Guardian’s former Iran correspondent legitimizes bizarre anti-Israel conspiracy theory

H/T Steve

Geneive Abdo is a former Iran correspondent for the Guardian and current contributor to major American newspapers, as well as Al-Jazeera

She is a fellow at the Century Foundation which, according to Commentary Magazine‘s Michael Rubin, has close ties to the White House.

Abdo recently suggested to Australian public radio that Israel had bombed its own diplomats in India in order to have an excuse to blame Iran:

(Journalist) ELEANOR HALL: Iran’s leadership says it’s sheer lies that it’s behind the attacks and that the Israelis have planted the bombs themselves to discredit Iran?

GENEIVE ABDO: Well I think that’s entirely possible. I mean, if you consider what the Israelis did for many years in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, that theory is not so farfetched.

And, as Rubin observed, “What progressive analysis would be complete without obsessing about the dark shadow of a “Jewish lobby?”

ELEANOR HALL: So how dangerous do you think the situation is right now?

GENEIVE ABDO: Well, I think it’s very dangerous. It’s far more dangerous than probably any escalation tension that we’ve seen in 30 years. So, you know, you have the Israelis not willing to live with a nuclear Iran. You have the Iranians going forward with their nuclear program. And you have an American president trying to be re-elected with a Jewish lobby in the United States that’s extremely powerful.

So, we have a “specialist” on Iran, working for an influential progressive think tank, who legitimizes bizarre conspiracy theories and advances tropes about the injurious effects of organized Jewry.  

But that’s not all.

Abdo is a speaker at the upcoming conference, in Washington, DC, of the left-wing Israel lobbying group, J Street  – an event which also features Peter Beinart.

Perhaps one of the biggest conceits of Israel’s critics are their frequent suggestions that there’s something brave about their stance, positing that anti-Israel views are stifled, and that activism can cost you professionally.

As Noah Pollock observed of Peter Beinart’s claims to this effect:

Beinart imputes that critics of Israel within the Jewish community and elsewhere have been rendered mute and ineffective by the power of politically conservative Jews and the Washington lobby they supposedly control. 

The presence of Geneive Abdo, an anti-Israel conspiracy theorist who advances antisemitic canards, at a conference of a well-funded American Jewish lobbying group, would suggest, however, that such politically powerful conservative Jews are doing a horrible job of muting such “alternative” voices. 

11 replies »

  1. You know what hasn’t been discredited yet? My theory that Ms. Abdo is a stark raving mad lunatic who would sooner drink a Jewish baby’s blood than have a capuccino.

    I swear. These so-called journalists with their Jewish Lobby conspiracy theories. Nice to see that the NYT has employed her. The NYT was instrumental in allowing German nationalism to gain steam back in the ’30s.

    Staying KKKlassy is what Israel bashers know best. And that’s all they know.

  2. Then up pops one Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (of SOAS) with a similarly
    risible effort at muddying the waters.

    If the above-the-line crazies keep on coming, CiF will soon enough be indistinguishable from UK Indymedia.

    • You are referring to this article, aren’t you:

      I just noticed that one, too. Not surprised that the Gaurdian tries to exculpate their beloved Iranian Islamofascists accused of involvement in these terror acts. it is in line with the fact that the Guardian normally are either ignoring Iran’s involvement in terror in Israel and other countries and its considerable efforts to develop a viable nuclear weapon, or are portraying such terror and efforts as ‘justified’.

  3. When you have Berchmans getting 1380 recommendations on Noam Chompsky’s thread……..You know that the Guardian has sunk to Berchmans Level…Which is lower that a snakes ass………..

    He got those 1380 recommendations for this brilliant piece of writing.

    “Heres to Noam…scientist,teacher,fighter and a true patriot.”

    BTW those recommendations can very easily be manipulated…………..

    • Benorr, i think these are for my nephew, Noam…

      Even though he’s only 2 I’m sure berchie meant it for him…


  4. These Iranian apologists must be bloody desperate if they are reduced to spouting infantile crap like this.

  5. Where would one deport the Guardian and its entire staff of hate preachers?

    The Orrkneys? The Scilly Isles? The Salt Mines of Cheshire? The Tower of London?

    Surely there must be a principality in the land which could provide assurances that evidence obtained by torture would not be used at their trial?

  6. Indeed these are trying times for the Islamic Regime apologists, agents and spin doctors. Despite the preponderance of evidence of regimes past bombings, assassinations, terror plots, they are hard at work to sweep regime’s criminal history under the rug. They denied that Basij militia aided by Hamas and Hezbollah thugs were raping Iranian demonstrators in June of 2009, till one of their own (Karrubi) had to express a similar concern and expose regime’s barbaric conduct. They never admitted that Ahmadinejad wanted to wipe Israel off the map, till posters of “Israel must be wiped off the map” adorned shop keepers store fronts. But one should not be surprised, IRI spin doctors have infiltrated our institutions for the past 20 years. Such as shame that these low lives are willing to stoop to extreme low’s to defend the criminal regime in Iran.