His email provides yet more evidence that, even by Guardian standards, Bell is an extremist in his hatred of Israel and what appears to be his utter contempt for the values and concerns of British Jews.
Thus far, most British media outlets – including the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and BBC – have ignored Hammad’s call for genocide, a speech, our sister site BBC Watch observed, that’s at odds with the media narrative of the Great March of Return, which has downplayed such extreme antisemitic incitement, whilst characterising the violent riots as mere “protests”.
Here’s the latest installment in our ongoing series of posts documenting BDS fails.
Even for those who avoid employing explicit classic antisemitic tropes while vilifying Israel, the acceptance of the view that the Jewish state isn’t merely a state that’s flawed as all states are, but, rather, represents, as the late Robert Wistrich phrased it, a singularly “organic obstacle to peace and progress” necessarily vilifies Jews qua Jews.
The Guardian is now indistinguishable from the very antisemitic organs that the newspaper itself used to hate
Though the Guardian occasionally acknowledges – albeit perfunctorily – the profound fears of the Jewish community amidst a Labour Party that has become institutionally antisemitic, their editorial decisions more often than not suggest an ideological inclination to legitimise those racist voices within the hard left who believe the entire row is some sort of anti-Corbyn plot hatched by embittered ‘Blairites and Zionists’.
We’re not sure at this point if the article has been temporarily removed pending an edit, or if it was taken down for good. Either way, it marks a positive trend within the British media whereby editors are far less inclined than they used to defend the counterfactual assertion that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel.
Regardless of journalists’ individual views on the logic behind the economics-first approach of the new US peace plan, their insistence on treating Palestinians and their leaders like children by robbing them of agency serves, as much as any other single factor, to grossly distort their readers’ understanding of the conflict.
Contrary to claims by Sky, AFP and Reuters, Jordan does not have a guardianship role over Jerusalem’s Christian holy sites.
While the BBC gave generous coverage to Palestinian Authority and PLO talking points throughout its coverage of the Bahrain conference – and not least their claim to aspire to a ‘two-state solution’ – it has to date completely ignored those threats of violence and the PA’s intimidation of Palestinian citizens.
In a classic case of burying the lede, the Guardian obfuscated the fact that the only baby among the triplets born in the Jerusalem hospital to have survived did so because she received intensive state-of-the-art medical care for six months – the same exact level of care that a Jewish baby would have received.
Joseph Cohen, head of the grassroots organisation Israel Advocacy Movement, recently sat down with British writer and comedian Lee Kern, who gave a very interesting take on what motivates the hatred of Israel by much of the hard left.
Though economic problems facing Gaza and the West Bank are different, the editorial’s reflexive dismissal of the US plan and myopic diagnosis of the territories’ challenges have one common – and characteristically Guardian – thread: the failure to hold Palestinians even minimally responsible for their fate.
Earlier today, we tweeted a Guardian contributor, alerting her to an error in an otherwise unproblematic June 25th article about the increasing acceptance of film by ultra-orthodox communities: the false claim that the Israeli community of Yad Binyamin is a “settlement”.
It’s hard to see how we can trust the Financial Times “integrity” and “accuracy” when reporting on Israel and the Palestinians if their Mid-East editor openly sides with one side in the conflict.
Though the Sky News Arabia article is correct in observing that there have been no Arab players on the team, their claim that Beitar hasn’t had a single Muslim player is completely untrue.
A supporter of UK Media Watch complained to Indy editors, noting that their suggestion that the racist behavior of some Israeli fans is symbolic of Zionism is as absurd as claiming that English football hooligans symbolises all of English culture.
The factual error in the piece involved passage which repeated the church’s claim, as if it were an established fact, that the specific land sale was fraudulent in part because the properties were sold for a sum “less than half the market value”. As we pointed out to editors, this allegation was specifically refuted by the court ruling,
Though their new headline (“Sick Palestinian girl suffers lonely end”) is still, in our view, problematic, it is, nonetheless, a significant improvement over the original in that it no longer makes the explicit claim that the child “died alone”, and doesn’t attribute blame to the “Israeli permit regime”.
Once again, the Guardian has done what it does best: deceive readers by whitewashing the extremism and terror ties of pro-Palestinian “activists” in omitting widely available open-source information that definitively contradicts their desired narrative.
The Daily Mail claim within the Palestinian media that Aisha Lulu, a five-year-old from Gaza who recently passed away from a brain tumour, had died alone in a Jerusalem hospital because COGAT refused to grant permission for any of Aisha’s family members to accompany her, was proven to be fake news weeks ago
A terror plot by Hizballah in the UK, uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in the autumn of 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal, was not considered newsworthy by the BBC.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan – a Labour MP and a medical doctor – has criticised Israel’s permit regime for those who accompany sick children out of Gaza for treatment in Israel and the […]
Little is new in Sky News Arabia’s world: the sun shines, the wind blows, and Jewish settlers “storm al-Aqsa Mosque”. Thus, the British-Emirati network’s portrayal of virtually all Israeli and Jewish presence at the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, as illegitimate, has encompassed twenty-two exclusive news items over less than two years.
The BBC has once again legitimised the view that Israel’s supporters in the UK use false charges of antisemitism to silence criticism of Israel.
As pro-Israel LGBT rights activist Scott Piro argued previously on these pages, the real queer foes are those (like the Guardian Jerusalem correspondents) who consistently ignore the horrors committed against LGBTs in the Palestinian territories – and throughout the Middle East – in order to satisfy their readers’ malign obsession with the world’s only Jewish state.
