A good barometer of the degree to which Guardian readers’ hatred for Israel is, characteristic of most bigotries, immutable, and not tied to specific Israeli policies nor tied to the behavior of particular Israeli politicians is the reaction to the CiF commentary by the Israeli leader perhaps most associated with the desire for peace and reconciliation, President Shimon Peres.
In a commentary titled “We in Israel welcome the Arab spring“, Peres’s plea that the Arab world turn their back on decades of tyranny and turn instead to a more tolerant, liberal, and democratic culture, was met with a staggering amount hostility and hatred by Guardian readers.
The military use of white phosphorous, as a smoke screen, is legal and has been used by NATO forces during recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet the word is part of the arsenal of anti-Israel agitprop with the implicit suggestion that Israel’s use of the weapon was illegal. Note how causally the commenter employs the term to impute malice – as if its use in Israel’s war against Hamas during Cast Lead was the reason why there’s a “psychological divide” between Israelis and Palestinians. (361 Recommends)
The ideological arsenal of the anti-Israel Guardian Left often includes the absurd argument that Israel’s economic prowess is merely the result of U.S. Aid, ignoring that the aid is a tiny percentage of Israel’s overall budget (Egypt receives far more aid as a percentage of GNP) and that all such military aid Israel receives from the U.S. must be used to purchase weaponry from U.S. defense contractors – an amount that actually represents a tiny fraction of Israel’s overall budget. (261 Recommends)
Israel has been guilty of not compromising (presumably with the Arab world) since its very founding. (189 Recommends)
Israel’s very founding was a “land grab”. (283 Recommends)
Israel murders Palestinian children (242 Recommends)
Israel is an illegitimate “colonial outpost”. (208 Recommends)
Female IDF soldiers point there automatic weapons in the fact of Palestinian children just for fun. (323 Recommends)
Israeli is an oppressive, apartheid state, and agent of the U.S. (277 Recommends)
Israel “ethnically cleans” Arabs. Israel should no longer exist. (119 Recommends)
Israel’s economic success is merely driven by weapons of destruction.
Israel is an apartheid state.
Israel should return to “1947” borders, and allow “right of return” (euphemism for the end of Israel).
Israel is a state based on ethnic cleansing, and is not a democracy. (47 Recommends)
Israel has no right to exist, and is merely an apartheid Kafkaesque regime. (68 Recommends)
Israel has no moral right to exist. (66 Recommends)
Suicide bombing against citizens of the oppressive Israeli state is justified.
Israel is not a democracy and has no right to exist. (29 Recommends)
Israel has bombed orphanages. (54 Recommends)
Israel has attempted to bomb Palestinians back to the “stone age”. Settler are fascists. (34 Recommends)
Shimon Peres has committed “crimes against humanity”. Israel moral legitimacy is tainted by the blood of Arab children. (30 Recommends)
Israel is an apartheid, racist state, which ethnically cleansed Palestinians. (45 Recommends)
Israel kills innocent Palestinian children. (36 Recommends)
Israelis (including Peres) are fascists. (20 Recommends)
Israel’s creation was an act of terrorism and ethnic cleansing. (51 Recommends)
Quotes Illan Pappe in claiming that Israel ethnically cleansed 250,000 Palestinians while the British were still there, before the the 1948 war. (71 Recommends)
Israel is doomed for destruction due to their colonial project. (36 Recommends)