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Guardian Live Blog on Middle East riots legitimizes Arab op-ed advancing conspiracy theory


The Guardian’s September 13th Live Blog on the current violence in Middle East – edited by  and Tom McCarthy – included this post at approximately 14:20 BST:

First, note that Guardian editors included a commentary implicitly advancing the original (now discredited) claim that the film incited the violence, when in fact evidence increasingly suggests that Islamist terrorists had planned the attack days or weeks ago.  

Shukrallah further suggests the film was part of a concerted effort to ignite a “clash of civilizations”, meant to “goad” Muslims into violent behavior which will darken the image of the Arab Spring.

But it gets worse. If you go to the full essayat Ahram Online, by Shukrallah (the managing editor of Ahram) you’ll find that the author acknowledges that he’s advancing a conspiracy theory, writing that he “strongly sense[s] conspiracy in the whole sordid “film maligning the Prophet” fracas…”.

He later adds this:

“Netanyahu’s Israel, of course, is the greatest beneficiary of all this.”

Yes, of course.  “Who benefits?”, the siren song for conspiracy theorists everywhere.

And, finally, the Mossad makes an appearance.

“Whether the film is a Mossad operation or not is beside the point, and such a claim cannot be made on the basis of conjecture, but tangible, solid information.” [emphasis added]

Later, Shukrallah writes:

“As for the image of Arabs and Muslims as fanatical, violent and irrational, that – it almost goes without saying – is a fundamental premise of Israel’s continuing enslavement and dispossession of the Palestinian people.”

While Shukrallah’s conspiracy theory suggesting the involvement of American Christians, Zionists, Israelis (and possibly the Mossad) is mild in comparison to the scare mongering about Jews and Israel typically found in the Middle East media, the Guardian’s decision to feature this commentary (in a blog largely consisting of straight news updates) is curious to say the least.

Anti-Zionist conspiracy theories, fed by the Arab world’s obsession with Israel, are indicative of an absence of reason and represent the sine qua non of continued despotism and underdevelopment. 

Those who sincerely wish to see the Arab Spring succeed must confront their socially crippling political vice.

33 replies »

  1. People often joke about how “Joos” are always blamed for everything wrong with the world, thinking that nobody believes in this stupid and outdated slur. But I hadn’t reckoned on the Guardian. This particular Islamist organ keeps the flames of hate fanning.

  2. A pattern is emerging in the Guardian and other western press where whenever a Muslim commits a crime (eg terrorist act) the paper goes to great lengths to conceal their religion but we simply don’t see this if a non-Muslim commits the same act.

    This is a case in point where, based on the most dubious evidence the Guardian is quick to cast the film (if it exists at all) as being made by a Jew and funded by Jews. We saw the same in the recent shooting of Jews and police in France where the media were happy to claim the murderer was a neo-Nazi but when it turned out to be a Muslim his religion was concealed. The same pattern in the Breivik case where he was immediately labeled a Christian in a way the media never labels terrorists Muslims, even though he was anti-Christian.

    • I have to say that when I first saw the film I was appalled by its rank amateurishness and am very relieved that Jews were not involved in its production.

      And yes, the Guardian hastens to identify a perpetrator as Jewish or Christian if that is the case but bends over backwards to obfuscate identify in the case of Muslims/Arabs/Asians until there is no choice.

  3. Yes Terry, Muslims kill non-Muslims again and it’s all Jews fault according to the guardian.

    Muslims apparently can never be held accountable or expected to believe in a peaceful civilized manner.

  4. “As for the image of Arabs and Muslims as fanatical, violent and irrational, that – it almost goes without saying – is a fundamental premise of Israel’s continuing enslavement and dispossession of the Palestinian people.”

    No, it is simply a fundamental premise. And the truth of it has been demonstrated with monotonous regularity in recent years.

  5. The other pattern that annoys me as seen this week in Australia (where a Muslim was arrested on terrorism charges) and the USA and I’ve read in the UK press too (eg after 7/7) is when the media portrays Muslims as the real victims saying something like “Muslims are bracing for a backlash” which of course never happens because Westerners aren’t savages.

  6. who benefits? the real makers of the vid. the muslim brotherhood and the al quiada

    who used it as a cover for 9/11 and will continue using it as a ruse

    • Which leads me to believe, especially when no one quite knows who is behind this stupid and badly made film, that it could very well be some naughty Muslims wanting to stir up an excuse for a good old hate fest that are behind this.

      • We know exactly who it behind it. The Media For Christ, with Joseph Nasralla (leading Islamophobe) who is backed by the Geller-Spencer hate machine (who were inspirational figures for Breivik).

