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Does Guardian columnist Michael Cohen regularly follow the hate site, Mondoweiss?


The embedded hyperlinks in reports and commentaries at the Guardian and ‘Comment is Free’ are often quite revealing, as the sources cited ostensibly serve to back up a claim or buttress an argument. (Though, as we’ve demonstrated, in the case of some Guardianistas the links do not in fact back up their claims at all.)  

Additionally, the specific “sources” used by ‘CiF’ and Guardian contributors often serve as a good window into their ideological sympathies. To boot, Guardian columnist Michael Cohen’s commentary excoriating the Israelis for having the audacity to object to the proposed Iranian nuclear deal (Frenemies: the US-Israel relationship gets rocky over Iran and peace talks, ‘CiF’, Nov. 13) leads us to quite radical ideological territory.

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First, there’s this passage:

The Israeli position of no uranium enrichment, even for peaceful purposes, the removal of all enriched uranium from Iran and the shutting down of all enrichment facilities is a negotiation non-starter – and stands in sharp contrast to the US position.

Firstly, Cohen’s claim is at best extremely misleading, as the Israeli position is that any enriched uranium would eventually be used to produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel. Israel doesn’t oppose a ‘peaceful Iranian nuclear program’; they share the belief of most experts that their goal is to use such fuel to produce nuclear weapons. More interestingly, the link embedded in the words ‘Israeli position’ above takes you to an article at the site of the Hamas-friendly Middle East Monitor (MEMO).

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In 2011, CiF Watch reported the following about MEMO’s Hamas connections:

Daoud Abdullah, who is the director of MEMO as well as deputy secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and a senior researcher for the Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood affiliated Palestinian Return Centre, has two major claims to fame. The first is his lead of the MCB’s boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK. The second is his signing of the Istanbul Declaration which potentially endorsed terrorism against British service personnel.

Senior editor of MEMO is Ibrahim Hewitt, who also heads ‘Interpal’ – the charity which has been the subject of three investigations by the Charity Commission and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in the United States, as well as having been banned in Israel because of its Hamas connections.

And, that’s not all.  The following paragraph in Cohen’s ‘CiF’ piece has an even more interesting link:

First, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the failure to negotiate a final status agreement with the Palestinians could lead to a “third intifada” and further international “isolation” for Israel. Days later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not only blasted US diplomatic efforts to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program but openly encouraged American Jews to speak out against the potential agreement.

Whilst it’s unclear why Cohen finds it strange that the prime minister of Israel sought out the support of American Jews on an issue vital to his nation’s security, when you open the link in “encouraged American Jews” it takes you here:

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To those not already familiar with the ideological extremism which the Guardian columnist evidently fancies, here are excerpts from an essay I cross posted at Elder of Ziyon in 2010:

Nazi, Soviet, and, more recently, Arab anti-Semitic caricatures often portray Jews as spiders, cockroaches, and Octopuses – dehumanizing Jews by turning them into animals that are destructive, inhuman and evil. The cartoon below, by the notorious anti-Zionist cartoonist, Carlos Latuff, was posted on the “progressive” Jewish anti-Zionist blog, Mondoweiss recently – by a frequent Mondoweiss blogger named Seham – in reference to the Gaza flotilla incident.

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That such a cartoon would appear on the pages of Mondoweiss, funded by The Nation Institute is, sadly, not particularly surprising to anyone familiar with the blog. Mondoweiss is an openly anti-Zionist Jewish blog and consistently advances, among other classical antisemitic tropes, the argument that Jews exercise too much power over U.S. policy and that Jewish “progressive” voices on the Middle East are censored by the organized Jewish community. The viciousness and hatred towards Israel, and the state’s Jewish supporters, can’t be overstated. The main blogger, Philip Weiss, states that “Zionism privileges Jews and justifies oppression, and this appalls me.” Weiss has complained that the “suffering of Palestinians that has been perpetrated politically in large part by empowered American Jews who are all over the media and political establishment.”

