Guardian

What the Guardian won’t report: Palestine will be Jew-free


The Jerusalem Post reports that the Palestinian ambassador to the US said that the Palestinian Liberation Organization opposes the immediate presence of Jews and gays in an independent Palestinian state.

But if you’re a Guardian reader you’d never know this. Instead you’re treated to more stories beating the drums of war in support of Palestinian statehood. Here’s a snapshot of the Israel hate page on the Guardian at the time of writing:

 

Now try a little thought experiment and imagine what the Israel hate page would look like on the Guardian if an Israeli official were to say that Israel should be free of Arabs or Muslims.

Meanwhile over at the Guardian’s sister publication in Israel, Ha’aretz, Elder of Ziyon reports that Ha’aretz amended its headline on this story to make the PLO sound less antisemitic.

The initial headline was “PLO Official: Palestinian state to be free of Jews” which was later changed to “PLO official: Palestinians, Israelis must be totally separated”.

As Elder noted:

Ha’aretz is so heavily invested in the false meme that the Palestinian Arab leadership wants to have peace with Israel that they couldn’t stomach that original, accurate headline that showed that their idea of “peace” is the ethnic cleansing of all Jews from “Palestine.”

A Ha’aretz editor decided to tone it down, so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of Ha’aretz readers who have come to expect a certain kind of news that conforms to a pre-existing viewpoint.

So what’s worse – not reporting the story at all a la Guardian or misreporting the story a la Ha’aretz? 
 

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  1. Big clanger.

    They are trying to wriggle out of it.
    Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash said that the Palestinian state is to welcome members of all faiths. He asserted that any media attempts to manipulate anti-Jewish statements are politically motivated.

    Earlier, PLO Ambassador to the US Maen Areikat said that a future Palestinian state should be free of Jews.

    In this complex battle between factions the PLO is top-dog and the Palestinian state, whether ruled by Hamas or Fatah, will always be subservient to it. Notice that it’s the PLO Ambassador who rejected Jews & gays and the PA (Fatah) minister who attempted to ascribe the reaction to political motivation. As for Hamas’s take on the issue, the only Jew in Gaza is the hostage held incommunicado, Gilad Shalit.

  2. IMO, misreporting is worse. After reading a distorted story, people may erroneously feel that they’re informed.

  3. Of course that needs pointing out – but please do refrain from the “Israel hate page” nonsense.

    First there was the article about public support in Europe for a Palestinian state – why is that classed as being part of a “Israel hate page”?

    And here we have “United States in last-ditch effort to set up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks”. What’s your problem with that?

    • First there was the article about public support in Europe for a Palestinian state – why is that classed as being part of a “Israel hate page”?

      Because there is no public support of a Palestinian state in Europe only if you limit the idea of public to the chattering classes – the haters of Israel like the so called journalists of the Guardian.

      And here we have “United States in last-ditch effort to set up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks”. What’s your problem with that

      If you ask this then you show your total ignorance and incomprehension of US foreign policy.

      • “Because there is no public support of a Palestinian state in Europe only if you limit the idea of public to the chattering classes”

        I disagree. I think there is most definitely a huge amount of public support (no surprise that it is at its greatest in France and Germany). Of course, this isn’t because the European masses love Palestinians or even care about them. It is seen as a way of causing trouble for Israel and possibly with a little bit of luck even destroying her. Part of this hatred for the Jewish state is down to anti-Semitism and that age-old blood lust. The rest is revenge for the Holocaust for the gentiles of Europe will never forgive the Jews for all that guilt that has been cast there way as a result of that genocide.

        Britain’s greatest Jew, Melanie Phillips, offers her thoughts on the matter:

        Is the British government about to vote for a Palestinian state?

        http://melaniephillips.com/is-the-british-government-about-to-vote-for-a-palestinian-state

        All this cuts both ways. Our grandparents and great-grandparents loved Britain. Today, especially amongst young Jews, you are far more likely to find alienation and undisguised disgust and hatred, at least in private. Once again, the inestimable Ms. Phillips on this:

        “Government ministers might be concerned to know quite how often I am now accosted by strangers in public places.

