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November 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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Down with Israel

When the Israel-hating Electronic Intifada site accused the Guardian of failing to support the “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian issue—whereby Israel and surrounding Arab populations would blend into a single Arab state and Israel would cease to exist—longtime Guardian columnist and associate editor Seumas Milne sprang to his paper’s defense.

“We have,” he asserted, “had numerous articles supporting the Palestinian right to return (including by regular columnists)….”

“One-state solution” and “Palestinian right of return”—they mean the same thing. The latter variant entails millions of descendants of Arabs who fled Israel during the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli war “returning” to Israel and demographically swamping its Jewish population. The result is the same: perhaps some Jews living (very precariously) in a majority-Arab state, but no Israel.

And lest there be any remaining doubt where the Guardian stands, its editorial on October 21 this year declared: “Amid deepening despair as to the viability of a two-state solution, [the one-state] option…is only going to attract more attention.”

 It may not have been, as CiF Watch noted, an explicit endorsement of “one state,” butat least…a step in that direction….”

A step, that is, in a blatantly antisemitic direction. Among “the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself,” the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism cites: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination….”

Or, to put it differently, promoting a Middle East where the 21 Arab states of the Arab League, plus at least one state dubbed “Palestinian,” continue to exist—but no Israel. For the radical, Palestinian-enamored left that the Guardian represents, that would be one Jewish state too many.

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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.
49 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.
49 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.
50 weeks ago
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I shudder to think who's #4 or 3? The House of Commons? Huffington Post?
50 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.
50 weeks ago
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I support Global Warming also. I tihnk it's a good idea.
48 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/.
50 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.
50 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."
50 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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