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Britain’s far-left newspaper/website the Guardian with its media group (which also includes the Observer) has been called “more hostile to Israel” than any “mainstream media outfit in the Western world.” That description was offered by The Commentator, the site run by Robin Shepherd, author of A State Beyond the Pale.

British media expert Tom Gross, noting that the Guardian has “acknowledged (or at least partly acknowledged) that [it] ha[s] a problem with anti-Semitism,” cites

the paper’s long track record of being at or near the forefront of efforts to demonize the Jewish state: its decades’ long policy of greatly exaggerating any wrongdoing by Israel while ignoring, downplaying or even romanticizing attacks on her.

That has included headlines such as “‘Netanyahu turns to Nazi language’ (July 10, 2009) or ‘Israel simply has no right to exist’ (Jan. 3, 2001),” as well as the term “‘proto-fascist’ (Feb. 12, 2009) to describe the Israeli cabinet….”

In its report on “Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2011,” the Community Security Trust (CST), which advises the UK Jewish community on security and antisemitism, devoted a whole section to the Guardian. “In 2011,” CST noted, “the Guardian faced more accusations of antisemitism than any other mainstream UK newspaper.”

The CiF Watch site does an excellent daily job of “monitoring and combating antisemitism, and the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, at the Guardian and its blog, ‘Comment is Free.’”

The Guardian, with about 50 million unique visitors per month and about twelve times that many page views per month, has immense reach. It is one of the significant reasons that so many people in the West view Israel as an evil country. Claiming Israel should not exist, praising its terrorist attackers, and defaming its people and ethos are some of the Guardian’s contributions over the years.

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The Guardian doesn't care for Israel...OMG. Here's a clue Davy, that's their right. You don't like it, that's your right. That doesn't mean they're anti-semetic per se, no matter how many Jewish watch dog groups say they are. Here in America the Southern Poverty Law Center routinely smears pro family orgs as hate groups because somehow that makes them anti-gay. It led directly to an attempted mass shooting. Pretty despicable huh, but they have a right to their opinion and the right to publish. Being opposed to Israeli policy doesn't neccessarily make you anti-semetic.
22 weeks ago
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You are right...being opposed doesn't necessarily make one antisemitic. How you express that opposition does hence the reason for the examples in the article.

And I have as yet to see where the author said they didn't have a right to their opinion, and if they have a right to theirs...SO DOES THE AUTHOR.
22 weeks ago
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The Groanyard is the English version of Der Sturmer and of course the printed version of al-beeb. Antisemitic to the core, gushing about terrorists and terrorist organizations, using Pallywood photos, etc it is nothing but anti-Jewish and anti-Israel propaganda 24/7.
22 weeks ago
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I shudder to think who's #4 or 3? The House of Commons? Huffington Post?
22 weeks ago
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The Guardian is also famous for supporting global warming. They have a stable of tame North American bloggers who outright lie in their columns. I caught one shamelessly doing a review of the 2011 Canadian Elections and complained. Suzanne Goldenberg writes from the US about climate issues and her columns are over the top as well. The Guardian is also well known for removing your comments if they don't agree with the party line.
22 weeks ago
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I support Global Warming also. I tihnk it's a good idea.
21 weeks ago
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None of this should surprise us. Antisemitism has always flourished in the UK, and not just among the Left. But see how UK leftists, normally fans of Martha Gellhorn, nailed her over-interest and support for Israel: http://clarespark.com/2012/08/06/gellhorns-blind-spot-on-israel/.
22 weeks ago
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Gales of riotous laughter. Socialist are anti-Semitic. Now. In 1932. In 1952. Duh.
Complaining that the Guardian accurately represents Socialism is hilarious. Next up: water is wet.
22 weeks ago
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I haven't followed this series very closely but I see an issue here.
"Anti-Israel" is not automatically "anti-Semitic" or "anti-Jew." I realize they are likely to be linked. Still, a person who defends the rights and dignity of Jews in the UK may consider Israel's founding and existence to be wrong. Such a person is anti-Israel but not anti-Semitic or anti-Jew.
The Guardian certainly comes across "anti-Israel" to me but I'm not ready to add "anti-Jewish."
23 weeks ago
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I think Progressive and antisemite are pretty much synonomous, aren't they? Which begs the interesting question, why are so many American Jews Progressive?
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