In recent weeks there has been little else on Mary Rizzo’s Peacepalestine blog but a Petition in Support of 2 Outstanding Personalities (Atzmon & Rizzo!). The fact that some 200 odballs have signed a petition in support of racists and anti-Semites is considered more newsworthy than the siege of Gaza for example.
However I’ve maligned the signatories it seems. The following appeared on Alef, the Academic Left mailing list, from Shraga Elam, an anti-Zionist Israeli historian living in Switzerland.
I learned from Ellen Rohlfs and from Hajo Meyer that they did not sign the petition. Hajo is even very insulted that I could believe that he would sign such a petition. Obviously somebody did it unauthorized on their behalf and Mary can find it out as she has the IP of the sender/s of the supporting mails.
I don’t blame Mary for the fake, although by most of the petitions that I initiated being aware of such problems, we demanded a confirmation of the signature.
However people should rest assured. The signatories of Holocaust deniers like Paul Eisen and Wendy Campbell and The Radical Press are genuine, as are the signatories of conspiracy nuts like Jeff Blankfort and the zany academic Oren Ben-Dorr.