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The Guardian, Raed Salah and Yom HaShoah.


A whole nation is at this moment remembering the slaughter of two-thirds of its members’ population in Europe.

That genocide was fuelled and enabled by the spreading of a racist supremacist ideology which sought to rid its subscribers’ country from ‘contamination’ by Jews.

That ideology was propagated in the minds of another nation by the spreading of false tales about Jewish evil-doing and coordinated scheming and by the dehumanisation of Jews to such a degree that even if they did not directly take part, millions stood by and watched as one of the most shocking events in human history took place.

Barely had the strains of the memorial siren which was sounded this morning all over Israel as a mark of respect for the six million victims of racist hatred faded away, when the Guardian chose to publish an article on its ‘Comment is Free’ website penned by Raed Salah – a man who holds beliefs and ideologies virtually indistinguishable from those which caused the events that siren commemorates.

The editors of the Guardian have fought in Raed Salah’s corner ever since the affair began. 

Now, once again, their immature “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” stance has caused them to tarnish the battered reputation of a once respected newspaper (and prove themselves to be eminently lacking in taste) by publishing Salah’s bizarre claims of being the victim of a “smear campaign” by “Israel’s cheerleaders in Britain” and that his anti-Semitic ‘poem’ “had been doctored” in order to frame him.

Those editors also permit Salah to launch a tirade of lies and distortions on everything from marriage laws, municipal and government budgets and equal pay laws to the well-worn subject on Guardian pages of Al Arakib and deliberate misrepresentation of the Balfour Declaration.

More gravely still, they allow Salah an unfettered platform from which to make the ridiculous – and dangerous – claims that official Israeli policy includes transfer and ethnic cleansing and that Israel is destroying the al Aqsa mosque.

There can be little doubt that some at the Guardian actually subscribe to at least parts of the genre of lies propagated by Raed Salah. There can be even less doubt that those who do not must be so intimidated by the prevailing organisational culture that they cannot curb the publication of such a blatantly outrageous article by a religious supremacist and separatist who subscribes to Hamas ideologies and aspirations alarmingly similar to the one the victims of which are being commemorated today.

Raed Salah has made a career out of extremism and incitement. That is who he is and what he does. However uncomfortable it may be, it is necessary to admit that – as his planned speaking tour proves – there is an audience for that kind of extremism in the United Kingdom as well as the Middle East.

But extremists do not get very far without the middle-men who re-package and re-brand their ideas and move them into the mainstream.

There are too many of these middle-men in Britain today.

Some of them sit in the House of Lords and in Parliament whilst others hold office in churches or so-called human rights organisations and charities.

Still more are members of Trade Unions, the academia or the media.

These people take the lies and dehumanisation of extremists such as Raed Salah and wrap them in a veneer made possible by their own standing which allows pernicious ideas to be spread to a general public which would otherwise not come into contact with them.

This is not to suggest that the editors of the Guardian and others are plotting a new genocide against the Jews. Indeed they would doubtless be horrified by the very suggestion. But what they are doing by uncritically publishing and promoting the lies and libels of extremists such as Salah and various Hamas functionaries and supporters is shifting hate-speech against Jews and Israelis alike into the realm of mainstream opinion.

As we should all (Guardian editors included) know by now and as we are reminded today, Yom HaShoah, such hate-speech does not exist in a vacuum.  

“The power of the media to create and destroy fundamental human values comes with great responsibility. Those who control the media are accountable for its consequences.”

23 replies »

  1. I see the anti-semite Berchmans is up to his usual tricks. Trolling CIF apologising for anti-semites and anti-semitism. Now i know he has had mental health problems and appreciate he was sacked as a social worker, as well as being an alcoholic. But the following shows how despicable he is. He’s sick.

    “Yes it does. I have reached the stage where I dont not believe a word when
    someone is described as an anti Semite. I instantly suspect the motives of the complainant. With this stance I will indeed miss a few real anti semites.. but given that I have never heard a single anti semitic staement since I was a schoolchild* I reckon my stance is justified.

    B

    * PS We used to use the word Jewish to mean tight with money. Can you imagine a Scot calling others tight ? The joys of youth.”

    • Berchie knows what he is at least. He taunted someone with it

      Berchmans
      19 April 2012 3:25PM
      Response to Hillbilless,19 April 2012 3:17PM

      I seem to have a Guardian angel if you pardon thepun. People who step into the ring with me seem to get their water spiked! 🙂

      Take care.

      B

      • I wonder if Berchmans knows the story of Icarus? Seems to me that if he continues to boast about his status chez CiF, his poor wings will be burned.

        Seriously, what a sad act!

    • That ‘PS We used to use the word Jewish to mean tight with money. Can you imagine a Scot calling others tight ? The joys of youth.” reminded me of one of the few times that I came across anti Semitism when I was a kid. A school friend told me the following joke knowing that I was Jewish and meaning to be funny. not hostile.

      How can you tell that Jews live in a house.

      Answer. because they hange the toilet paper out to dry. Except in Scotland where everyone hangs the toilet paper out to dry.

      It was funny then and funny now.

  2. Some people on the Salah thread might have been genuinely unaware of history of the blood libel accusation.

    But there were a good few posters e.g. BeautifulBurnout simply desperate to insist that the absence of the word “Jews” meant that the reference to European childrens’ blood and holy bread was vague/meaningless/innocuous.

    “what you have just done, by inserting the word “Jewish” into something he is alleged to have said, has led to why it is that nobody trusts anything pro-Israeli activists say any more without checking it out first.”

