Guardian’s Chris McGreal suggests IDF ‘killing’ of Corrie no different than Hamas suicide bombing

While Chris McGreal may be the Guardian’s Washington correspondent, he is certainly not a “reporter”.

His shrill, tendentious activist journalism – which arguably makes Harriet Sherwood seem sober, fair and professional in contrast – rarely tries too hard to disguise the desired polemical target.  McGreal is more similar in style to Richard Silverstein than a journalist for a ‘serious’ broadsheet.

His past efforts at objective reporting on Israel have included a retweet from an anti-Zionist blogger accusing Israel of being in the grips of “psychosis”, a Tweet (and accompanying article) clearly suggesting that the Israel lobby exerts a dangerous degree of control over the U.S. Congress and a Guardian report characterizing President George W. Bush’s presumed deference to the Jewish state as slave-like.

McGreal also accused South African Jews of being complicit with the Apartheid regime in Pretoria.

The first two paragraphs of McGreal’s latest anti-Zionist screed (Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset“, August 28th) lays bare the extremist ideological tick consistently on display at the Guardian: imputing a moral equivalence between Islamist terrorists who intentionally murder innocent civilians and the Jewish object of their malign obsession.

In the context of the Israeli court’s rejection of a lawsuit filed by the family of Rachel Corrie, McGreal writes:

“Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas a terrorist organisation? It’s a fair point. How else to describe blowing up families on buses but terrorism?

But the difficulty lies in what then to call the Israeli army when it, too, at particular times and places, has used indiscriminate killing and terror as a means of breaking Palestinian civilians. One of those places was Rafah, in the southern tip of the Gaza strip, where Rachel Corrie was crushed by a military bulldozer nine years ago as she tried to stop the Israeli army going about its routine destruction of Palestinian homes.”

Even if you were to ignore the details of the judge’s decision – as McGreal likely did – which concluded that Corrie’s death was accidental, and rely instead on the most unhinged anti-Zionist accounts, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone other than the McGreal characterize the 2003 incident as an “indiscriminate killing and terror” in a broader IDF strategy meant to break “Palestinian civilians”.

Indeed, such supreme moral inversions – which advance the caricature of a hideously malevolent Jewish state intentionally murdering young innocents – can typically only be found, albeit often in much cruder form, in the  Arabic media, and on the fringes of extreme left commentary; such as in the grotesque depictions of Israel found in the cartoons of Carlos Latuff.

In suggesting a moral equivalence between an IDF anti-terror operation aimed at clearing ground to expose hiding places used by terrorists (along the border where, between 2000 and 2003, thousands of terrorist grenade attacks and hundreds of anti-tank missile attacks had already occurred) and Hamas suicide bombings in crowded public places with the sole intention of murdering Jews, McGreal is parroting the most obscene and intellectually unserious leftist anti-Zionist agitprop.

Of course, “intellectually unserious leftist anti-Zionist agitprop” – once exclusively within the domain of unapologetic antisemites – has become a banality, and something more akin to a political brand identity, at the Guardian.

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  1. Didn’t fancy addressing the instances of people being killed by Israel Offence Force, eh Levick?

    • “Professor”, You’re back? Did they let you out so soon?
      Can someone please get this troll banned here?!
      I believe the preferred interpretation of “IOF”, per EI, is “Israeli Occupation Forces”… Rookie mistake, I suppose.

    • McGreal has based his story on the reports of countless Israeli and international human rights groups and NGOs, which all wrote that the Israeli army destroyed innocent civilians’s homes in the south of the Gaza Strip as a means of “collective punishment”, which is a violation of international law.

      But of course M. Levick would not know. While McGreal is an award-winner journalist who investigates, Levick is only an obscure blogger who did not even manage to get a job in one of Israel’s countless news organizations.

      At least, M. Levick provides entertainment to Guardian staff members, who love having a drink while reading aloud his poorly written prose and laughing all together. Good times.

    • And when Israeli bombs densely populated civilian areas in the Gaza Strip, causing the death of countless innocent little children as it did in 2008-2009, how is it called?

      What does Levick have to say about the 300 innocent CHILDREN killed by Tsahal’s bombing over civilian areas in Gaza during operation “Cast Lead”?

      1,400 Palestinians were killed at the time, half of them CIVILIANS, and 13 Israelis, ten of them soldiers.

      What does Levick has to say about this?

      No amount of PR can hide the truth. This is why the Apartheid regime in South Africa failed eventually.

