Originally published under the title "They Don't Like It Up 'Em: Canary Mission Website Gives Hard-Left a Taste of Their Own Medicine."
There's a website called "Canary Mission." I don't know who's behind it. Nor, it seems, does anyone else. But I think it's a great exercise in turning the tables on anti-Israel activists who have been 'shaming' people online for years.
Canary Mission says its aim is to "expose individuals and groups that are anti-Freedom, anti-American and anti-Semitic in order to protect the public and our democratic values."
It seeks to do this by maintaining an online database, complete with pictures, biographies, Facebook posts, videos, and quotes from anti-Israel activists who are seemingly apoplectic that their public behaviour has become, well, even more public than it was before.
And while I'm kind of sad that political activism in both the United States and the United Kingdom has sunk to this level, it isn't new, and thusly there shouldn't be the outcry over it that there has been online.
The left has habitually sought to 'out' and 'shame' those who don't share its opinions.
The hard-left, combined with anti-Israel specialists, have been doing this to people of a pro-Israel, or right-wing persuasion for years now. I should know – they've done it to me.
From the shady Powerbase website, linked to the vile SpinWatch group, the left has habitually sought to 'out' and 'shame' those who don't share its opinions, especially those who don't share them vocally.
Apparently it is a national scandal that I've campaigned against violent extremism. Of course, it's also of massive, global ramifications that I am not in the "nod along and smile" campaign for Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Canary Mission is using the left's own, hate-fueled tactics against it. And it is quite clear from the response so far that these people don't like it up 'em.
Well whoever is running this new website – and I'm not making judgments either way as to their integrity or standing – is doing nothing wrong as far as I'm concerned. In fact, I wonder if they'd consider expanding their focus to the United Kingdom.
If you're reading this, Canary Mission folks, I have a folder as thick as Jorge 'Cheko' Pacheco's hair... and you're welcome to it.
Raheem Kassam is a fellow at the Middle East Forum and editor-in-chief of Breitbart London