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.