      • Daniel, are you telling us that it’s ok for the Israeli army to cause the death of three-year or children because their parents may – or may not- have voted for Hamas?

        How do Israeli bombs distinguish between those children whose parents voted for Hamas (50% of voters) and those who parents did not vote for Hamas (50% of voters)?

        PLEASE ANSWER. I dare you to answer.

        • Oh, please! You are PRAYING NO ONE will answer you, because the truth – AS ALWAYS – harms foul-minded idiots like you & the rest of your side.

          You’re the ones saying it’s ok for Hamas to continually shell Israel because they can’t stand the thought of Jews having beaten other Arabs for the land after being attacked, AND that it’s ok for them to use their own children as sandbags & shields.

          Stop lying about what’s going on over there – you are only fooling YOU.

    • McGreal’s piece is not an “essay”, it’s a journalistic story of the highest class.

      Levick’s bloggish’s piece could be called an essay, if there was any kind of intellectual value to it.

      McGreal is a world-class journalist. Levick’s just another blogger.

    • McGreal’s fine piece, which is being circulated via email and social networks throughout all English-speaking countries in the world, reminds us of how great a journalist he is.

      I guess it attracts the jealousy of people who could not make it in journalism.

    • Yes, DO LET’s talk about all the terrorists Israel has killed, and all the dupes & sandbags hey get to hide themselves behind – oh, wait, that’s not what you meant? How stupid of you, because that’s all there is!

  2. Spot on as regards McGreal and also about the vicious Guardian agitprop / anti-Zionist mentality you describe in the final paragraph.

  3. I can’t comment on Corrie’s death as I wasn’t there, but in general, the elite media are altogether too accepting of the narrative of the aggressor that “terrorism is what they do to us, not what we do to them”.

    A militant in Gaza fires a crude rocket into Israel, even if it hits a patch of dirt, it is terrorism (and I agree). But when Israel (with the impressive array of high tech, precision weaponry at its disposal) slaughters children in a densely packed civilian area – this is accidental collateral damage. The T word is off limits.

    • Well there’s refreshing honesty for a change.

      The fact is, o towering intellect, that the firing of the rockets, whatever they are, is an act of war.

      The Pals are very good at living out out one of their oldest proverbs:

      “He strikes me and weeps and then he runs before me weeping and saying that I struck him” – ضربني وبكى وسبقني واشتكى Darabni Wabaka, Saba’ni Wishtaka

      In this case, they fire rockets at civilians and then bleat victimhood when Israel retaliates.

      • Acts of war relate to jus ad bellum. Palestine (including Gaza) is under belligerent occupation, for which the correct legal framework is jus in bello.

        Your argument, of course, ignores the fact that the rockets are in retaliation for the displacement, dispossession and brutalisation of the Palestinian people.

        But when it comes to resisting a racist colonial regime, it begs the question: “What form of resistance is acceptable?”

        We condemn violent resistance. And, it seems, we condemn non-violent resistance, whether in the forms of protests, BDS, political manoeuvrings etc. It seems any form of non-violent resistance is an obstacle to peace according to the GoI.

      • Hi Yohoho,
        As I’ve told a commentator here, yesterday, engaging with Avram is useless.
        You’re dealing with a person, who, just yesterday claimed that “Israel is responsible for the Rocket fire against it”(i.e. Israel is to blame, for rockets hurtling at it(!)), and “is responsible for stopping it”, urging “boots on the ground”.
        Now, you have him spewing “in retaliation for…”(and the usual chants that follow) – effectively justifying these war crimes.
        I suggested quarantining him completely; let him troll elsewhere.
        I hope that someday, the sheer amount of duplicity, paltering, and prevarications of these senseless trolls, will be studied by Psychoanalysts(NPD is a plausible avenue).
        There must some underlying psychological defect, enabling two mutually exclusive states to dwell in one soul.

        • What seems useless is engaging with CIF Watch writers who refuse to acknowledge the existence of international law and of Jewish values.

          No amount of PR can hide the truth – Israel’s shameful occupation of the territory of its neighbour, the way in which it imposes its military rule over innocent civilians and the way in which it grabs their land to give it for free to illegal settlers, all of this in violation of every teaching in Jewish law.

          • “Nat”/”Ben” you’re back too… Can’t say we’ve missed you though.
            Tell your other incarnation “Julia”, to hit the road, yourself included.
            And by the way, “Sela” is not a proper Hebrew given-name.
            What did we say about lying, when you were last muddling the waters here, eh “Nat”? You should’ve apologized then… ;).
            Run along now, and stop trolling. In whichever form.

