General Antisemitism

Guardian columnist acknowledges Muslim Brotherhood’s antisemitism


Among the themes often addressed at the blog is the Guardian’s consistent failure to report on the pervasive antisemitism within the Arab and Muslim Middle East – what we’ve characterized as their antisemitic sins of omission.

This ideological proclivity to ignore explicit manifestations of Jew hatred in the region, we’ve argued many times, egregiously skews their coverage of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, as well as the regional political upheavals over the last few years.

So eager are many to view reactionary Islamist movements through a progressive lens that even Yousuf al-Qaradawi – one of the intellectual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood – has been characterized as something akin to a moderate by Guardian contributors, despite his record which includes calling on Allah to murder every Jew on earth and literally endorsing the Holocaust.

 

 

Indeed, the Guardian’s coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt last year ignored the group’s long and welldocumented antisemitic record (consistent with the paper’s tendency to obfuscate other groups’ extreme Judeophobia), all of which makes Giles Fraser’s recent ‘CiF’ column on the Brotherhood quite unique.

Though Fraser still advanced some characteristic moral apologetics for the group, he did nonetheless include the following:

And, of course, I have no love in my heart for Islamist terrorism, nor the hateful antisemitism that is often present within the Muslim Brotherhood

Whilst this one painfully obvious acknowledgement wouldn’t ordinarily be notable, given that it represents such a rare expression of moral sobriety regarding the problem of Islamist antisemitism – at a paper with an institutional aversion to such clarity – the Guardian columnist should nonetheless be commended for his honesty. 

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  1. Here goes the oily money. Rusbridger must be rushed off his feet, by this treacherous breach of free speech à la Al Guardian. Telling the simple truth and calling the virulent Antisemitism in the Islam world bluntly by the right name isn`t included in this special form of free speech, on the contrary.
    Fraser likely will have to make some rituals of submission, whether in direction of Rusbridger or in the direction of Mecca, we will see.

  2. Were Fraser a bit more open he would have written that “… nor the hateful antisemitism that is often present on the pages of the Guardian CIF”. But we have to be grateful for small mercies too.

  3. Well Said and indeed i commend Mr Fraser for his honest comment on the subject and the small token of support to the many Jews of Arab lands who suffered under the brootherhood and its likes.

  4. ” the Guardian’s consistent failure to report on the pervasive antisemitism within the Arab and Muslim Middle East ”

    After a few articles of pertinence, including looking at the US attack on Syria we return to the safe ground of wild eyed Muslims unreasonably being hateful again.

    Timid and obvious.

    • jasper you are saying that anti-Semitism and amazingly wild conspiracy theories in connections with the diabolical Jews are not rampant in the Muslim world?!
      Your ramblings here is called the racism of low expectations. Why am I not surprised?

      • Peter Hungaria
        ” diabolical Jews ”

        Why do you think Jews are diabolical? And why do you think you will get a decent response when you use such language?

        Adam Levick

        “You must be responding to a post at another blog.”

        Point taken . I would have criticised you for hyperbolic sarcasm so I shouldn’t use it myself.

        • The “diabolical Jew” is an expression used by your Muslim pets asshole – not me. But you know this very well already.
          This is your best – intentionally turning my words upside down?
          For a change it would be interesting to get an answer from you. Until now you didn’t served any. Not one.
          So I repeat: Do you really say that anti-Semitism and amazingly stupid and wild conspiracy theories about the Jews are not rampant in the Muslim world?
          A simple Yes or No answer would be very appreciated.
          BTW did you like the clip showing the gentle and moderate leader al-Quaradawi speaking?

          • Peter, jasper already gave you his response:

            “… why do you think you will get a decent response…?”

          • “used by your Muslim pets asshole ”

            I don’t know a lot about pets assholes ,,well clearly not as much as some.

            “Do you really say that anti-Semitism ”

            I didn’t mention anti Semitism

            ” A simple Yes or No answer would be very appreciated.”

            There is anti Semitism in the ME but the answer to your question is ” Now ” not “no”

            • So your friends are wild-eyed unreasonably hateful anti-Semites now. Thanks for your contribution.
              I never would have thought that Berchmans will return to posting after the Ciffers realized that he’s an embarrassment and banned him.

              • Maybe he has been politely asked to shut his dirty racist keyboard up and as a loyal member of the party accepted the official line…

                • Made an error in my last comment. He posted over 28 000 comments in 7 years

                  Can’t see the Guardian asking him to keep quiet. I think they might have put him on premoderation once or twice when he got too carried away, but that’s about all they would ever do to him because he’s on their side.

                  I don’t think he’s just taken a break because he would have mentioned it.

    • “After a few articles of pertinence, including looking at the US attack on Syria we return to the safe ground of wild eyed Muslims unreasonably being hateful again”

      jasper perhaps you would like to assist Adam and send him a list of subjects that are suitable as articles for this blog.
      As I, and many others, have been completely astounded by your wonderful grasp of the English language perhaps you could further assist Adam by providing the content for those articles.

      • Gerald I’m sure jasper would love writing on sport. Shall we write about the most expensive Welsh man being a … footballer?

        • Yes Itsik and good luck to him.
          I should be on £36,000 a day, yes a day.
          At least now he is with a decent club he will be able to develop his skills.

          By the way Itsik refresh my memory what was the result of the Arsenal v Spurs match at the weekend?

          • “By the way Itsik refresh my memory what was the result of the Arsenal v Spurs match at the weekend?”

            The same result that occured when one side doesn’t turn up…

            • “The same result that occured when one side doesn’t turn up..”

              Itsik in any match between Arsenal v Spurs there is only ever going to be one football side turn up.
              I’ll leave you and Labenal decide which it is.

              ps a little hint it isn’t Spurs.

      • I’m sure jasper will find ways to make Bale seems Anti Semitic by playing for a club who shouts “yid Army” every now and again.
        That is a far worse crime in jasper book than being an Islamist.

    • “wild eyed Muslims unreasonably being hateful again.” ???? You must be responding to a post at another blog.

  5. Be careful! The sentence spoke about the ‘hateful antisemitism that is often present within the Muslim Brotherhood.’ See that? ‘Often present’ rather than ‘permanently hard-wired’. That leaves the door open for a future article in which the ‘often present’ antisemitism of The Brotherhood becomes ‘rarely present’, or even magically disappears altogether.
    Reminds me of The Guardian’s very own Inayat Bunglawala who once described The Brotherhood as ‘Islam-oriented’!