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Parsing the Guardian’s Harriet Sherwood


A guest post by AKUS

Harriet Sherwood upholds the Guardian’s tradition of airbrushing history and facts in her two latest efforts. Let’s start with her blog, “The View from Jerusalem”:

Israel to get first museum of Arab art and culture

Not quite, Harriet. You need to get out and about Jerusalem more. What about the Islamic Museum in Jerusalem, which has been there for decades?

http://www.islamicart.co.il/en/

Of course, it was donated by a Jewish woman to foster inter-community harmony, so I suppose that means it doesn’t really count even though when we visited the staff was almost entirely Arabs:

Visitors to Jerusalem’s L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art are privileged to view one of the foremost collections of Islamic art and Antique Watches & Clocks. The L.A. Mayer Museum was founded by the late Mrs. Vera Bryce Salomons, realizing her long-standing idea of giving expression to the impressive artistic achievements of Israel’s Muslim neighbors. Mrs. Salomons dedicated the Museum to her friend and teacher, Prof. Leo Arie Mayer. Many scholars of international renown took part in the establishment of the Museum, attracted to both its research activities and to the challenge of bridging the gap between the two cultures. The Museum was opened to the public in 1974.

Harriet says the new (yet to be built) museum will be in: “Umm al-Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city just north of the West Bank.” No, Harriet – Umm al-Fahm is an Israeli Arab village (at least she did not refer to it as a “Palestinian village” – she will get a few black marks from home office about that) just south of Afula in Wadi Ara or east of Haifa or Megiddo. London, for example, is not generally described as a British city north of France, nor Dallas as an American city north of Mexico.

Harriet, never one to hide her ability to airbrush the fact and skillfully avoid giving all the facts, also gave us the latest batch of nonsense about the eviction of Arab squatters in Jerusalem:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/10/jerusalem-palestinians-eviction-jewish-settlers

“The Hamdallah family have lived in the home in Ras al-Amud since 1952. The extension, in which Ahmed, Amani and Yazan Hamdallah now live, was built in the mid-1980s.”

Hmmm … and who lived there before 1952 I wonder…???  Oh… here’s a clue …

“The Hamdallah family came to Ras al-Amud after fleeing their village near Ramle in the 1948 war”.

Well, I’m sorry they lost their house in a war their leaders started to destroy the new State of Israel.  Perhaps they should not have. How strange and fortunate, however, that they just happened to find an empty house in Jerusalem after the Jordanians forced all the Jews out. But equally, how unfortunate that  King Hussein, who illegally occupied the land on which the house stands, attacked Israel in 1967 and a few days later the Hamdallah’s found themselves once again on the wrong side of history.

Clearly, Harriet seems to think they have “squatters’ rights” despite the fact that the house belongs to someone else:

“However, the land on which the home is built was bought in 1990 by Irving Moskowitz, a Florida businessman, from its pre-1948 Jewish owners. Moskowitz has spent millions of dollars purchasing property in East Jerusalem to create pockets of hardline Jewish settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods.”

Ah … those mysterious “pre-1948 owners”…  I wonder who they were and how they lost their property and why they have no “right of return” in Arab eyes…?? And those “hardline Jews” who seem to hold the utterly ludicrous belief that if they pay Moskovitz rent or purchase the property from him they should be allowed to live there!! What an odd lot these “hardline Jews” are!!

Clearly Harriet believes that merely paying for the property gives Moskovitz no rights to it since Jews should be willing to pay for property but not actually be allowed to use it. She may have redeemed herself for her slip regarding the location of the not-so first Arab museum in Israel.

Parsing Harriet – so ridiculously easy for anyone with some knowledge of Israel and its history.

21 replies »

  1. How many Jewish museums they plan to open in, say, Ramallah or Riyadh or Beirut or Tripoli or Damascus? Harriet Sherwood should try to shed more light on this topic.

  2. Harriet I hope that they need to give you a really generous salary for you to write such deliberately distorted material. Or are you just too limited to know how to verify facts properly?

  3. the guardian is a fracking joke. honestly. this is just pure garbage.

    anyone who believes this is how israel works is simply retarded.

  4. Whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine whine etc.

    *Awaits 5 star rating*

  5. Joe, two more whines and you might even qualify for a job on the Guardian. Now isn’t that exciting?

  6. Halfway through this article, I thought – ‘this must have been written by AKUS’ !

    Why ? first of all –
    “Harriet says the new (yet to be built) museum will be in: “Umm al-Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city just north of the West Bank.” No, Harriet – Umm al-Fahm is an Israeli Arab village… ”

    but a quick check of Wikipedia shows:
    “In 1985, Umm al-Fahm was given official city status”

    and have you looked at a map – Umm-al_Fahm sits right on the Green Line, so no inaccuracy there, but AKUS has to find something negative in everything …..

    Next: ““The Hamdallah family came to Ras al-Amud after fleeing their village near Ramle in the 1948 war”.” Why is this wrong, AKUS? It fits the Israeli version that the Palestinians ran away and not the Palestinian version that they were forcibly thrown out. So what’s wrong ????

    At this point I stopped reading …

  7. Didn’t the British rule that 95%+ of the pre-mandate land belonged personally to the Ottoman Emir? You can even make the argument that the brits couldn’t legally sell that land.