Weiss has even called for ‘a quota’ on Jews who work in the media. 

Weiss, like fellow liberal, Glenn Greenwald, demonstrating a bizarre left-right anti-Zionist alliance, also has contributed to Pat Buchanan’s paleo-conservative magazine, The American Conservative. Weiss’s alliance with Pat Buchanan seems quite consistent with the blogger’s frequent tropes suggesting the existence of an organized Jewish community so powerful as to render the U.S. President impotent to confront its mendacity. In one post, Weiss complains that the U.S. President’s desire to oppose Israel “colonization” has been “nullified politically because of the Jewish presence in the power structure.”

He went on to warn darkly that, “[One fifth] of [the U.S. Senate] are Jews, even though Jews are just 2 percent of the population. Over half of the money given to the Democratic Party comes from Jews. Obama’s top two political advisers are Jewish, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. The news lately has been dominated by Obama’s aides Kenneth Feinberg and Larry Summers. And what does it mean that the Treasury Secretary gets off the phone with Obama to confer immediately with Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman and Jamie Dimon of Morgan (Dimon’s Jewish; Blankfein would seem to be)? As I have frequently said, the biggest money game in town on the Republican side is Sheldon Adelson, a Zionist Jew.” Such a passage would suggest that the hideously anti-Semitic cartoon posted by Mondoweiss blogger, Seham, isn’t an anomaly. Weiss genuinely seems to see Jewish tentacles wrapped around the Obama Administration.

Weiss has even taken positions which seem to flirt with the political dynamic known as the Red-Green Alliance, as exemplified by British politician George Galloway. In one post Weiss openly expressed support for the terrorist group, Hezbollah. In addition to the group’s open and repeated call for the destruction of Israel, Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has a long and well-documented record of engaging in extreme expressions of anti-Semitism. He has stated, “If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” He also said, “If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew.” A few days before the Lebanese elections in 2009, Weiss said, “I hope Hezbollah wins….Nobody else seems to care for the poor people in Southern Lebanon.

Mondoweiss also hosts the musings of Max Blumenthal, author of the ‘Israel haters guide to the universe’ praised by such notable ‘activists’ as Gilad Atzmon and David Duke.

The politics of Michael Cohen have been revealed in previous ‘CiF’ essays – where he once suggested that terrorist attacks on Israelis may actually ‘help’ the peace process – but his legitimization of Mondoweiss suggests an especially troubling dynamic whereby antisemitic commentary typically associated with the extreme right garners increasing respectability by those who consider themselves ‘progressive’ voices on the Middle East.

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  1. As well as running MEMO, Daud Abdullah is the Khatib (i.e. preacher) at the Acton Mosque.

    The Acton Mosque regularly hosts extremist speakers, and was the venue from which the Al Shabab connected terror suspect did a bunk, a couple of weeks ago.

  2. …where he once suggested that terrorist attacks on Israelis may actually ‘help’ the peace process.
    The only terrorist attacks really helping the peace process would be those targeting Cohen and his comrades in the world leading liberal Jew-hater rag.

    • Nice. A call for the murder of Cohen and other Guardian staff.

      Get’s the thumbs-up from the usual hate-fuelled fuckwits, of course!

        • Why the apologetics?

          Imagine if a poster here were to say e.g. “The only terrorist attacks really helping the peace process would be those targeting CiFWatch” (whatever).
          Would you just dismiss that as “venting?

          • Don’t get overexcited pretzel it was Michael Cohen on the pages of your beloved Guardian who said that terror attacks against israeli civilians could help:

            And yet, the barrier – and the general improvement in security within Israel – has had a perverse opposite effect. Free from fear of attack when sending their children to school, or getting on a bus, or meeting friends in a café, Israelis decided that the status quo was pretty good. Rather than seek the uncertainty of peace, they could just as easily maintain the occupation of the West Bank without risk of greater terrorism.

