A senior Media Matters for America official announced that he would not use the term "Israel Firster" as the controversial phrase with roots in the white supremacist movement is "a distraction."
Ari Rabin Havt, Media Matters’ executive vice president, distanced himself from the term, which, until recently, was regularly employed by MMFA senior staffer M.J. Rosenberg. This was his first public comment on the controversy.
"Do I support the use of the term Israel firser? I think that it is a distraction," Rabin-Havt said in response to a Free Beacon reporter during a panel discussion at J Street’s 2012 conference.
Rabin-Havt also slammed the Free Beacon for asking him about the controversy.
"People like Adam want to create a distraction," Rabin-Havt said. "He’s not here because he wants to legitimately debate."