This morning I received an e-mail from a Mr. Richard Behar, who says he is a contributing editor to Forbes and who, like apparently hundreds of people (most of whom were anti-Zionist but be that as it may), objected to something he read in the piece published on the Open Zion website yesterday, "Brooklyn College And The BDS Debate."
As you can see from the below, I tried to answer his question politely and get rid of him, repeatedly, until he informed me (after publishing my e-mails without even asking permission) that he planned to write a column about them. Since I have nothing to hide in this respect, but do not believe that Richard can be trusted to treat the exchange fairly and honestly—and moreover, he has already demonstrated that he does not believe in the privacy e-mail communication—I thought I'd put up the entire exchange here, so that (in the unlikely event that) he really does waste even more time writing about me, interested parties—again, I imagine that the existence of such a person might be a stretch—can judge for him or herself. Eric Alterman.
I just read your column (from yesterday) in the Daily Beast, and—as a longtime investigative reporter—was quite surprised to see that you could make such a sweeping indictment of a country without providing any backup to readers. Specifically:
"It is true, of course, that Israel's brutal treatment of the Palestinian people breeds hatred rather than a desire for cooperation with their oppressors…"
WOW. Please see my attached Comment if/when you get a chance, and I hope you will consider taking me up on my challenge.
In my view, you should have backed this up to begin with. But it's hardly too late.
Thanks and all best regards,
Eric to Richard:
Here you go, sir.
For a "longtime investigative reporter," this shouldn't have been so hard to find.
but happy to be of service,,,,
Richard to Eric:
Wow, that's quite nasty of you.
Happy to read, but it's not what you've written previously — it's the backing up of a sweeping indictment in a current column. I should think any "distinguished" journalism professor would know that.