    “Nobody” trusts anything pro-Israeli activists say any more without checking it out first?

    And BeautifulBurnout bears the “Contributor” badge on CiF?

    • “Nobody” trusts anything pro-Israeli activists say any more without checking it out first?

      Actually, I suspect that fewer and fewer readers are trusting the Guardian version on literally anything that they write which impinges in any way on politics. Not just on Israel and Jews.

  3. An enormous amount of time was wasted on CIF today with the nonsensical defence of the ‘blood libel accusation. The lack of the word “Jewish” in the sentence was taken to utterly vindicate Salah. The usual credulous idiots could see no harm in the statement.

    Of course a couple of the saner ones did ask the most important question. If Salah wasn’t talking about the Jews and the Blood Libel, then what the hell was he talking about? Answer came there none.

    Of course the scene had been set in the third comment by the superbly neutral Ben White, who said

    “Well you can be sure that the cheerleaders for Israel’s apartheid won’t comment here on the actual systematic discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel. That’s because it’s a bit awkward, the whole ‘Jewish and democratic’ contradiction thing.”

    It went downhill from there

    • You have only to look at some of the Islamist-supporting and therefore anti-Israel pages to get an idea of the foetid swamp of “ideas” from which these libels grow and become specious and execrable “facts” on CiF

      I expect little else from Ben White who is affected by the same contagion.

      I heard a nincompoop being interviewed by the Beeb who supported the latest shame to the UK, Abu Qatada, which would be a real education to anyone still stupid enough to believe that Islam does not hate Jews.

      • To be fair, this was a bit much, even for some at the Guardian. Young Miss Rushbridger picked up on it.

        “IsabellaMackie
        19 April 2012 11:06AM
        BenWhite
        Well you can be sure that the cheerleaders for Israel’s apartheid won’t comment here on the actual systematic discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel. That’s because it’s a bit awkward, the whole ‘Jewish and democratic’ contradiction thing.

        Do you mean the whole ‘Israel and democratic contradiction thing?’ Surely you don’t mean to say a whole religious group is not democratic?”

        Oh but he did Miss Rushbridger.

  4. Oh BTW

    Barely had the strains of the memorial siren which was sounded this morning all over Israel as a mark of respect for the six million victims of racist hatred faded away, when the Guardian chose to publish an article on its ‘Comment is Free’ website penned by Raed Salah – a man who holds beliefs and ideologies virtually indistinguishable from those which caused the events that siren commemorates.

    The Guardian did address this point.

    A contributor said

    “So thoughtful of the Guardian to publish an article by this man on Holocaust Day.

    Would the Cif editor care to tell us whether this was deliberate or not? (Hint: Do not hold breath while waiting for response).”

    Comment Editor Becky Gardiner came BTL

    “it was not deliberate. I am of course aware of the Holocaust memorial day held on January 27, but was not aware of Israel’s Holocaust day being today. No offence was intended.”

    Of course not, but as she also said

    I don’t think the Guardian is uniformly hostile to Israel,

    Of course not

  5. pretz

    BeautifulBurnout’s comment was shameless because she she knows better. But her game is to play to the crowd because, essentially, she is not a serious person and therefore does not deserve a response.

    Berchmans, in my opinion, is actually a ‘persona’ of one of the Guardian staff so never worth responding to either.

    But it was the Guardian’s Becky Gardiner who performed the most sinuous limbo dance today.

    • I wish he were someone’s alter ego, (and God knows he has an ego,) but he is real sadly.

      As a long time Ciffer under a few names I know he is Canadian by birth, lived in Scotland for many years, worked as a social worker, became a postman and is now retired. He plays guitar and has recently moved to Cornwall. He has said it is about 30 mins from Portreath, so that doesn’t rule much of Cornwall out to be honest.

      He is also unashamedly and unapolagetically anti-semitic, although he denies it when challenged.

      Challenging him is never wise. As he admits, it leads to a mesage, either

      “Your comments are being premoderated,”
      or
      “Comment privileges for this account have been disabled.”

      Its the unwritten house rule, don’t contradict Berchmans

      • I wonder what Berchmans has on the Guardian? I mean, I know that it long ago parted company with critical thinking and has lost any vestige of insight, but to hold close to it someone so utterly bereft of decency must mean that it either hasn’t any choice (orders from above, and so on) or Berchmans has threatened Rustbucket with heaven knows what if he’s ever permanently disposed of.

        Perhaps he’s Rustbucket’s mad old uncle – you know, rather like the mad woman in the attic – for whom Rustbucket feels an odd sort of responsibility?

        We may never know but it’s fun to speculate, isn’t it???

        Do you know his real name, Tony… I do ….

        Ho hum….

        • No, I don’t know his name, nor do I want to.

          As an expat Cornishman, it saddens me to think he is polluting my ancestral homeland.

          The temptation to argue with him face to face would be overwhelming.

          So don’t tell me.

  6. You have to understand Berchmans,the poor miserable imbecile has his brains somewhere up his butt cheeks………………………..

    Just keep pressing on the report button and complain,till they ban him…..

  7. A loathsome,self-righteous,arrogant,racist,nasty,nit picking,dull,news paper that has gone to dogs,run by cheerless midgets……….

  8. I strongly suspect that the facetious Andrew Brown is Berchmans. He has form – he used to post as celegans on the previous Guardian talkboard, Guardian Unlimited Talk. All that stuff about Canada/Scotland/postmen/socialworkers is meant to take the piss.