Lee Kaplan, the suave-looking gentleman above, has hit the media jackpot of the netherworld that is the right, and will be on Bill O'Reilly's show Thursday. In honor of such a lackluster occurrence, let's examine this fellow a little more.
Many involved in work on Israel/Palestine are familiar with him. He mainly dwells over on FrontPageMag.com, where he writes "articles" that consistently have "terror," "hate" or "jihad" in the title. His "research" consists of stuff he either blatantly makes up or hyper-exaggerates.
Kaplan is exceptionally proud of his "undercover" work. Among other activities, this has involved putting on blackface and pretending to be Pakistani at the 2004 conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement. Ehud at Cal Tzedek has recently revealed Kaplan's online penchant for pretending he is Arab and using this Arab identity to defend himself on blogs.
As I mentioned earlier, Kaplan is also on the board of the neo-McCarthyist Bruin Alumni Association. In November, he became the Director of Communications for the rabidly Islamophobic organization, the United American Committee, which on February 1 held a national so-called "Rally Against Islamofascism Day."
Finally, Kaplan is the brains (and I use that term loosely) behind the website Stop the ISM. Here he claims that the ISM is affiliated with the killers of Malcolm X, "eats its own useful idiots," and "makes Israeli children and the elderly go to bed hungry."
The sites main assertion, in what appears to be a brilliant display of inductive logic, since the two groups have similarly worded names, is that Palestine Solidarity Movement is actually the International Solidarity Movement. Yet the whole site, which is premised on that claim, fails to offer any actual evidence to prove it. Instead, it serves up a wholesale libel-fest of paranoia and disparagement with no actual proof to be seen. Welcome to the Crazyland Sideshow, with Lee Kaplan as your host.