  7. I was recently banned from the “unexplained-mysteries” middle-east forum because I defended Israel and pointed out the truth about Jihadi terrorism.

    One common theme was I was accused of trying to make Muslims look bad.

    It’s as if the Muslims commiting the terror aren’t the ones making their religion look bad it’s those reporting about them.

    • Steve, you were actually banned of a forum that it managed neither by far right wing militants, nor by settlers?

      Unbelievable!

  8. Shukrallah: “Netanyahu’s Israel, of course, is the greatest beneficiary of all this.”

    A pathetically predictable claim.

      • My feeling is that this is simply one more nail in any chance of Muslims trying to bring all people in the world into submission to Allah. I have sympathy for those Muslims who truly appreciate the liberal values of the ‘Western’ societies that they live in and can only suggest that they separate very clearly from those Muslims who seek ‘Submission to Allah’ from all humans. ‘Separate’ can be described as leaving a mosque where abomination is celebrated and attempts are made to justify ‘freedom fighting’.

  9. Hmm, well I think we can rule out Mossad. 🙂

    It seems that the Media for Christ organisation behind the film is backed by none other than the Geller-Spencer hate machine – people so far outside the extreme outer periphery of the loony right that even the ADL denounces them.

    And it seems that the sole basis for the “discrediting” of the attack in Libya being a reaction to the film is “some expert in Washington says”. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. But swallowing the official narrative hook line and sinker is not something a critical person should entertain.

    • Avram: “Hmm, well I think we can rule out Mossad. :)”

      You sure about that?
      Look out, they’re behind you…

      I take it you are a “critical” person, cause you don’t seem to swallow the offical narrative of your comrads.

      • It’s why I don’t fit in with the pro-Palestinian crowd. Or with the “herd of independent minds” in general.

        And the Mossad aren’t behind me. They are diagonally opposite. He thinks his Italian accent fools me – well it doesn’t.

  10. As for the Bibi claims – yes, the attacks are good for Israel. But then any attacks by extremist Muslim minorities on the US are good for Israel. Don’t forget that Netanyahu is the vicious little individual who stated that the 9/11 attacks were “good for Israel”.

    “Who benefits”, as the author pointed out, doesn’t imply a connection.

    • Adam, don´t you think we had enough of this revolting piece?
      Now that it is clear that no Jew was behind the film he tries to implicate Jews the other way round.
      I don`t think CiFwatch should shelter anti-Semitic cons that long.

      • Adam, you wrote:
        “But it gets worse. If you go to the full essay, at Ahram Online, by Shukrallah (the managing editor of Ahram) you’ll find that the author acknowledges that he’s advancing a conspiracy theory, writing that he “strongly sense[s] conspiracy in the whole sordid “film maligning the Prophet” fracas…”.
        He later adds this:
        “Netanyahu’s Israel, of course, is the greatest beneficiary of all this.”

        Avram wrote:
        “As for the Bibi claims – yes, the attacks are good for Israel. But then any attacks by extremist Muslim minorities on the US are good for Israel. Don’t forget that Netanyahu is the vicious little individual who stated that the 9/11 attacks were “good for Israel”.

        “Who benefits”, as the author pointed out, doesn’t imply a connection.

        Why letting this con advancing conspiracy theories?

    • No geller, no Spencer and no cigar for you Avram. As usual you are trying with some lieas but this is not lucky day. The film was financed by the family of the producer.

      Authorities told ABC News that Nakoula told them he and his son, Abanob Basseley, 21, were responsible for producing the movie which, he reportedly said, cost between $50,000 and $60,000 and was shot in a little over 12 days.
      Authorities say he claimed the money for the movie came from his wife’s family in Egypt.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/anti-islam-film-producer-wrote-script-prison-authorities/story?id=17230609#.UFLiD6T9NQ0

      But naturally facts never would influence antisemitic haters like you.

      • I didn’t claim the film was financed by the Geller-Spencer hate machine. I said Nasralla and his organisation were backed by the Geller-Spencer hate machine. Which it is.

        If you’re going to disagree with me, at least disagree with what I wrote.

        • Normally when one states people are behind something it goes all the way to the top.

          Now I know why you wash Iran’s hands 24/7, of all the terror acts it commits.

        • Ah so Avram, Nasrallah is not financed by your pet Ahmanidejad but Spencer and Geller…
          Did you forget your pills today?

          • I realised now that you thought on an other Nasrallah. And he must be an islamophobe because doesn’t like your pet Jew hating mobs…