The Israeli consulate in Boston has sent angry messages to a RIFF participant, after his criticism of how the US media were covering the deadly events in Gaza was retweeted by Palestinian activists.
Dan Cohen was pointing out how the Associated Press was “whitewashing Israel’s crimes” including the shooting of the agency’s own journalist in Gaza on Monday, when he received the messages from the consulate, calling him a “disgrace to Americans and Jews everywhere.”
I received this creepy and menacing direct message from @IsraelinBoston. Apparently the consulate uses its official account to monitor and harass journalists, especially Jewish ones. pic.twitter.com/Bpn41UYTmn
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 20, 2018
Apparently, the messages were triggered by a couple of tweets by Cohen that were retweeted by Ali Abunimah, the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a Chicago-based news site reporting from the Palestinian perspective. One of them referenced a documentary Cohen co-produced, called 'Killing Gaza,' about the 2014 conflict in the enclave.