As an involved party, I should comment on this:
I admit that I didn’t read the forum rules beforehand, so it was at least partly my fault. As I said in the thread, I was reacting emotionally to a perceived slight towards something important to me (namely: Judaism) and rather than respond with a string of epithets I chose to call his utterances lies (which they were. Judaism does not require unwavering loyalty to Israel the political and international entity, nor is it “polluted” any more than any other religion). However, I know now that, despite how I may have been justified in my response, that is in contradiction with the rules of the forum, so I apologized and promised to respond more appropriately in the future. After that I considered the matter closed (and I believe the mods did as well).
Actually, I do agree with those forum rules. Far too many decent conversations (online and irl) so quickly descend into ad hominems and, frankly, “you’re a liar” doesn’t really advance the conversation as much as a nuanced response with cites and footnotes would. I admit that I certainly dropped the ball on this one and I will try to rectify that in the future. Can’t blame the mods for doing their duty and enforcing the rules!