Recently I expressed concerns about the methodology of the Yachad poll. My concern was that the 72 ‘seeds’ in the ‘snowball’ category of the sample were mainly recruited by the advisory group of the survey, six of whom (out of ten) are Yachad signatories with three of the rest being left-leaning. The further concern was that this would bias the 496 respondents recruited by the ‘seeds’.
The recent Yachad poll was widely covered in the MSM. Particularly cited was the result that 24% of British Jews would be prepared to “support some sanctions against Israel” if this would “encourage the Israeli government to engage in the peace process”
The key way to get a totally biased survey outcome matching the message you really want to put across is this: is feed your respondents a whole set of statements that embody the political views you want to push, and then invite them to agree or disagree.
A guest post by AKUS Every month or two, a letter condemning Israel is published in the Guardian carrying multiple signatures. These typically include quite a few radical left figures with little […]
Cross posted from the blog of David Collier It is Sept. 9th, 2015. In the Middle East, millions are oppressed by their own leaders, hundreds of thousands of people have been […]
Early this morning, The Economist tweeted the following link and photo to promote a featured story on their website (Fighting Talk, Sept. 5th) with the same image of ‘American Jewish protesters’, with the […]
(See important update at the bottom of this post.) British Prime Minister David Cameron’s address last night on his government’s plan to combat extremism included an argument which those who fight antisemitism […]
Asghar Bukhari, a founding member and spokesperson for the extremist Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), recently claimed on Facebook that Zionists broke into his home to steal one of his shoes, in order to […]
Yesterday, we posted about a Guardian editorial praising the Iranian nuclear deal (Guardian view on Iran nuclear deal: a triumph of diplomacy, July 14) which included this curious claim regarding Iran’s President, Hasan […]
Asghar Bukhari defends conspiracy theory by citing source popular with those who see ‘Zionist footprints’
Asghar Bukhari, a founding member and spokesperson for the “extremist” and “antisemitic” Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK), recently claimed on Facebook that Zionists broke into his home to steal a shoe, in order to drive him crazy.
We recently posted about a motion passed by the executive council of the National Union of Students (the confederation of 600 students’ unions in the UK) to boycott Israel – one which, quite remarkably, […]
One of the most frequently heard complaints by pro-Palestinian activists (and journalists sympathetic to the Palestinian cause) is that Zionists cynically accuse them of antisemitism for merely engaging in criticism of Israel. […]
Cross posted from the blog of David Collier As I was there today at the High Court, I thought I’d write just a few points about today’s High Court Judicial Review hearing […]
Cross posted from the blog of David Collier So much talk, so many arguments. Unsurprisingly, many of the people who favour boycotting Israeli academics, shouting down anyone speaking in favour of Israel, […]
Cross posted from Academic Friends of Israel Southampton University, one of 24 members of the British Russell Group of Institutions which have distinguished themselves as research-led universities of international quality is to […]
On Friday the Guardian announced that Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian US, was appointed their new editor-in-chief. The decision was not a surprise to those following […]
If you want to understand why we feel it is perfectly justifiable to state that George Galloway MP has engaged in antisemitism, see our posts here and here. One of the pieces […]
On Feb. 5th we posted about an episode of BBC’s Question Time in which Guardian executive editor Jonathan Freedland accused George Galloway, the MP from Bradford West, of fueling antisemitism with his conspiracy-ridden, […]
Within 24 hours of our post in October 2011, noting that the Guardian’s online bookshop was selling Gilad Atzmon’s grossly antisemitic book, The Wandering Who?, they removed the title from their virtual shelves. However, at some […]
This is a cross-post from The Warped Mirror by Petra Marquardt-Bigman In an article on “Europe’s New Anti-Semitism,” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks argued a few years ago that it was important to […]