Guardian

Former ‘Comment is Free’ contributor Mya Guarnieri’s new radical gig.


It’s been quite a while since we heard from Mya Guarnieri on the pages of CiF.

Not that I’ve been losing any sleep over that, but the other day I unintentionally stumbled across the apparent reason.

As she stated on her 972 Magazine platform in October Mya has “got a new gig in Jerusalem” and that gig seems to be with the Alternative Information Centre.

The AIC is an Israeli-Palestinian NGO established in 1984. Its Israeli founders were members of the Revolutionary Communist League – previously Matzpen. Its Director, Michael Warschawski, was tried and imprisoned in 1987 due to links with George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

PFLP poster celebrating the group's 44th anniversary

Warschawski accuses Israel of being a ‘colonial settler state’, of practicing ‘ethnic cleansing’ and of inventing and manipulating ‘neo-antisemitism’.  Predictably, he supports BDS. At the Haifa Conference for the Right of Return in 2008, Warschawski stated that:

“..one has to unequivocally reject the very idea (and existence) of a Jewish state, whatever will be its borders.”

 The AIC Director has also collaborated extensively with the UK-based Khomenist Islamic Human Rights Commission, appearing at their conferences   and taking part in their delegation to the 2009 ‘Durban II’ conference. His conclusions regarding that conference can be read here and include the following.

“The UN Durban I Conference, held in South Africa in 2001, was a powerful statement by almost all the nations of the world against racism, and in spite of some marginal anti-Semitic incidents, an extraordinary outcry of international civil society. In fact, Durban was the last international demonstration of the decolonization era that started with the defeat of Nazi Germany and the awakening of the colonized nations.

To those familiar with her work it is perhaps not very surprising that Mya Guarnieri seems to have gravitated towards the more extreme end of the anti-Zionist scale, but the Guardian’s editors should probably be asking themselves how she ever came to be considered an appropriate columnist for ‘the world’s leading liberal voice’. 

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  1. “…. the Guardian’s editors should probably be asking themselves how she ever came to be considered an appropriate columnist for ‘the world’s leading liberal voice’.”

    Aw, c’mon. If they ever did that they’d have to ask themselves the same question about most of their staff. Guarnieri is in good company at the Grauniad, among supporters of Islamist terror and their fellow travellers

  2. grasping at straws, “israeli” nurse. but a nice try. cute, really.

    i’m also flattered that you are keeping such close tabs on me. you must really think that i’m important and/or a visible public figure. otherwise, you would find something better to do with your time.

    best,
    mya

    • Mya

      Interesting that it is the Israeli part of Israelinurse that you put in quotation marks and not the whole name.

      Last time you visited here you were either drunk or high and made quite a spectacle of yourself. What came through was how proud you were that you had managed to learn some Hebrew, convinced that you were the only one contributing to the comments who actually lived here and spoke the language.

      So I see that your Israeli identity is precious to you, though you choose to assert yourself by associating with people who want no Jews in their country and with Jews who are pre-Zionists.

    • YOU evidently think you’re important, so why should it matter to you what others think?

      Actually, I’m quite a fan of yours. Your articles are an excellent teaching aid. You illustrate how much room for improvement there is for ethical journalism in the Guardian/CiF (apologies people for mentioning ethics and journalism in the same sentence as regards the Guardian) and although my students are trainee psychologists they give valuable insight into the possible effects of misrepresentation on attitude change. I doubt that that ever crossed your mind though, little cog that you are in the Guardian’s increasingly creaky wheel.

      I guess CiFWatch is more concerned about the poisonous atmosphere generated by CiF rather than about you, except of course when you add to the smell.

      Israelinurse, good article.

  3. one more thing: you’re seriously going to make assumptions about me and my political leanings because of the past associations or utterances of my co-workers?

    that’s something not even a “junk-food journalist” like myself would do. again, you people are really stooping to new levels, the type you would mock.

    funny, too, that you are still writing about me even though i don’t publish at cif. it’s also interesting that you ignored my recent writing elsewhere. rather than engage in a conversation about the ideas, you prefer baseless, personal attacks that, in this case, don’t hold water.

    • Mya,

      You should be proud to be associated with Warschawski and not dismiss his political history as “the past associations or utterances of my co-workers”.

      The Matzpen was the honour of Israel and Michael carries this torch to this day in my way of thinking.

