July 15, 2004
A New Use For Blogs?

Over at Tacitus, 'Bird Dog' brings us up to date on a recent story:

Ten days ago, I wrote about the International Solidarity Movement and its attempts to train activists, send them to Israel and join Palestinian "resistance" efforts. Lee Kaplan of FrontPageMag.com went undercover to an ISM training session and wrote about it here. One of the ISM trainers was a woman named Jamie, described as a "social worker for the city of San Francisco," who handed out ISM training manuals and provided numerous helpful tips to get its fellow travelers through border checkpoints and elude Israeli security. Well, it looks like she could've used a few more tips herself, since IDF busted her in Israel.

Then again, perhaps she could have used one fewer 'tip'. I wonder whether the Israelis in charge of keeping out people like Jamie read Front Page, or Tacitus, or any of the other blogs that linked to the story. Knowing that one of the ISM leaders is a woman named Jamie and a San Francisco social worker would probably have been enough to identify this one, even without knowing her last name. Of course, the Israeli government may well have infiltrated ISM themselves, but in this case they could (and perhaps did) save themselves the trouble, the expense, and (not least) the potential embarrassment if they were caught doing so.

I should perhaps add that I see nothing whatsoever unethical in either the Israelis or Front Page or the blogs acting as they have done, if things happened as I have surmised. Israel has a perfect right to keep out Jamie and her ISM associates.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at July 15, 2004 09:42 AM

I didn't think it was a coincidence that after Jamie was outed by Kaplan, she was detained by the Israelis just a few weeks later. The more of loony tunes outed the better.

Posted by: Bird Dog on July 15, 2004 09:36 PM

according to her mother, she's a really nice person.

Posted by: johnnojoke on July 18, 2004 05:50 PM