A 9 Av call from Nizaar
Tonight, my wife took a phone call from “Jack”, who when I answered the phone, introduced himself as Nizaar.
I realized that the man “STOP THE BDS” had publically condemned for threatening to “petrol bomb ” the Cape Town Israel rally, had found my phone number, which is no secret, and knew that I was an admin of the South Africa “STOP THE BDS” page, which is also no secret.
He was calling in panic to tell me that someone had posted all his details and his wife’s details on the comments threade and he feared not only for his legal situation but for his and his family’s safety, which of course none of us had any intention of threatening.
He assured me that he was not serious, and pointed out that he had used the FB suffix “lol” after the threat.
We had a long, frank, and constructive conversation and I offered to convince STOP THE BDS international and regional groups to remove the post if he publically committed to renouncing hate-speech and violence and debating in a civil manner only.
He agreed in writing via FB message to one of the admins, and the post was removed.
shows how powerful FB is, how a civil and calm conversation can bring about desired results, albeit after much pressure, and how We live in an age where Hashem gives us the tools to stand up for ourselves.
We might just meet for coffee at the Cape Grace, or maybe even the King David, one day.
השבינו ה עליך ונשובה חדש ימינו כקדם