        These strangers are usually, although not always, Jews. They accost me on the Tube, at the theatre, in the supermarket, in restaurants and in the street.

        They all say the same thing: keep on saying it about Israel, keep on telling it as it is, don’t ever give up.

        What is happening to us? they murmur. It’s unbelievable, astonishing, terrifying. The bias, the hatred, the lies. Where is it all going to end? And an increasing number say there’s no longer any future for us Jews in Britain.

        Almost every few days brings fresh examples of the Israel Derangement Syndrome that so disturbs and frightens them. Last week, anti-Israel hooligans disrupted a Promenade concert where the Israel Philharmonic was playing, causing the BBC to abort its live broadcast.

        Last month, a St Andrews University student was convicted of racially abusing a Jewish postgraduate student over his support of Israel. And week in, week out, Israelis are blamed for defending themselves against mass murder.

        By now, it must be obvious to all but the most supine or hostile to Israel within the UK Jewish community that what is happening is an evil uniquely targeted at the Jewish people. For the demonisation of Israel is of a nature and type extended to no other country.

        While atrocities by tyrannies and rogue states provoke almost total indifference, Israel is treated as in a class apart: apparently the very worst country in the entire world, a kind of global blight which has to be expunged altogether from civilised society if not from the face of the earth.

        Sound familiar? Oh, sorry, I forgot. Part of the madness is that we are totally forbidden to identify what this actually is — a prejudice directed solely at the Jewish people, who in this latest manifestation are uniquely demonised as usurpers in their own historic homeland.”

        http://melaniephillips.com/the-british-government-and-israel-derangement-syndrome

  4. I’d like to see neteuri karta set up shop in a “palestine”.

    Lets see how open minded a “palestine” will be to self-described “authentic jews” and their necessary support system of synagogues, kosher food shops, celebration of Jewish holidays.

    I’d also like to see “queers for palestine” open up a LGBT center in a “palestine”. Lets see how open minded a “palestine” would be to “queers”.

    http://zombietime.com/sf_rally_september_24_2005/queers_for_palestine/

  5. From the link to the Guardian above, note below how the Guardian tries to already accuse Israel as the party to break the Oslo Agreements in this little quote from Sherwood and MacGreal:

    “Israeli ministers have threatened retaliatory measures should the Palestinian bid succeed. They include tearing up the Oslo accords, under which the Palestinian Authority was given control of parts of the West Bank and Gaza, annexing the West Bank settlements and withholding tax revenues that Israel collects on behalf of the PA. The US Congress is also threatening to cut off financial aid to the Palestinians”

    What those wretched journalists don’t report is that under Article XXXl (7) of the 1995 Interim Agreement, that the present Palestinian’s efforts in the UN is a blatant contravention of what they had signed – which reads:

    “7. Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of the permanent status negotiations. ”

    And to make matters worse, that if the EU were to back the resolution, it too, as a signatory to those accords, also breaches the terms. If it does so, it can never act as an honest broker in future in any negotiatons. The potential perfidy of this forthcoming situation at the UN is breathtaking.

    • Yasser Arafat lied through his teeth throughout the Oslo negotiations. I have read a personality profile of him at the time which says that he could rarely speak a sentence without telling lies. It is said that he almost drove the negotiators to the end of their tether.

      Prof Moshe Sharon writes of Arafat’s Johannesburg speech after Oslo:

      “..A few weeks after the Oslo agreement was signed, Arafat went to Johannesburg, and in a mosque there he made a speech in which he apologized, saying, “Do you think I signed something with the Jews which is contrary to the rules of Islam?” (I have obtained a copy of Arafat’s recorded speech so I heard it from his own mouth.) Arafat continued, “That’s not so. I’m doing exactly what the prophet Mohammed did.”