      When I heard Michael speak about Marek Edelmann addressing the Palestinian ZOB – “the commanders of the Palestinian military, paramilitary and partisan operations, all the soldiers of the Palestinian fighting organisations” – it lit a fire in my heart that has never dimmed for a day.

      I ceased then to believe that Zionism was the legitimate heir to our forefathers, and saw it as their thief, the plunderer of their will and testament.

          • How would the Muslim Brotherhood view an infidel such as yourself? Would the MB restrict what sort of food you could eat, could you have relations with any willing female member of the MB clan and how would her family view their honor in light of your infidel paws, do you hold MB clan members to the same standards of behavior you hold Westerners?

      • “Matzpen was the honour of Israel”? Yes, so honourable that the only Israeli Jew ever to spy for an Arab country -Udi Adiv- came from its ranks.
        But you will have heard about it all from your father, I expect.

        עם ישראל חי

      • It is your prerogative to believe the romantic stories about Matzpen heard at daddy’s knee.
        It is your prerogative to believe that violent terrorists are ‘heroes’.
        It is your prerogative not to be a Zionist.

        It is not your prerogative (or anyone else’s) to work to undermine the lives of 7 million people based on your bizarre beliefs.

        Israel is a fact. You, and the rest of the handful of sad people who cannot not accept that the Israeli democracy rejected Matzpen’s suicidal route, will just have to get used to it.

        • I did not hear any “romantic stories about Matzpen heard at daddy’s knee”, since my father was not a political man.

          You say:

          “It is not your prerogative (or anyone else’s) to work to undermine the lives of 7 million people based on your bizarre beliefs.”

          Which is interesting. You are incapable of seperating the existence of the Israeli-Jewish people from the persistence of Israel as a Zionist state.

          Might I suggest that this, in fact, is a bizarre belief since the lives of the Israeli-Jews are no more predicated on the Zionist state than the lives of the Jordanians are predicated on the Hashemite state, or the Iranians on the Islamic state.

          Repeat until sober: I am not the state and the state is not me.

          • Well, Daniel, the vast majority of Israelis obviously do want to continue having self-determination in their own state, so I guess they would disagree with you. And anyway – it’s not your call.

            Worth remembering too that no-one has suggested that Jordan should not be allowed to exist or that the Iranians have no right to self-rule.

            Israelis, otoh, get to hear every day from their delightful neighbours of one stripe or another that the country they have worked so hard to build should be wiped off the map/was an historic mistake etc ad nauseum.
            And believe me – it’s not just Jewish Israelis who find that offensive.

            • You say

              “the vast majority of Israelis obviously do want to continue having self-determination in their own state”

              And that is true, and I support that.

              But that is not the same thing at all as supporting self-determination in the form of a Zionist state; the self-determination of the Israeli-Jews does not at all have to take the form it currently does.

              Again, just as the self-determination of the Jordanian or Iranian peoples do not have to take the forms they currently do.

              So, you are incapable of distinguishing the people from the state and you are incapable of distinguishing the state from the political movement that founded it.

              Interesting.

              “Worth remembering too that no-one has suggested that Jordan should not be allowed to exist”

              Revisionism?

              • Daniel, please destroy any passport you may have, don’t pay taxes that support the entity you reside in, don’t vote in any elections.

                You are welcome to become a stateless person with all the rights that are part of that condition.

    • one more thing: you’re seriously going to make assumptions about me and my political leanings because of the past associations or utterances of my co-workers?

      that’s something not even a “junk-food journalist” like myself would do. again, you people are really stooping to new levels, the type you would mock.

      Actually Ken Livingstone is unemployed because of his associations with the same kind of people you associate with.

      So I wouldn’t be so flippant if I were you.

      • Good point, JerusalemMite.

        Mya is so taken with the tweetie birds of questionable journalistic success which are circling her head that she probably never thought of that.

        Nor of dissociating herself, in writing, from what they said – you know, as belt and braces protection.

        Mind you, it’s too late now. She scribbles for CiF!

  4. Daniel (Machover?) and Mya

    PFLP is a terrorist organization responsible for the murder of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi, airplane hijackings, and suicide bombings (West Bank village of Karnei Shomrom, February 16, 2002,; 3 Israeli civilians murdered, 25 wounded).

    So, quick question for the two of you “progressive” souls.

