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The letter the Guardian never published


This is a cross post from Jonathan Hoffman’s blog

Sir

You published a letter (4th June) concerning the ZF’s successful, peaceful rally on Wednesday night in support of Israel (which despite being arranged at very short notice was attended by over 700 people).

The 20 signatories say that supporters of the English Defence League were at the event.

Many of the signatories are regular defamers of Israel and here they attempt the crude tactic of “smear by association”. However as always from these usual suspects, the mud fails to stick. Before the event the ZF alerted its supporters by email and on Facebook to the possibility that EDL supporters might be present, disassociated itself from the EDL and said that they would be allocated their own area.

The ZF is proud to operate in a country with a tradition of free speech. A public rally is precisely that – public – and no organisation can vet the affiliations of the attendees. If the signatories would rather live in a country where the State controls who can demonstrate on the streets, they are free to do so, but should be aware that such jurisdictions also deny rights to Jews, gays and women – to name but a few.

Sincerely
Andrew Balcombe
(Chairman, Zionist Federation, UK and Ireland)

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  1. It is evil of The Guardian not to publish this letter. They are accomplice to the smear.

  2. The Guardian would be apologising and publishing an awful lot of correction letters if it was policy to publicise their fibs, erm, I mean “mistakes”.

    Live long and prosper.

  3. All part of The Guardians ‘mis-representations and omissions’.

    The way to their hearts is through their advertisers and subscribers.

    To the subscribers I say – Be careful of what you read in the Guardian. For the editorial management, you are putty to be molded into the Guardian World View.

  4. zkharya

    “It is evil of The Guardian not to publish this letter. ”

    Steady there Witchfinder General..

    “Many of the signatories are regular defamers of Israel ”

    This is unacceptable ..no wonder the Guardian didnt print it…this is an attempt to tar with extremism by anonymous and vague allegation.

    ” as always from these usual suspects, ”

    This language.. from the Chairman of the Zionist Federation, may well satisfy those who think criticism of Israel is odd ..or strange ..but the Guardian maybe thought it was a much younger, much less balanced person pretending to be Balcombe.

  5. ‘This is unacceptable ..no wonder the Guardian didnt print it…this is an attempt to tar with extremism by anonymous and vague allegation’

    So it’s acceptable to smear ZF as allies of the EDL, but unacceptable to say the smearers are smearing?

  6. It is evil of The Guardian to all the smear to stick without allowing the ZF response, because the allegation of a smaller minority of Anglo-Jews associating with white racists against a larger minority of Anglo-Muslims is very dangerous for those Jews.

    TG is stirring up Anglo-Jewish-Muslim conflict, in which Jews, as the smaller group by far, is bound to come off worse.

    That is evil. Not witchcraft. Evil

  7. Personally I welcome the EDL’s support of Israel.

    The Guardian has been desperately trying to smear the EDL as a far-right organization, which it is not. The EDL is a multi-ethnic grass-roots movement which is anti-racist and anti-Nazi. Its aim is to fight Islamic extremism in the UK.

    Unlike the Guardianistas and the liberal establishment, the EDL have recognized that Israel’s and Britain have a common enemy.

  8. ‘The EDL is a multi-ethnic grass-roots movement which is anti-racist and anti-Nazi. Its aim is to fight Islamic extremism in the UK.’

    If ‘Lionheart’ is anything to go by, EDL are a bunch of ignorant, racist (against Muslims; and normal and normative Irish, Welsh and Scots: that ‘history lesson’ I got was bigoted, ignorant ‘English’ rubbish) idiots.

  9. Andy Gill, if you’re Jewish, you’re a menace to British Jews. If I ever encounter you, I’ll batter you.

  10. Andy Gill is truly the enemy within Anglo-Jews, as is any fool stupid enough to follow. Even Ariadne was flirting with it.

    Do that, and you’re committing suicide.

  11. Wasn’t that the letter alleging that ZF people “stood alongside” EDL chumps?

    It sounded like a ridiculous distortion to me. The G. should’ve printed the reply above.

    Andy Gill

    The Guardian has been desperately trying to smear the EDL as a far-right organization, which it is not. The EDL is a multi-ethnic grass-roots movement which is anti-racist and anti-Nazi.

    You must be bloody joking.

    See the shot at 0:52.

    And as for this “march” last year:

    Multi-ethnic and anti-racist???

  12. zkharya

    I wouldn’t say flirting. I don’t know what to make of Lionheart. His blog seems to be all videos now and I don’t watch them.

    I read about him on Stormfront in his pre-EDL days and they were all puzzled by his support for Israel.

    I don’t know whether the “EDL and Jewish” man was genuine. A reply might have been enlightening.

  13. ‘I don’t know what to make of Lionheart.’

    The picture of a robotic, insectoid, pregnant Muslim woman with ‘bomb’ on her belly tells you all you need to know.

    Mixing with that is suicide.

  14. The reason that these cranks in the EDL make a pretense of supporting Israel is to prove their anti-Muslim credentials, it also means that they don’t have to fight on two fronts.

    That their natural opponents, immigrants, Jews, etc are potentially divided by this transparent tactic.

    That’s all it is, a pretense, a tactic, to throw their opponents off guard.

    And it seems to have worked with some people, it is a pity that they don’t study neo-Nazism with the aid of the internet.

    Then they’d asked themselves, “are the EDL telling the truth?”, to which the answer is “Obviously, no, they are lying neofascist scum.”

    I mean it’s not like neofascists to lie, is it??**

    ** that’s sarcasm

  15. modernity

    I didn’t get into whatever Lionheart is about to any degree. Honest! It was before his EDL days and his support for Israel was eye-catching.

    It seems a very difficult thing for the English to be nationalists. I wasn’t too sure about “EDL and Jewish” and I’m still not.

  16. I seem to remember that Lionheart had got religion. The “born-again” type, I think.

  17. pretzelberg

    “See the shot at 0:52”

    They seem to be Scottish, they can’t spell “Britain” and I don’t know who Kelso and Carroll are.

    But: since The Guardian thinks they are so bad it should certainly have published the letter.

    I might have become infected from reading a little of what the EDL says about itself but is it possible that The Guardian is receiving Saudi Arabian funding?

  18. Is your computer on a diet that it avoids so many words and capital letters and correct spellings smtex?

  19. ‘It’s ugly but it’s what Arafat said.’

    Then report what he said. Don’t portray it in that dehumanising way.