As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton called Max Blumenthal, a staunch anti-Israeli writer and son of her longtime confidante Sidney Blumenthal, a "mitzvah" in an email praising some of Max's work.

After asking an aide to print out three copies of Max Blumenthal's article that day in the Guardian, Clinton informed his father in a Sept. 13, 2012 email that "[y]our Max is a mitzvah!"

The story in question "argued even though the deadly scene in Benghazi may not have resulted directly from the angry reaction to the Islamophobic video," on which he then reported in detail, "the violence has helped realize the apocalyptic visions of the film's backers." Clinton attempted to blame the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the YouTube clip in a series of statements that have since been widely discredited.

But the writer she extolled just three days after that attack is best known for his deeply controversial writings that, among other things, have called Israel an apartheid state and likened Israel to Nazi Germany.

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