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More “Mote-and-Beamery” at the Guardian


The Guardian shows itself at its hyperbolic worst when it warns (or, threatens) that the Israeli Knesset’s treatment of Haneen Zoabi, a Knesset Member who joined the Gaza flotilla, “could ignite a third intifada.”

To remind the reader, Zoabi is the Israeli MK who voluntarily joined the Gaza “aid” flotilla, thus choosing to associate herself with IHH – a group with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation, and one which supports Hamas and, at least in the past, even global jihad elements.

It is safe to say that many other nations would have charged Zoabi with treason for openly aiding and abetting their enemies.  However, as a citizen of the democratic Israeli state, Zoabi kept her seat in the Knesset and was merely stripped of three parliamentary privileges– a fact that didn’t stop The Guardian from framing the issue as “symptomatic of a broader campaign to undermine [the Arab] community.”

The Guardian uncritically quotes Zoabi: “We accepted a democratic, liberal state, we voted for the Knesset. But …we are the litmus test of the whole problem. If Israel does not recognise this, conditions will deteriorate towards a third intifada.”

Yet, in the next sentence, we are told that Zoabi rejects any suggestion that Israel’s Arab citizens supported violence and that she opposes the suggestion by jailed Hamas leader Mohammed Arman, in a book smuggled out of his Israeli jail, that the role of Palestinian citizens of Israel would be to “harass the occupiers, disrupt their daily routine and undermine their confidence”.

Also, in a classic example of The Guardian’mote-and-beamerythe article uncritically repeats Zoabi’s charge that Israel’s democratic legislature, where she (to this day) reserves the right to participate in votes on every serious issue facing the nation, is itself “anti-democratic.” Naturally, the Guardian carefully ignores the inherent contradiction of Zoabi’s stance – her criticism of Israel’s democracy in the context of the inherently totalitarian and theocratic (not to mention, misogynistic) orientation of the Islamist groups which she tacitly endorsed by her involvement with the flotilla.

Guardian readers are coolly, and quite nonchalantly, informed of Zoabi’s accusation – or, it would seem, “professional diagnosis” – that Israel suffers from “collective psychosis” and that the Israeli “regime….trades on fear and paranoia.”

Of course, characterizing a citizen who openly identifies and cooperates with the enemies of her own state into a victim of discrimination – and hyperbolically repeating irresponsible and dangerous threats of an impending violent uprising would seem pretty consistent with an institution which trades “on fear and paranoia.”

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  1. could ignite a third intifada

    It sounds as if the Guardian is anxious to ignite a conflict in the Mideat, for reasons of its enjoyment or its profit.

    What are we to think of a publication which seeks to instigate violence for enjoyment or profit?

    It would then have blood on its hands (if it does not already).

  2. It is safe to say that many other nations would have charged Zoabi with treason for openly aiding and abetting their enemies.

    Is there any evidence that Zoabi has been “openly aiding and abetting” Hamas?

    The Guardian shows itself at its hyperbolic worst when it warns (or, threatens) that the Israeli Knesset’s treatment of Haneen Zoabi, a Knesset Member who joined the Gaza flotilla, “could ignite a third intifada.”

    But it has done no such thing, has it?!

    The report was quoting Zoabi.

  3. If you are in any doubt of how far Ms Zoabi is from expressing the sentiments of her fellow Israeli Arabs there are the words of Khaled Abu Toameh, the Arab Israeli journalist
    … the majority of the Israeli-Arabs are just ordinary people who are happy to live inside Israel—we don’t want to leave Israel under any circumstances, we don’t even want to move to Palestine in the future. We may want to see a Palestinian state over there, but I want to stay inside Israel.

  4. The traitor Zoabi was the other day complaining about Israeli “war crimes” on Israeli state TV (channel 33). I had to see her disgusting face there. So much for Israel not being a democracy. We even give the enemies of the State, a slot on state TV to spew their hatred.

  5. ‘Is there any evidence that Zoabi has been “openly aiding and abetting” Hamas?’

    Surely trying to breach the blockade without allowing Israel any right to deny Hamas arms or arms’ manufacturing is tantamount to political aiding and abetting?

    The would be blockade busters could have publicly qualified their stance at the outset, by allowing that Israel has a right to stop Hamas acquiring arms or incontestable weapons’ making materials.

    I am not sure any of them have.

    If you do not make that view quite clear before trying to bust the blockade, you are, in my view, trying to shore up Hamas politically, and to break any kind of blockade, to allow Hamas to import whatever it wants.