Seattle Blogger Richard Silverstein is enough of a running joke, that assorted bloggers keep a running tally on how many times he has made a fool of himself. We've got one more to add to the list.
This might be the most complete tally:.From IsraellyCool,
a selection of links pointing to Richard Silverstein’s
- Unreliability, whether it be lies or lack of factchecking
- Defence of Hamas and palestinian terrorists, or otherwise explaining away their crimes
- Ignorance of Israel and Judaism, despite his claims of expertise
- Possible crimes
- Following by antisemites
Lets chalk this latest one up to unreliability, with a hefty sprinkling of hypocrisy. Richard Silverstein has accused Israeli doctors of killing " tens of thousands of Arab children", by irradiating them as part of the treatment for Tinea capitis; ringworm, a very common and very contagious fungal infection
Silverstein is a bit late jumping on the demonization bandwagon for this one. This antisemitic meme drifted through the Bay area in 2008, and was soundly rebuked on the hard left's own agitprop site, Indybay
According to a commenter on the site, the standard treatment for ringworm at the time was radiation. This was an article from a 1949 California medical journal
RADIATION THERAPY OF RINGWORM OF THE SCALP
Calif Med. 1949 March; 70(3): 189–193.
M. E. Mottram and Harold A. Hill
A recent epidemic of tinea capitis in children has revived a considerable interest in the methods of treatment of this disease. The most efficacious form of therapy for M. audouini infections is roentgen epilation. Cure was effected by this method in all of a group of 125 cases.
Yes, Silverstein is condemning Israeli doctors for treating patients with radiation, which was considered the state of the art treatment at the time.
Wait, Wait! There's more. Silverstein's headline reads "When Israeli Doctors killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Children" , prompting one of this followers to respond "Genocide".
Silverstein, knows that the vast majority of internet users, and certainly his intellectually sub-par followers never read beyond the headline. The "Arab" children were actually Jews, entering Israel after their expulsion from Arab lands and he is attempting to conceal that fact from the majority of his followers. Its a deliberate, malicious attempt to mislead his readers, and one of them called him out on it
In just one post we have both shoddy, incomplete research and
deliberately misleading use of language, with the specific purpose of
demonizing Israel. Could we expect anything different from Richard
On his website,
Silverstein asserts, incorrectly
"At that time, many children developed ringworm, a
non-lethal condition of fungal origin which affected the scalp. Unlike in other
countries, 100,000 Jewish (and Palestinian) Arab children were irradiated in
order to treat the condition. While medical protocol of the day directed that
no technician receive a dose higher than .5 Roentgen, those treated could
received (sic) a higher dose. A lethal
dose was considered 200 Roentgen (R). The children treated received individual
doses of 350R. Sometimes they received two doses (for a total of 600R). 6,000
of the victims died within the first year or so after treatment. To this day,
many of the remaining victims suffer cancers, epilepsy, infertility and other
brain disorders. Even their children have been impacted through genetic
abnormalities passed on from one generation to the next."
According to the British Journal of Medicine:
In 1948, the state of the art was 400 r over 5 fields (No, Richard, this was not considered a “lethal dose”)
TREATMENT OF RINGWORM OF THE SCALP
Br Med J. 1948 Apr 17;1(4554):723-6.
BRAIN RT, CROW K, et al.
A year after, the recommended
dose was 500 r (over 4 fields)
Br Med J. 1949 Mar 26;1(4603):523.
LYDON FL, STEPHANIDES T, ROBB TM.
Silverstein’s medical research ranks about par with his
historic research. Psst. Richard, one more thing. Only germline mutations are inherited, not somatic ones
How typical of Richard Silverstein to publish first, and then ask questions
Plancks Constant has an excellent response to the spurious allegations of the film, The Ringworm Children here