            So, instead of increasing the likelihood of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the fence helped to decrease its possibility. The false sense of long-term tranquility it fostered has become, in part, the foundation of the mass delusion in Israeli society that the current status quo of Palestinian disenfranchisement can continue ad infinitum.

            I hope that some facts won’t disturb your peaceful ignorance and cluelessness.

            • Where does Cohen say that that terror attacks against israeli civilians could help?

              And you talk of ignorance and cluelessness!

              • High time pretzel to start learn to read, Literacy has some advantages, one of them that maybe you look less stupid than you are…

                • peter when you are responding to the whinger and hypocrite pretzelberg try to remember the wise words of Cicero, who presciently wrote about pretzelberg “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own”

                • Don’t tell me that he isn’t perfect! Don’t forget: “Blessed are the ignorant 1 Sam. 28:1-25)”!

                • When peterthehungarian and Gerald have nothing of substance in response to a perfectly valid question, they just chuck insults.

                  peterthehungarian cannot back up his claim about Cohen saying that terror attacks against israeli civilians could help, of course.

                  And god knows what the hypocrite Gerald is still doing here after asserting that people have no right to even express an opinion about other countries’ internal matters!

                • pretzel when you demonstrate your total and absolute inability to understand simple texts then maybe you shouldn’t expect a serious answer to a splendidly inane question.
                  But I’m going to play the good Samaritan and will repeat the dialogue:
                  My quote from Cohen the terrorist supporter:
                  And yet, the barrier – and the general improvement in security within Israel – has had a perverse opposite effect. Free from fear of attack when sending their children to school, or getting on a bus, or meeting friends in a café, Israelis decided that the status quo was pretty good. Rather than seek the uncertainty of peace, they could just as easily maintain the occupation of the West Bank without risk of greater terrorism.
                  So, instead of increasing the likelihood of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the fence helped to decrease its possibility. The false sense of long-term tranquility it fostered has become, in part, the foundation of the mass delusion in Israeli society that the current status quo of Palestinian disenfranchisement can continue ad infinitum.

                  And your question pretzel:
                  Where does Cohen say that that terror attacks against israeli civilians could help?

                  So let me explain you that when someone writes down that (I repeat)
                  Free from fear of attack when sending their children to school, or getting on a bus, or meeting friends in a café, Israelis decided that the status quo was pretty good. Rather than seek the uncertainty of peace, they could just as easily maintain the occupation of the West Bank without risk of greater terrorism.
                  then this assertion implies (if you don’t know the word then yo can find its meaning here or ask your nursery teacher) that some more terror and fear plus death of civilians would have rather a positive effect on the so called peace process.
                  And if something isn’t clear enough then don’t hesitate to demonstrate your cluelessness again, I’m always ready to help you…

                • then this assertion implies (if you don’t know the word then yo can find its meaning here or ask your nursery teacher)

                  God you’re such a bore. And an arrogant one at that.

                  … that some more terror and fear plus death of civilians would have rather a positive effect on the so called peace process.

                  No it does not – unless you’re wilfully misinterpreting Cohen’s comments in some pathetic, transparent and futile attempt to defend an earlier post in which you – not for the first time! – have concocted some ridiculous fiction about him and his views.

                  Why do you make this kind of crap up, peterthehungarian.

                  You once called me a Holocaust denier for God’s sake!

                • Ok pretzel I give it up. Sometimes I thought that you are only pretending, now I can see my mistake , you are the original.

  3. Once upon a time, the hate site Mondoweiss was even banned as a source at my once-upon-a-time online home, the progressive-left American political blog Daily Kos, by one of their administrators who is known to have no particular love for Jews or Israel. Even he was able to see that hate site for what it is, though.

    http://www.dailykos.com/comments/997457/42552897#c51

    Not long after this, I was kicked off of Daily Kos as part of their late 2011 purge of Jewish posters who spoke out against the rampant antisemitism there. Regardless, the one-time banning of Mondoweiss, even at that blog, still strikes me as an interesting fact…

    • I’m struck by the fact that they call themselves ‘Kossacks’. Since when did progressives name themselves after a bunch of Tsarist stormtroopers best known for cavalry charges against protestors and pogroms?

