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November 3, 2013 - 1:00 pm

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Praising terrorists and genocidists

Considering the Guardian’s hostility toward Israel, it makes sense that it takes a favorable view of those who work most fervently to destroy it.

As Tom Gross points out, the Guardian

ran a front page article…describing Yasser Arafat (known to many as the “father of international airline terrorism”) as “cuddly” and “erotic,” adding that “the stubble on his cheeks was silky not prickly. It smelt of Johnson’s Baby Powder” (Nov. 12, 2004).

Guardian deputy editor Katharine Viner found a similar charm in Leila Khaled, a Palestinian terrorist who hijacked and blew up part of a TWA plane and held two Israeli passengers hostage for half a year. Viner was taken with:

The gun held in fragile hands, the shiny hair wrapped in a keffiah, the delicate Audrey Hepburn face refusing to meet your eye.

When, last November, after hundreds of rocket firings on towns and villages, Israel waged a one-week war against Hamas in Gaza, the Guardian continued its tradition as a platform for Hamas. This organization, indeed the apple of the eye of many progressives, is busy imposing sharia law on Gaza; its charter states: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it….”

On that occasion the Guardian published a piece by Musa Abumarzuq, deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, who declared: “With the approach of the Israeli elections, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, wanted to trade with the blood of the Palestinians….”

As CiF Watch noted:

Other than Abumarzuq, who published a previous essay at CiF in 2011, the list includes Hamas ‘Prime Minister’ Ismail Haniyeh, their head of international relations Osama Hamdan, and their ‘advisor’, Azzam Tamimi.

But if there was one anti-Israeli figure who seemed beyond the pale even for the Western left, it was—one may have thought—Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not so for the abovementioned Seumas Milne, who complained that the Western media presented Ahmadinejad as

 nothing but a Holocaust-denying fanatic. The other Ahmadinejad, who is seen to stand up for the country’s independence, expose elite corruption on TV and use Iran’s oil wealth to boost the incomes of the poor majority, is largely invisible abroad.

One can conjecture what Milne might have written in the 1930s about another anti-Jewish genocidist who, after all, got the trains running on time.

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