said, and that’s a commendable quality. I find you incredibly bright, intelligent, and good … a rare and valuable combination to be cherished, and I would not be surprised if our actual positions are much closer than you might believe, as, more often than not, we are discussing dressing, rather than meat. It’s always differences that need to be discussed, even if they make up no more than 2% of people’s positions. Whatever the case, I appreciate the environment of respect that permeates these discussions, and the amount of thinking you’ve caused me to do.

    Life taught me long ago that things like these need to be said, because the opportunities to say them are often too rare. A new year and the proximity of Yom Kippur couldn’t make it a better time … in case I neglect to say it down the track, or sound hostile in the heat of a discussion *smile*

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  4. sensiblejew says:

    Morry, this is one of the loveliest comments I’ve read in a long time. Thank you :)

    And I’m sure we agree on many things. Ironically, I’d bet my fiercest Jewish critics and I would agree on the fundamentals too, regarding Zionism and the welfare of the Australian Jewish community.

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