Guardian

The lies of Tony Kushner (Guardian continues to run interference for the anti-Israel martyr)


If the debate within the mainstream media over Tony Kushner’s honorary degree at CUNY was informed by facts, and even the most rudimentary journalistic research, his ongoing obfuscation regarding his well-documented history of animosity towards the very existence of Israel would have been exposed and the Guardian’s current cause celebre would be shamed accordingly.

While CUNY recently decided to go ahead and award the degree to Kushner, The Guardian has published no less than eight separate pieces on the row, the latest of which, by Amy Goodman, writing in CiF, (Tony Kushner: an angel in America), quotes the playwright as telling her that,

“the full extent of the things that I’ve said about the state of Israel that would in fact make it clear to the board that I am in no way an enemy of the state of Israel, that I am, in fact, a vocal and ardent supporter of the state of Israel.” [emphasis mine]

As I noted in a previous post, Kushner’s current claims are undeniably contradicted by his past statements, none of which, as far as I can tell, he ever retracted – and all of which Amy Goodman, if she any interest in attempting to corroborate his assertions, could have easily obtained.

They include several comments, in writings and in interviews, where Kushner clearly, and without qualification, expressed his view that Israel should never have come into existence and has made it clear that he is “not a Zionist” – suggesting that he doesn’t support the existence of a sovereign Jewish state within any borders.  

He also has leveled quite vicious invectives against the Jewish state and her supporters: accusing Israel of committing acts of “ethnic cleansing”, “savagery” and “barbarism”, and characterizing Jewish Zionists as being among “the most repulsive members of the Jewish community.”

While I’m under no illusions regarding the Guardian’s capacity to report on any story in which Israel or her supporters can be defamed with anything approaching fairness or decency, I would hope that there are still those in the mainstream media who value objectivity and journalistic integrity and will consider holding Kushner accountable for his continuing misrepresentation regarding his quite prolific anti-Zionist record.

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  1. goodman is not a journalist…she is a propagandist for the far left

    and any time that jews and/or israel can be smeared on her program…she jumps

  2. Kushner’s current claims are undeniably contradicted … expressed his view that Israel should never have come into existence and has made it clear that he is “not a Zionist” – suggesting that he doesn’t support the existence of a sovereign Jewish state within any borders.

    Could it not be the case that his definition of “Zionist” is different to yours?

    He has, after all, said that he is a supporter of the state of Israel – even if he is critical of it.

    It’s Goodman and others – not Kushner – you should be focussing on. Kushner has now been awarded his honorary degree. It really is a non-issue – and that last CiF article by Goodman was pretty ridiculous in that context.

  3. pretzleberg,

    i can point out the many anti israel and jew hate quotes that kushner has made…can you point out the positive things he has said?

    his recent attempts to whitewash his history dont count

    the man is a board member of jvp….end of story

  4. “an you point out the positive things he has said?”

    There is no point looking for logic here (notice how Pretzelberg evades your question). Such opinions are based on a worldview that is rooted in bigotry and her ever-present handmaiden, irrationality. There will always be people who will try and defend even the most vicious opponents of the Jewish state and people against the charge of anti-Semitism. There were people who defended Galliano. There are even people today who deny that Eichmann was anti-Semitic. Similarly, there will always be a certain type of person who will defend an evil man like Kushner.

  5. Look at all the childish posters voting down every single post of mine – regardless of the content.
    And then all the agrees for Hoi Polloi’s hateful lunacy.

    What a bunch of losers you are. Pathetic.

  6. “And then all the agrees for Hoi Polloi’s hateful lunacy.”

    The truth is that like all extremists you cannot stand the fact that decent people reject your views. You wish to impose on the world – most particularly the Jewish world – a Sharia of the mind in which all other views apart from your own are strictly verboten.

    Any man who denies that Kushner is evil is himself evil.

  7. Hoi Polloi

    The truth is that like all extremists you …

    Hilarious! Me an “extremist”? Ah – because I challenge your views.

    You wish to impose on the world – most particularly the Jewish world – a Sharia of the mind in which all other views apart from your own are strictly verboten.

    More hilarity! You’re making it up! Oh, and ta for the Nazi reference. How utterly childish.

    Any man who denies that Kushner is evil is himself evil.

    i.e. anyone who challenges your hateful views is evil.

    Genius.