“Here, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn had an unforeseen side-effect – it galvanised and united British Jews, mobilising the community. We have come to understand that there is no point talking about settlements with someone who denies the Holocaust. Nor any reason to entertain discussion over a partial Israeli withdrawal with someone who seeks to destroy Israel. We have learnt that there is no point negotiating anything at all with antisemites and we recognise that often, when they say ‘Zionist’, they actually mean ‘Jew’.”
Contrary to Sky News Arabia’s claim, the actual number of Palestinians UNRWA was mandated in 1949 to provide aid is around 750,000
The news that the Equality and Human Right Commission (EHRC) had opened an investigation into the UK Labour Party in order to determine whether it “has unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised […]
It’s extremely troubling that Sky News Arabia – a network which purports to uphold Western journalistic standards – would evoke classic antisemitic tropes by suggesting that the editorial decisions of a rival Arab media outlet were made at the behest of ‘the Zionists’.
What do Tibetans, Kurds & Uighur Muslims have in common? All are marginalised by media’s Palestine fixation
A recent op-ed by The Independent’s Mid-East correspondent has the air of an expose on the tragic plight of an obscure tribe in some under-covered part of the globe. But, in fact, quite the opposite is true. As we’ve documented continually, the Palestinians are the source a grossly disproportionate coverage by foreign journalists.
We of course are not optimistic that the Guardian will head our advice and begin viewing Palestinian choices as an important factor in analysing the conflict, in part because the ideology they’re institutionally wedded to demands a narrative in which Palestinians exist solely as passive victims of Israel, the only party that matters.
On May 20th the Israel Security Agency announced that it had solved a series of shooting attacks that were carried out in the Ramallah district. As the Times of Israel reported: “Israel […]
Walter Russell Mead Mead points to younger Palestinians he met on a recent visit to the region who, he claims, increasingly reject the failed politics of the older generation, in part because they acknowledge that Israel “is better-governed than the West Bank under the PA—with better administration, less corruption and more responsiveness to public opinion” – and desire a dramatic shift from the stale policies…that have led the Palestinian people to its current plight”.
To say that Israel bombed the headquarters of the Confederation of Disabled People is technically accurate, and highly misleading. It was not the target, it was only one single office in a multi-story building, and the target was (at least) Fatah operatives, and possibly other terror related spaces in the building.
The fact that there’s still a blockade after 12 years is not the result of Israeli malevolence, but the consequences of Hamas’s extremist ideology and their refusal to meet these reasonable conditions – an incredibly intuitive cause and effect that somehow manages to elude putatively intelligent and well-informed journalists.
Providing a voice for: demonisation of Israel and ‘right wing’ Jews; defence of anti-Zionists; gaslighting of Jews who complain of antisemitism; and the legitimisation of even the most indefensible pro-Palestinian claims – all in a days work for Guardian editors.
Though, especially in recent years, Hanan Ashrawi has often expressed support for non-violence, at least during interviews with Western media outlets, her claim that she’s “always” supported only non-violence is clearly not accurate.
When the entire country is labeled “occupied” “Palestine”, these Arabic-language Western media outlets – which purportedly uphold Western journalistic standards of objectivity and accuracy – are legitimizing extremist rhetoric negating Israel’s very existence.
We complained to the Daily Mirror over an article in their print edition that provided an estimated number of Gaza civilians killed during recent violence, but omitted the fact that all four Israelis killed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets were civilians.
Following a complaint by UK Media Watch, the Guardian amended an article which had falsely claimed that the recent violence between Israel and Gaza was triggered by the IDF shooting of Palestinian protesters.
Neither the Guardian nor Indy noted the egregious examples of antisemitism at Saturday’s anti-Israel demo in London, with their articles providing entirely positive accounts of the protests – representative of a pattern of both publications obfuscating antisemitism and support for violence within the pro-Palestinian movement.
Ian Black, the Guardian former Middle East editor, managed to blame Israel for the latest round of violence with Hamas, despite the fact that his own paper reported the sequence of events accurately.
As the sun sets this evening in Jerusalem, the sirens will sound throughout the country and Israelis will stand at attention to honour the nation’s 23,741 fallen soldiers and 3,150 terror victims […]
An April 18th op-ed in the Independent by Ahed Tamimi – the terror-supporting Palestinian teen ‘activist’ from Nabi Saleh who recently spent time in prison for assaulting a soldier – included the false claimed that Israel only implemented one of the 38 recommendations by the NGO UNICEF on the treatment of Palestinian minors.
Daily Mail editors responded to our complaint and amended an article which initially stated that a Gaza baby and her mother were killed by an IDF strike.
At 10:00 this morning, millions of Israelis observed two minutes of solemn reflection as sirens could be heard throughout the state in honour of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day), Israel’s day of commemoration for the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
The word “cleansed” of course suggests that 97% of Palestinians were expelled or in some way forced out by Israeli forces that year – a claim totally at odds with the historical record. As CAMERA, and commentators such as Dr. Petra Marquardt-Bigman, recently demonstrated, the overwhelming majority of Jaffa’s Arab residents fled in 1948 – and were not forcibly removed.
The revised article now asserts only that Jews entered the larger Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa compound, which they are legally permitted to do, as the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site.