    Any affiliation with the PFLP is morally reprehensible. Agree or disagree?

    • Gosh, you mean Daniel is for real? I thought he was one of the regular commenters being funny. His comment is so over the top I thought that it simply has to be irony. Good grief!

    • Adam,

      By opposing yourself to the ghost of Marek Edelmann you place yourself in the company of all those he fought against as a living man.

      I can well imagine it irks you that he addressed himself, whether in valediction or in criticism to the PFLP as a comrade in arms, as one resistance fighter to another, as a veteran addresses soldier.

      It would irk me too, if I were you, to know that I was the on the opposite side of the wall to such a man.

      • That’s what eventually happens to someone who walks too much in the other side’s shoes, and never or nearly never in his own.

        As for your other quote: “I ceased then to believe that Zionism was the legitimate heir to our forefathers, and saw it as their thief, the plunderer of their will and testament.”

        Funny, I came to believe the same about anti-Zionism over the years, regarding it no longer as a legitimate difference of opinion but as the latest head to sprout from the ancient hydra of Jew-hatred.

      • Daniel.

        What’s the matter?

        Won’t anyone else listen to you?

        Have you so little other “work” that you spend time here?

        What precisely have you accomplished, other than making yourself look ….. slightly mad?

      • Why won’t you reply to Adam, Daniel?

        You don’t have an answer?

        Why are you blethering about something else entirely?

        Oh dear, I hope we are not going to be treated to another set of rants in quick succession. Nurse …….

      • Daniel, I’m not really sure what you’re saying, or how I’m supposed to respond. Please clarify. Truly, I’m not being sarcastic. I’ve read your reply to my query several times, and am not clear what your point is, or if you answered my question about the PFLP.

        • Adam, going by his previous posts elsewhere on this blog, I doubt that Daniel is altogether sure of what he is saying either.

        • Adam,

          I did not intend to elicit a response. You will, please, note that I did not phrase any part of that post as a question.

          To expand:

          You imply by your question that “any affiliation with the PFLP is morally reprehensible”; I took this up referring again to Marek Edelmann, continuing a theme from my previous contribution.

          Your attempt to implicate Mya with a Vyshinskyite amalgam of the form ‘Mya is associated with AIC, AIC is associated with Warschawski, Warschaswki is associated with the morally reprehensible PFLP therefore Mya is associated with the PFLP and likewise morally reprehensible’.

          This is false in form, that is self-evident; it is also utterly rotten in content. “Affiliation with the PFLP” – what do you mean by “affiliation”? Membership? Moral support for its aims? Material support to its campaign, what? – is not necessarily morally reprehensible.

          This is an opinion that was shared by Marek Edelmann who, as I have said, addressed himself to the PFLP and “all the commanders of the Palestinian military, paramilitary and partisan operations, all the soldiers of the Palestinian fighting organisations” as a comrade, as a veteran addressing a serving soldier in the same struggle.

          Again, as I have said, you may want to assess how it came to be that you have ended up on the opposite side of the wall to Marek Edelmann – and survey the company you keep, living and dead.

          A veritable rogue’s gallery I’m sure you will agree.

      • Daniel

        A ”resistance fighter” resists the powerful, the instruments of the state. He resists those who wield power, who, in his view, misuse it.

        Someone who wantonly kills innocent, helpless civilians is a conscienceless villain. One who admires him is branding himself as his accomplice.

        So I see you.

  5. The rejects usually end up writing for CiF,poor mya guarnieri is not even good enough to write for CiF anymore…………..

  6. Oh dear, can one imagine that she actually wanted that picture in the paper? If this is how she looks after airbrushing and photoshopping, can you imagine how she looks in real life?

    Proof of the adage that when you are born, your face belongs to God, but at forty your face belongs to you. She is well on the way of having an ugly outside to match her inside.

    • Please don’t stoop so low. Mya’s looks -with which there is nothing wrong by the way- is irrelevant to the subject at hand. The problem with Mya is her biased anti-Israel writing and general hostile attitude to Israel, which makes one wonder why she chooses to live here (the Machovers were at least honest enough to leave the country).
      But there is no need to get so personally offensive about it.

      שבת שלום

      • I saw her picture at the top of this column, her picture from Der Guardian, and that was my reaction. I’ve seen enough Make Overs on TV that transformed unattractive women into attractive women to believe it might work for Mya.