  4. Philip Weiss has not simply contributed to The American Conservative: Mondoweiss has received at least $60,000 in contributions from Ron Unz, who was the publisher of The American Conservative from March 2007 until August 2013:
    http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/207/207181582/207181582_201112_990PF.pdf
    http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990pf_pdf_archive/207/207181582/207181582_201012_990PF.pdf

    Last year, Ron Unz published an article in The American Conservative claiming that Harvard discriminates against non-Jewish white applicants in favor of Jewish students, stating “it would be unreasonable to ignore the salient fact that this massive apparent bias in favor of far less-qualified Jewish applicants coincides with an equally massive ethnic skew at the topmost administrative ranks of the universities in question…” Unz describes Jews as an “alien presence” and attributes our nation’s “enormous economic and social problems” to the “absurdly skewed enrollments of our elite academic institutions,” which Unz portrays as overrun with unqualified Jewish students who are “beneficiaries of underhanded manipulation and favoritism.” As you might guess, there is no evidence that Unz’s conspiracy theory is actually true, and in fact, a recent survey of incoming Harvard freshmen conducted by The Harvard Crimson found that students who identified as Jewish reported a mean SAT score of 2289, 56 points higher than the average SAT score of white respondents:
    http://andrewgelman.com/2013/10/22/ivy-jew-update/
    (Prof. Andrew Gelman is a statistician at Columbia University.)
    http://alum.mit.edu/www/nurit

    It would be fascinating to see what other kinds of folks contribute to Mondoweiss, but I couldn’t figure it out from briefly looking at the Forms 990 of its parent organization, The Nation Institute.

  5. ElderOfZiyon has more posts about Mondoweiss
    and you can find them here
    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/search/label/Mondoweiss
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    Philip Weiss used to write for “The American Conservative” (2006-2010) as you can see here
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/philip-weiss/
    According to Wikipedia
    ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Conservative )
    “The American Conservative was founded in 2002
    by Scott McConnell, Patrick Buchanan, and Taki Theodoracopulos …”
    More info about Theodoracopulos here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taki_Theodoracopulos
    and (in Greek) here

    or here
    http://parallhlografos.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/%cf%80%ce%bf%cf%8d-%cf%80%ce%ae%ce%b3%ce%b1%ce%bd-%ce%ba%ce%b5%ce%af%ce%bd%ce%b1-%cf%84%ce%b1-%cf%86%ce%b1%cf%83%ce%b9%cf%83%cf%84%ce%ac%ce%ba%ce%b9%ce%b1/
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    What Philip Weiss has in mind here
    (snapshot of the page http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/06/last-night-therewas-a-meeting-of-my-gaza-delegation-to-talk-about-the-trip-two-weeks-after-and-i-went-to-pick-up.html
    as it appeared on June 25, 2009)
    http://sadredearth.com/key-posts/feeling-the-rage-in-new-york/
    – included in the extended analysis about “The Malice of Mondoweiss”, here
    http://sadredearth.com/the-malice-of-mondoweiss/
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    Here’s Weiss’ glowing paean to a Palestinian Sniper who killed 11
    http://mondoweiss.net/2010/09/the-legend-of-the-silwad-sniper.html
    and here’s a post about Jewish symbols
    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/10/touring-palestine-you-see-jewish-symbols-everywhere.html
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    For MORE links read my comment here
    http://proisraelbaybloggers.blogspot.com/2013/06/young-jewish-and-proud.html
    and/or SEARCH ENGAGE (e.g Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, …)
    http://engageonline.wordpress.com/