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Former editor of Comment is Free reveals her Israel obsession in Guardian podcast


 

Artists rendering of Georgina Henry as a child

In a previous CW post, Confronting the Guardian Ideology, the Guardian’s obsession with Israel was identified in their recent editorial about the crisis in Libya – and similar upheavals throughout the Middle East – in this passage:

“the Libyan leader may still be considered too valuable to lose, as US influence in the region decreases. Nowhere is that truer than in the cockpit of the crisis, Palestine.

While claims that Arab rebellions against their despotic leaders are invariably related to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is evidence of an appalling myopia, and a simply incoherent causality, its important to note that such an obsession seems to run through much of the Guardian hierarchy.

Indeed, it came as little surprise that Georgina Henry, former editor of CiF, during an interview with Jonathan Freedland on a Guardian Podcast, defended CiF from criticism that the site was obsessed with Israel – and subsequent criticism that the current political upheavals in the region prove that this obsession with Israel’s role in the region was misplaced – by saying:

I robustly [still] believe that the fault line running through much of the politics of the region remains that dispute over land in Israel and Palestine.

It is simply inconceivable how anyone observing the political eruptions in the region today –  attempts by citizens in Cairo, Tunis, Tripoli and elsewhere to throw off the yoke of despotism – can still insist on viewing Israel as the common denominator and prime mover of the conflict.

The former CiF Editor again demonstrates just how rigid, and impervious to new information – the Guardian Left truly is.

4 replies »

  1. Nothing new here.

    Rigidity and imperviousness to new thinking are the hallmarks of the authoritarian personality and La Henry is a prime example.

    The same selectivity and bone-rigid inflexibility, and collusion with the Arab street’s (whatever that may be) refusal to take responsibility for the messes it finds itself in obtains, as does the too-ready tendency to resort to the usual “hidden hand” conspiracy theories and cognitive distortion of cause/effect which puts Jews/Israel in the blame seat.

    The only use for anything La Henry opines should be to illustrate such deluded bone-headedness and refusal to deal with reality.

    Perhaps we should have another cartoon which tells us, “When I grow up I want to be able to look at ALL sides of issues and not be anything like Georgina Henry.”

  2. “I robustly [still] believe”

    Robustly?

    i.e. – “in opposition to all logic and reality, I still believe …”

    Since she took over the culture section of the Guardian, the number of articles on arts that deal with with Israel and Jews (specially negatively) has skyrocketed.

    She is pathologically obsessed with Israel and showing every nasty nugget she can dig up.

  3. These people´s adherence to the linkage dogma and their Israel-obsessed stance reveal a deep and desperate emotional commitment to their simplified worldview. The visceral need to defend it against all evidence shows that it has an existencial/psychological role in their lives and any threat to the dogma is taken as a personal threat too.

    In some, they need professional help.

  4. “It is simply inconceivable how anyone observing the political eruptions in the region today – attempts by citizens in Cairo, Tunis, Tripoli and elsewhere to throw off the yoke of despotism – can still insist on viewing Israel as the common denominator and prime mover of the conflict.”

    That’s a tad disingenuous. The West was happy to spare most of these despots from the fate of Saddam Hussein because they towed the US-Europe line on Israel, and kept the oil flowing; they left them alone or even supported them.

    That policy has come crashing down.

    Let’s see how this pans out now, what the new democratic governments (touch wood…) and their foreign policies look like.