  8. “Whine whine whine”

    A typical comment about Jews from the same kind of people who suggest that the Holocaust was exaggerated or never occurred. Well, Joe, perhaps we do whine just a little bit. If you were Jewish and had children and they had to breathe your air and smell your smells, wouldn’t you also whine from time to time?

  9. Off topic perhaps.

    My strong, unanswerable counterpoint to one-stater Jacqueline Rose’s nakhba article in this morning’s Guardian Review: F*** Off!

  10. I think what we love about you, MTC, is the your nitpicking ability tosee the trees and avoid the forest.

    OK – Um El Fahm is a city, if you wish, though the weirdest and perhaps smallest city I have ever been in, and it does lie alongside the green line. My mistake – I think of it as a village, albeit the largest Arab village in Israel.

    The point is that it is not “north of the WB” – it is in a country called Israel and the occupants have made it clear that they want no part of being part of a future Palestinian state in the event of land swaps.

    As I pointed out, London is not described as “north of France”, and I very much doubt that the Guardian has EVER described Ramallah as being “south (or east) of Israel”. I think they prefer to place it in an imaginary country called “Palestine”.

    Digging into my memory bank, I remember a visit to the french town (city, if you like) of Strasbourg while I was nearby in Germany, which is described in a wiki article thusly:

    Strasbourg …is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in northeastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin department.

    See – “in France …close to the border with Germany” not “east of Germany”.

    Um El Fahm is in Israel, alongside the Green Line that demarcates the West bank. Not “north of the West Bank”.

    See the difference and the way Sherwood shades the location of Um El Fahm to make it disappear from the map of Israel? Or is that too difficult for you to grasp?

  11. AKUS –

    Sorry , it is you who are nitpicking. If you get down to the level of “pilpul” with others then you should at least make sure that your own writing is free of such mistakes. But you want to be your usual sloppy self AND criticize others for doing the same.

  12. MTC – it is more than time that you realized that the Guardian is not engaging in pilpul but a determined effort to redefine Israel by creating a mythical place with no relation to reality – by, for example, planting the idea that Um El Fahm is not really in Israel, but “North of the WB” and Arab culture has never been recognized in Israel by claiming that this future museum would be the first one in Israel to celebrate Arab culture.

  13. We have only to look at the latest foot in mouth admissions by the Assistant Editor of the Guardian, Michael White (see http://cifwatch.com/2011/03/10/guardian-assistant-editor-michael-whites-revealing-admission-about-his-papers-coverage-of-israel/) and elsewhere on CiF, about Israel being a soft target and the Guardian telling its readership what it wants to hear rather than reporting honestly about what is going on. Within that context it is explicable that Sherwood should lose contact with honest reporting, although no less reprehensible.

    Distortion of facts, where there aren’t outright lies, is common currency in the Guardian.

    White actually seems proud of that!

    MindtheCrap, try writing anonymously below the line here, or under another name. I’d bet we could recognise your posts by their tone, too!

  14. AKUS –

    You are an embarrassment. Anyone reading your article would conclude that the only fault one can find with the Guardian is an obscure but accurate reference to the location of a “village”. You are a major contributor to any loss of credibility of CiFWatch and I have written to Adam Levick with my complaint.

    I suggest that you instead devote your time parsing Hoi Polloi’s bigoted and hate-filled comments, although your silence regarding them says a lot.

  15. MTC – I hope that my embarrassing articles keep you and the hundreds of others for whom CW has lost credibility coming back for more as they do every day.

    Now, how about a comment from you about the “first museum of Arab art and culture”?

    Just another minor slip-up among many by Harriet?

  16. MTC

    you don’t get it do you? It’s the Guardian’s choice to publish anti-israeli propaganda (the stream it produces of one-sided poorly researched stories full of distorted facts and half truths that paint israel in a bad light). It is the role of cifwatch to expose this garbage.

    If you really believe that the ‘mistakes’ in Harriets reportage and those in AKUS post are comparable you are missing the point completely.

    A fine post AKUS

    A fine post AKUS.

  17. That terrorist scum took out last night an entire Jewish family. They knifed all including three kids. This is genocide.

    Rusbridger, Brian Whitaker, Ian Black, Milne along with Harriet Sherwood must be very really proud now of their work.

    If anyone thinks that Jewish blood is cheap these days, then they’re sorely mistaken.

    I loathe the Guardian even more nowadays.

  18. profil97,

    “If anyone thinks that Jewish blood is cheap these days, then they’re sorely mistaken.”

    Unfortunately they’re not yet sorely mistaken, as you can see from the way the Left-dominated media demonizes Israel and Zionism with impunity. For them to become mistaken, there need to be punitive measures by the government of Israel carried out against any media outlet that engages in anti-Zionism or criticism of Israel based on anti-Zionism.

  19. ziontruth,

    “Unfortunately they’re not yet sorely mistaken, as you can see from the way the Left-dominated media demonizes Israel and Zionism with impunity”

    For starters, Israeli government officials should publicly shun the Guardian from now on and sever all working relations with Harriet Sherwood and her staff.

    To expel any Guardian “correspondent” from the country would be somewhat counterproductive. After all, Israeli isn’t some third world hellhole that routinely muzzles and expels foreign correspondents.

    As for that terrorist scum, every proud Jews knows what must be done. In other words, there is no need now to engage in pointless bombast. Suffice to say that those animals, who brutally murdered three children along with their parents, forfeited their right to walk upright.

    That’s all.