      “Whatever the prophet is supposed have done becomes a precedent. What Arafat was saying was, ‘Remember the story of Hodaybiya.’ The prophet had made an agreement there with the tribe of Kuraish for 10 years. But then he trained 10,000 soldiers and within two years marched on their city of Mecca. He, of course, found some kind of pretext.

      “Thus, in Islamic jurisdiction, it became a legal precedent which states that you are only allowed to make peace for a maximum of 10 years.

      “Secondly, at the first instance that you are able, you must renew the jihad [thus breaking the “peace” agreement].

      “In Israel, it has taken over 50 years in this country for our people to understand that they cannot speak about [permanent] peace with Moslems. It will take another 50 years for the western world to understand that they have got a state of war with the Islamic civilization that is virile and strong. This should be understood: When we talk about war and peace, we are not talking in Belgium, French, English, or German terms. We are talking about war and peace in Islamic terms…”

      Israel seems, at last, to be cottoning on to the fact that in order to keep any sort of peace treaty it has to be stronger than its Arab/Muslim adversary.

      For myself, I believe that the only way to bring a lasting peace to Israel and its neighbours is to sever them from Islam, which is why I shan’t hold my breath.

  6. Western newspapers have noticed the flight of Palestinian gays to Israel.

    So, the “democratic, secular” Palestine will be Jew-free and gay-free.

    Why would the world want yet another violent, Islamist, corrupt, authritarian, illiberal third-world country?

  7. I wonder whether this mope is trying to sound sensible. I wouldn’t want to be governed by any Palestinian Authority with its past record of supporting terror and bystanding while Christians have been attacked.

    On the other hand I am rather concerned as to what he means by separated “at first.” Does he envisage … er …. “mingling” later, and under what circumstances? Going by past Palestinian behaviour does he mean until the new Palestinian state is ready to attack its neighbour?

    There’d also need to be a vast new raft of legislation, wouldn’t there, among other things to repeal the laws which sentence to death those who sell land to Jews, and to give equal rights to Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims as well as to gays, or indeed to end the death penalty for homosexuality.

    Well, I did say that the mope was trying to sound sensible. He might say he was being diplomatic, which is code speak for the fact that any new Palestinian state would be precisely as Common Sense describes, although Common Sense missed out “apartheid” in his/her description.

  8. No Israeli in his right mind would want to live among the palestinians,except perhaps for some Haaretz journalists……

  9. It’s a toss up as to which is worse in their hatred towards Israel Haaretz or the Guardian,my money is on Haaretz,it stinks both Above and below the line……

  10. July 2010 & Sep. 2011 – Two dates in official ‘Arab apartheid Palestine’ – ethno-religious cleansing – Nazi judenrein policy

    * July 2010, “Palestinian” PM Mahmlud Abbas declars the region should be ‘Jew free’ [http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3929819,00.html]

    * Sep. 2011, ‘Palestinian’ [PLO] ambassador to the US Maen Areikat declares that a Palestine “State,” should be ‘Jew free.’

    [http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/judenrein-palestine_593537.html]
    [http://www.israeltoday.co.il/News/tabid/178/nid/22948/language/en-US/Default.aspx]
    [http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/147927]

    Why, they are all about “fighting the occupation” of-course.

    And these are the same hypocritical-propagandists who would brand self-defensive anti-terror operations with a falsified “apartheid slur”, mind you. All the while multi-racial democratic Israel treats its 20% Arab citizens [eventhough, most Arabs in the area, the so-called “Palestinians” are not really natives… their parents or grandparents immigrated from: Egypt, Syria, etc.] with preferential treatment / affirmative action.

  11. Melanie Phillips sums it up in
    one phrase: “demonisation of a nature and a type extended to no other country.”

    Far beyond fair criticism of inevitable mistakes. At times, so blatantly
    biased that one has to wonder, `How do these people not sense their own
    lack of intellectual scruples? How are they able to repeat variations of the
    despicable bashing and baiting of Jews without understanding how transparent are their tactics?’ and so on.
    I would invoke the likes of psychologist Abraham Maslow, but of course….