General Antisemitism

Thought experiment: Imagine if the Deputy Editor of the Guardian hosted a forum at a pro-Jihad, pro-Hamas event


H/T Harry’s Place

Suppose there’s a group which is known to be a pro-Hamas propaganda operation. And, suppose the leader of this group is the former deputy secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, a signatory of a pro-Jihad, pro-extremism, pro-terrorism document which called for:

Jihad and resistance against the occupation until the liberation of all Palestine”.

Suppose, further, that the leader of this group has such a prolific record of promoting hate and extremism that the co-director of a counter-extremism think tank said that “the man is a fanatic.”

Wouldn’t progressives be shocked and appalled to learn that the Deputy Editor of the Guardian – the world’s leading liberal voice – hosted such an event?

Close your eyes for a second.

Now open them:

The Guardian's Michael White on left

Here’s The Guardian’s Deputy Editor, Michael White, hosting an event (with Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP) by MEMODaud Abdullah‘s organization. Abdullah, deputy secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), attended a conference of Islamic extremists in Istanbul an assembly for jihad. Delegates at the February conference included representatives of Hamas and theological and political supporters of some of the worst forms of Sunni extremism.

Abdullah’s deputy at MEMO is Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of Interpal, another British charity that serves Hamas.

On MEMO’s pages you will find work such as the vile accusation of dual loyalty against the Jewish British ambassador to Israel, support for blood libel charges, and multiple essays by Abdel Bari Atwan, the journalist who has said he would “dance in Trafalgar Square” if Israel were annihilated by Iran in a nuclear strike.

Of course, White is no stranger to extreme anti-Israel bias.  During a discussion on BBC Radio London’s Breakfast Show, concerning the physical vulnerability of political leaders, he said:

“In Israel they murder each other a great deal. The Israeli Defense Forces murder people because they don’t like their political style and what they’ve got to say and it only means that people more extreme come in and take their place.”

Regarding the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (allegedly by Israel), a senior Hamas military commander and one of the founders of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades – who was prolific in smuggling deadly weapons into Gaza – White said this:

“I’m not ‘one of those’ liberals who relentlessly denigrates Israel, but murdering Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a crime.”

White then added:

“The trouble is with killing [such terrorists], you never know when you’ve just killed Nelson Mandela. Apartheid South Africa was wise in that respect.”

(Right, you just “never know” when leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah are going to lay down their arms, cozy up, and reconcile with Jewish citizens of the “Zionist entity,” and join the Arab equivalent of Peace Now.)

Still, White’s attendance at – indeed, endorsement of – an event by an openly Jihadist organization makes such comments seem mild by comparison.

So, to sum up:  White is “not one of those liberals who relentlessly denigrates Israel”, but sees nothing inappropriate about legitimizing Jihadists who openly seek that state’s annihilation and routinely engage in explicit classic anti-Semitism.

As Harry’s Place noted:

“If the Guardian and Kaufman are not aware of [MEMO’s] record, they are incompetent. If instead they are [aware], their decision to attend a MEMO event is nauseating”

That deafening silence you’re currently hearing is the outrage expressed by the progressive community to the Guardian’s tacit support for such a reactionary, and extremist, movement.

8 replies »

  1. Alex,

    First, I’d highly recommend that you don’t rely on aljazeera for your news.

    Second, as you’ll see in my post below, Islamic extremists are, by far, the group most responsible for terrorism in the world today. (This isn’t meant to indict all Muslims. But, you’re not seriously making the claim that Jews and Christians are the main perpetrators of terrorism in our age, are you?) Please open the link I provide which contains irrefutable empirical data to back up my claim.

    http://cifwatch.com/2010/09/20/the-reality-of-violent-religious-extremism-in-our-time/#more-12595

    http://www.nctc.gov/witsbanner/docs/2009_report_on_terrorism.pdf

  2. Poor Gerald Kaufmann!

    Not enough to be a totally gormless snobbish idiot:

    I’ve been lead to believe that Hamas are going to be ruffians, illiterate…but if you were to meet the democratically elected Hamas leader…[they] were ‘elegant, beautifully dressed, beautifully spoken’

    Not enough that he suffers from OCD and his sickness causes him to steal from the public coffers.

    Not enough that the Jews exploit the memory of his Holocaust victim grandmother

    My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza. The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians.”

    After all of the above now he has been verbally abused in the synagogue on Yom Kippur. Naturally he behaved as a real hero thinking that “”The Nazis didn’t scare the Jews from the synagogue, so the Jews certainly can’t scare me,”. But sicher was sicher he asked for police protection too.

    Among the numerous Theobald Jews Sir Kaufmann has a serious potential to win the first price of being the most disgusting and despicable person. He serves his two masters – Hamas and the barfbag manufacturers – extremely well.

    But I must acknowledge he looks very sexy getting a new tablecloth from Haniyeh personally. You can enjoy his inane beatific smile here

  3. Adam Levick
    I am not saying any of that and i don’t appose the use of drones in the war against terror. I just thinking how ridiculous and unfair the double standard on Israel is. When Israel killed a terrorist EU you for weeks you couldn’t read a headline not about the extra judicialy killing and how horrible it was of Israel to use EU passports.
    In this case the extra judicialy killing is of EU citizens and nobody bother to mention the fact they were extra judicialy killed.

  4. Alex – the only response so far that I have seen is a sense of unease developing in Washington that Pakistan is slipping out of control and these drone attacks are stoking anti-American sentiment.

    But, as you imply, no outrage now or in the past.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/04/AR2010100405979.html

    Can the Obama administration avoid a split with Pakistan?

    There’s this one tying the strike to the presumed attack pending in Europe:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/05/AR2010100500278.html

    Germany not ID’ing 5 militants killed in Pakistan

  5. This Abdel Bari Atwan is calling for tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs to be annihilated in an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel. Recall that
    Ramallah is only several miles north of Jerusalem. If Jerusalem were attacked, Ramallah could not be spared. If Tel Aviv were attacked, the Arabs in Yafo [Jaffa] would be hit as well as Arab villages within a 50 kilometer radius of Tel Aviv, including areas over the Green Line, the 1949 armistice line. How come Arab spokesmen and the supposed friends of the Arabs are so cavalier about their lives that they would welcome an Iranian attack on Israel that could not but kill many thousands or hundreds of thousands of Arabs??