Which anti-Israel blogs do Guardian editors read?

Which anti-Israel blogs do the Guardian’s editors read? Whilst the comprehensive answer to that question remains a mystery, we may have been privy to a little insight on that subject this weekend.

On April 24th an article was published on CiF by one Mohammed Talat. All well and good, except that the very same article appeared four days previously on the virulently anti-Israel blog ‘Mondoweiss’. Different title, a few minor editorial changes, but essentially this is exactly the same piece.

Who is Mohammed Talat? According to his CiF bio, he is “an assistant professor of civil engineering at Cairo University and a UC Berkeley alumnus”.  If he is the same Mohammed Talat as this one, (as appears to be the case) then he is also a member of the benign-sounding ‘March 9th Movement for Egyptian University Independence’.  Hamdy Qandil, founder of the March 9th movement, is a supporter of Hamas and Hizbollah and an opponent of normalisation with Israel. Dr. Mohammed Abdul-Ghar, its leader, is also an official of the National Association of Change which advises Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood.

For the fortunate few who have yet to become acquainted with the ‘Mondoweiss’ blog, it describes itself thus:

Mondoweiss is a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective.

It has four principal aims:

  1. To publish important developments touching on Israel/Palestine, the American Jewish community and the shifting debate over US foreign policy in a timely fashion.
  2. To publish a diversity of voices to promote dialogue on these important issues.
  3. To foster the movement for greater fairness and justice for Palestinians in American foreign policy.
  4. To offer alternatives to pro-Zionist ideology as a basis for American Jewish identity.


This blog is maintained by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz. Weiss is 55 and lives in New York state. Horowitz is 37 and lives in New York City.

We maintain this blog because of 9/11, Iraq, Gaza, the Nakba, the struggling people of Israel and Palestine, and our Jewish background.

So ‘progressive’ is the anti-Zionist fringe blog ‘Mondoweiss’ that it promotes BDS and its high priest Omar Barghouti, is a major advocate of the Goldstone Report and has defended Max Blumenthal, who recently threw in his lot with the Iranian government’s ‘Press TV’, and routinely advances anti-Semitic tropes about the injurious effects of Jewish power on American foreign policy.

In fact, it is precisely the sort of far Left anti-Zionist port of call that is a gift that keeps on giving to those who aspire to undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel, particularly if some self-flagellating faux-kosher back-up is required.

 So it would probably have been more surprising to discover that Guardian staff were not reading this blog, but the question that remains is why CiF gave no credit to ‘Mondoweiss’ for this article by Talat. Surely they can’t be worried that their reading habits would make them a laughing-stock among their own audience?   

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  1. Can you blame the Guardian editors for not reading these blogs,some of them are just dumb provocative crap,as long as the content is anti-Israeli,then everything goes.

    I wonder what the Guardian was thinking when they commissioned an article by this Mohammad Talat.It was one of the silliest articles on CiF,and as we know there have been some real doozies,on CiF.

    Blogs that are written by the likes of the Mohammad Talats,it’s a pleasure to tear strips off………………

  2. You mention one Hamdi Kandil. If I am not mistaken he is a Syrian by birth who joined the Abdel Nasser movement and moved to Cairo where he worked for Cairo Radio broadcasting attacks on Israel. Not surprisingly he is still hostile to Israel – under a new flag.

    If these self-styled” liberals and freedom fighters” come to share power with the army- which rules Egypt as it has done since 1952- it cannot bode well.

  3. Mondoweiss is interesting from the point of view of blog wars. Daily Kos, which like all Leftist sites attracts a steady contingent of anti-Zionist posters, is still tempered by image-consciousness (its stated purpose of “Getting Democrats elected,” which is apart from the goals you find on explicitly hard-left sites). On Daily Kos, the pro-Israel group of posters have tried to make linking to Mondoweiss an offense worthy of downrating, akin to linking to Stormfront, and some of them even refer to Mondoweiss regularly as “Mondofront” for that purpose.

    But they haven’t succeeded. Linking to Mondoweiss is all OK with the mods on Daily Kos. In fact, you’d be in far greater trouble linking, say, to FrontPage Mag (a neoconservative site). Even worse, in years of observing the anti-Zionist blogosphere, I have found that many of the fringe ideas featured on Mondoweiss become mainstream and acceptable on Daily Kos after five years or so. For example, advocating the Rwanda Solution, I mean, the “Palestinian Right of Return,” used to be frowned upon on Daily Kos just over five years ago; today it raises no eyebrows.

    Before all those “pragmatists” rush to condemn Zionists on my sort for being such hardliners, let them first reflect on the fact that that is but a reaction to the steady, progressive (no pun intended) deterioration of the anti-Zionists in that department.

  4. @Fatima

    I’ve heard that the San Francisco Chronicle is a rather radical left rag so deletion of dissenting comments should come as no surprise.