  4. I was just thinking about the Fogel family today. How most of the pro-Palestinian “peace” camp went out of their way to suggest that those children and babies wouldn’t have been slaughtered in the middle of the night if only their parents weren’t so presumptuous as to live in the “West Bank” while Jewish.

    Funny how Rachel Corrie wasn’t killed because she was a white, American princess, but because she jumped in front of a moving bulldozer. Case in point that not only is there nothing peaceful about the pro-Palestinian camp, but that they come from a completely different planet in terms of understanding the issues.

    And that planet? Uranus. (Yes. I had to get that in.)

    • The Fogel family was living in a settlement built in the middle of the Palestinian territory in contravention of international law. it is logical that the press would mention this fact – even the Israeli press did, and for a very pretty straightforward reason: most Israelis think it’s not safe to live in a settlement, especially since you can raise your children in the safety of Israel.

      • Thanks, Nat! I knew there was a reason for murdering a family who were home sleeping on a Friday night as opposed to “murdering” a sweet, precious, white American girl who ran infront of a moving bulldozer in the middle of a war zone.

        Like I said, folks like you are cretins of crap. I hope you never find peace in the Middle East for surely bigots, assholes, and blood seeking wannabe thugs like you surely deserve it. Moron..

  5. Is it true that when the Groan asked Hamas if they would like to write another op-ed they declined as being associated with such Rabid Israeli-haters would be bad for them?

    • ” There’s an alliance between the left, the Islamists and the Neo Nazis.”

      What I love with comments posted on CIF Watch is the fact that some are so grotesque that they instantly destroy any credibility the website could ever had had.

  6. There is a difference between terrorism and defense of innocents.
    Israel targets terrorists, Israeli civilian deaths are the Palestinians goal.
    Big difference

    Hamas and the PLO derive their legitimacy by killing Israeli secretaries and high schoolers.

  7. McGreal is a gutter journalist of the worst sort. He and the Guardian are responsible for the lies about Israel providing nuclear technology to SA, something that has been repeatedly denied by all involved from both sides.

    If it were true, surely the ANC government would be able to release the evidence?

  8. koufaxmitzvah, great point.
    Dont forget, Chris McGreal seems to be silent when Hamas celebrates the mass murder of Jews and Arabs in Israel who dont live under Hamastan. This shows Chris McGreal for the Islamo fascist he is.
    April 01, 2012
    Hamas celebrates anniversary of Haifa restaurant bombing.

    Hamas newspaper Palestine Times has a featured article celebrating the ten year anniversary of the bombing of the Arab-owned Matza restaurant in Haifa, that killed 16 Israeli civilians. The article includes photos of the bomber as well as of the devastation to the restaurant, whose roof collapsed from the force of the explosion.
    Hamas celebrates 10th anniversary of Netanya Passover massacre
    March 27, 2012

    Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing any Arabs protesting against this attack, or writing anguished op-eds about how a fellow Muslim could have done such a thing. No Arab groups popped up on college campuses calling for solidarity with Jews against terror. There were no UN resolutions condemning the massacre.
    But there was a PA-sponsored soccer tournament in Tulkarem named after the suicide bomber.

    • If McGreal really thought that the “killing” of Rachel Corrie was no different than a Hamas suicide bombing he wouldn’t be writing about it at all. He’d just ignore it.

    • McGreal is a world class journalist. It will always attracts the jealousy of lonies like the CIF Watch people, whose blogging activity only serves to remind them that they failed to be professionnel journalists.

  9. Everyone knows from the days of Jim Crow, that you do not acquit a Black suspect in a southern courtroom. That is NOT white justice. Just as the
    Guardian can never tolerate equality before the law if it should allow for Israel to be found innocent. There can only ever be one verdict to satisfy the smug supremacists who believe they set the highest standards of morality and justice for the rest of humanity. The Jews as a sovereign nation, with the rule of law and the separation of powers, are an offence to the Guardian’s chauvinistic and dogmatic world view, and they will take every opportunity to condemn what they see as the intrinsically inferior morality and behaviour of the Jewish collective.

  10. McGreal is the one member of the anti-Israel Guardian cohort who I sincerely believe to be motivated by sheer malice (vide the Israel/apartheid stuff he wrote about Jews in South Africa).

    Sherwood, poor thing, is a lazy and unoriginal hack who falls back on everything she learned while a member of the SWP.