Beneath the line of a Guardian report by David Smith, ‘Israel condemns South Africa for relabeling of West Bank products‘, Aug. 23, about South Africa’s decision to label Israeli products from the disputed territories as made in the ‘occupied Palestinian territories‘, there were many comments like this:
However, there were quite a few pro-Israel responses refuting some of the anti-Zionist commentary.
For instance, in response to the comment by ‘jmgreen’ above, there was this by occasional Guardian contributor Geoffrey Alderman at 6:29.
His comment was deleted by CiF moderators:
Alderman then submitted the same comment, at 7:34, omitting only the word ‘Apartheid’.
However, this too was deleted:
Here’s another (cheeky) comment by Alderman defending Israel, at 8:06:
Moreover, as you can clearly see, Alderman’s comments weren’t off-topic or, in any manner, inconsistent with ‘Comment is Free’ community standards.
So, why exactly were they deleted?
- Don’t wear Tutu with blinkers (Geoffrey Alderman at The JC)
- Ben White, Ali Abunimah and ‘Comment is Free’ moderators’ egregious double standards (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian reader comment of the day: On CiF Watchers and their ‘Zionist Directives’ (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian caves in to bullying on Josh Trevino (cifwatch.com)