To clarify my position on Greta Berlin & developments that indicate that the “private FB group” wasn’t benign: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/greta-berlins-statement-not-correct
In my second post on the matter, I wrote that she’d made clear that her “intent in sharing that deeply disturbing video was not to support its content” and that for me that was “enough” – because “I now understand that my reading of her earlier comments was absolutely inaccurate.” I never suggested there’d been an apology, nor that she’d proven the existence of a “private group” – indeed, I said proof was needed. As a writer, though, I know that if she’d made her statement 24 hrs earlier, I would’ve written my piece very differently. I stand by that. There is already too much guessing at hints and shadows in my line of work, and I try very hard to write about what is verifiable. Bottom line, she disavowed the very thing that was the thesis of my entire post. That changes, at the very least, my post.
(I do wish I hadn’t used the word “absolutely,” though. So it goes).
UPDATE: Please note this follow up from Larry Derfner at +972, in which he says: “I saw part of the Facebook discussion that [Ali] Abunimah [to whom I linked above] evidently referred to, and from what I saw, his description was right – but it’s not the group Berlin says she meant. She said the smaller group has been together for nearly a year,” which is referred to later in a Free Gaza statement as “a small and secret Facebook group, 37 members strong, consisting of a very diverse set of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and opinions.”