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  1. the woman who went ion the ant-israel tirade was shocking in her misinformation. especially unsettling was her comment that people could just walk out of the warsaw ghetto thru tunnels. it is estimated that 500, 000 were confined in the warsaw ghetto with many starving to death, do you think they would have been able to walk out and not do so?? the woman was ranting and sadly both of you let her go on and seemed afraid to deal with her one sidedness, IT IS ONESIDEDNESS THAT HAS MADE THE SITUATION WORSE> I AM REALLY ASHAMED OF YOU GUYS FOR LETTING THIS KIND OF TALK GO ON> IT WAS A TRUE UNREASONED MOMENT THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET!!

    • “First of all, thank you for taking the time to comment on our website. It is important to Mark and me to hear how you feel about the show, and our revised website is intended to be a way for us to share how the Leftjab Community feels about an issue.

      Secondly, with respect to the specific comments, we wanted to give you a bit of context. We see our show as a platform for all of us to hear opinions we might not otherwise hear. While Phyllis’ comments clearly upset some of you, what she was saying and how she was saying it represent how a cross-section of Americans are thinking about the current situation.

      There are so many places where we can hear from people who agree with us, or provide us with viewpoints that reinforce what we “already know.” What we are trying to do with Leftjab Radio is provide a place where we can hear from not only people who agree with us, but from people who challenge our assumptions, and provide us with different viewpoints. In order to provide a spectrum of guests who can inform us, we offer all of our guests a consistent level of courtesy and give them a hearing – even when we as hosts don’t personally agree, or would say things differently. All of us have the right to “own our own opinion” and to do so, we need to be informed.

      So, maybe sometimes you’ll hear guests on Leftjab whose ideas offend you, or make you so angry you want to scream. We are not having them on our show to get that reaction and apologize in advance if that happens again (although if we are doing our job right we suspect that it will). We’ll keep doing our best to provide a spectrum of viewpoints evaluated and curated with the goal of making progressives more informed and better able to make our arguments. It might be uncomfortable at times, but the rough and tumble of democracy is uncomfortable. However, the alternative – two hermetically sealed camps existing in antagonistic echo chambers – isn’t democracy at all.

      Thanks for reading this comment and being loyal listeners. Oh, and please don’t hesitate to call-in to raise your valid points with us on air. Or share them on Twitter if you prefer — we promise to pass them along to our audience.

      See you on the radio on Sunday!”

  2. Copy of message to Phyllis Bennis:
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    Your comments on Left Jab last night, while compelling in many ways, still left some very critical questions unanswered in my view. For example, you referred several times to the “siege” and blockade of Gaza by Israel clearly implying that Hamas was somehow justified in attacking Israeli civilians because of it. Unfortunately you failed to address the issue of why the blockade was imposed in the first place. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t that blockade and quarantine of the strip established to try to prevent Hamas from importing weapons and establishing a base from which to attack Israeli civilians to an even greater degree than they do now?

    Ma’am, respectfully, while we all abhor the massive loss of civilian life in Gaza the fact remains that Hamas is using its civilian population as a human shield to protect their offensive weapons and are directly inviting the IDF to attack those positions for the sake of the propaganda victory that they will gain from doing so. Sadly, I heard nothing from you in the way of outrage over their use of such barbaric tactics. Why is that? Why are your arguments so one sided?

    And I’m not sure where you were going with your rather curious argument that Theodore Herzl was a 19th century colonial. Why should anyone be influenced by what Herzl might have written in his diary over a hundred years ago? How many colonies has Israel established since 1948? Please read the complete history of that time before answering.

    The bottom line is that if Hamas would abandon its hateful obsession with destroying Israel and agree to sit down at the bargaining table with Israel for some serious discussions NONE of these terrible things would be happening; NONE! Think about it. This one indisputable fact destroys your entire argument in my view.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

    Lawrence J. (Larry) Pius
    542 NW Lambrusco Dr
    Port Saint Lucie FL 34986
    772-626-7840

    • Response from Jonathan Aberman:

      “First of all, thank you for taking the time to comment on our website. It is important to Mark and me to hear how you feel about the show, and our revised website is intended to be a way for us to share how the Leftjab Community feels about an issue.

      Secondly, with respect to the specific comments, we wanted to give you a bit of context. We see our show as a platform for all of us to hear opinions we might not otherwise hear. While Phyllis’ comments clearly upset some of you, what she was saying and how she was saying it represent how a cross-section of Americans are thinking about the current situation.

      There are so many places where we can hear from people who agree with us, or provide us with viewpoints that reinforce what we “already know.” What we are trying to do with Leftjab Radio is provide a place where we can hear from not only people who agree with us, but from people who challenge our assumptions, and provide us with different viewpoints. In order to provide a spectrum of guests who can inform us, we offer all of our guests a consistent level of courtesy and give them a hearing – even when we as hosts don’t personally agree, or would say things differently. All of us have the right to “own our own opinion” and to do so, we need to be informed.

      So, maybe sometimes you’ll hear guests on Leftjab whose ideas offend you, or make you so angry you want to scream. We are not having them on our show to get that reaction and apologize in advance if that happens again (although if we are doing our job right we suspect that it will). We’ll keep doing our best to provide a spectrum of viewpoints evaluated and curated with the goal of making progressives more informed and better able to make our arguments. It might be uncomfortable at times, but the rough and tumble of democracy is uncomfortable. However, the alternative – two hermetically sealed camps existing in antagonistic echo chambers – isn’t democracy at all.

      Thanks for reading this comment and being loyal listeners. Oh, and please don’t hesitate to call-in to raise your valid points with us on air. Or share them on Twitter if you prefer — we promise to pass them along to our audience.

      See you on the radio on Sunday!”

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