The Guardian reveals a ‘racist’ song somewhere in the Middle East

Ian Black, the Guardian’s Middle East editor, published a story on Feb. 11th titled ‘Barack Obama cruel for preparing to sell out Jerusalem says Israeli singer’focusing on a song by Israeli songwriter Amir Benayoun which “accuses a ‘cruel’ Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu of preparing to sell out [Jerusalem] as part of a peace agreement”.  

Black contextualizes the story by arguing that Benayoun “represent[s] an increasingly important demographic in Israel, and one that is unlikely to support any division of Jerusalem”.

However, save one gratuitous and arguably bigoted reference to the American President’s middle name, the lyrics of the Sephardi performer’s song are pretty tame, and the editorial decision to devote an entire article on it is especially curious given the paper’s failure to devote any coverage to official Palestinian incitement which sometimes includes explicit calls to murder “evil” Jews.

Here are a few examples which Black or any of his “anti-racist” colleagues could have easily found merely by perusing the website of Palestinian Media Watch.

This Palestinian Authority (PA) TV music video promotes violence and martyrdom for children:

This song demands violence and jihad, and aired on a PA TV cultural show:

This kids’ music video which appeared on PA TV demands that they fight Jews for their mother’s honor:

This PA TV kids’ music video demands that kids fight the evil Jews:

As we’ve noted previously, the Guardian’s almost complete silence in the face of hundreds upon hundreds of examples of state sanctioned anti-Jewish racism – and the glorification of terror – by the PA ensures that their readers will never truly understand the dynamics representing the biggest impediments to peace in the region.

Additionally, Black’s decision to focus on one marginal example of an Israeli musical figure expressing skepticism about peace, while ignoring antisemitic cultural expressions which represent the norm within Palestinian society, provides further evidence of the media group’s inability to hold Palestinians and Israelis accountable to the same moral standards.  

Such ‘bigotry of low expectations’ continues to define the ideology of the Guardian Left. 

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  1. I think believing Obama is a crypto-Muslim is about as sound as Beinart’s attempt to “sell” Obama as the first “Jewish” president.

    I wonder if the Guardian was in such a hurry to notice how his middle name was invoked (loaded with nudge/wink signals) by Hamid Dabashi, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, in this article:

    President Barack Hussein Obama – again: But the grace is gone

    If anyone doubts the subliminal Morse code of such language, they can go back to read Dabashy’s expression of deep disappointment in Obama back in 2008:

    “At this point, I am afraid the votes of my two children are all I can offer Brother Barack. ”

    To note: “Brother Obama”.

    This professor has been coaching thousands of American students. His articles are featured in the most mainstream media outlets in the Arab world, as well as on the pages of the Guardian itself. This professor refers to (brother) Obama by his middle name as if it carried some extra meaning for his readership. And yet no Guardianista was there to pounce and expose him for what he says!

    To adapt Mark Twain on idiots and congressmen to the particular case of the Guardian and its extremely pathological preoccupation with the Jewish state:

    Suppose you were an antisemite. And suppose you were a Guardian writer. But I repeat myself.

  2. Black makes it sound as if Benayoun is making a mountain out of a mole hill, since “there is no sign that the highly sensitive Jerusalem issue has yet been tackled”.

    The US, like most other nations, does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US reject building in Jerusalem’s post-1967 neighborhoods. The US refuses to register Jews born in Jerusalem as born in Israel. It’s ridiculous to claim that Jews are ‘paranoid’ that the US is about to hand over Jerusalem to the Arabs, when in fact that is what the US constantly says.

    For Jews, Jerusalem is the Temple Mount, Jerusalem is the Western Wall, Jerusalem is the Old City and David’s City. How can Black claim those parts of Jerusalem are not at risk? I suppose he himself thinks that those areas should not be under Israeli control.

    Btw, elsewhere in Europe, mentioning that somebody is ‘Oriental’ (ie, of North-African extraction) is racist. But it’s apparently OK when we’re talking about Jews.

      • Obama says ‘it must remain undivided’, but he is actively taking steps to ensure it IS divided.

        Obama uses his authority as president to prevent the embassy from moving to Jerusalem. His State Department prevents American Jews born in Jerusalem from being registered as being born in ‘Israel’. He accuses Israel of trying to ‘settle’ Jerusalem. Today, US officials attend every local building committee meeting, so they could immediately stop any nefarious attempt by those Jews to build more homes in their ‘undivided capital’.

        I apologize for not being aware that he ever said that. Now that I’m aware, I find it extremely difficult to believe him.

        • “Obama uses his authority as president to prevent the embassy from moving to Jerusalem.”
          So did his predecessors.

    Shaked: ‘How Can We Make Peace With These People?’
    In letter to MKs, Ambassadors, Jewish Home Chairwoman Ayelet Shaked calls for end to anti-Semitic incitement in the PA.
    Tova Dvorin, Arutz Sheva Staff

    MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) dispatched a letter to Knesset members and ambassadors in Israel Sunday, following reports of violent and anti-Semitic content featured on the Gaza radio station “Sawt Al-Quds”, broadcasted on FM 102.7.

    The program, named “Arva Vanet” (lit. “no homeland”), airs several times a week and profiles a “martyr” for the “Palestinian people,” according to the letter. The program glorifies that murder of civilians – especially Religious Zionists.

    Each story details a different terror attack and is accompanied by a soundtrack full of pathos. The show airs in the afternoon and evening – a prime time to reach the ears of children and teenagers returning home from school.

    Shaked gives one example of programming by the station, citing an episode which aired on January 1. “The broadcaster talked about the “martyr” from the city of Nablus, born in 1977, who blew himself up in Netanya, killing large numbers of Jews ‘by the Grace of G-d,'” she stated.

    Shaked responded, “We are trying to make peace with these people? They incite to murder and praise terrorist atrocities! They educate their children to murder innocent people! They have no regard for morals or human life!”

    Shaked noted that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised peace only in the event that incitement against Jews and Israeli stopped. Now that the incitement continues, “why do we continue the deception [of negotiations]? Why do we stand blind to reality?” she asked.
    Shaked concluded her letter with a statement calling on the international community to recognize the incitement against Israel from the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza.

    Israel’s Security Agency (ISA or the Shin Bet) statistics in 2013 revealed that terror attacks have been on the rise since peace talks resumed.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remarked Friday that incitement – not just from the Hamas, but from the PA as well – is “a major factor behind the attacks.”

    “To glorify the murders of innocent women and men as heroes is an outrage,” he added. “How can President Abbas say that he stands against terrorism when he embraces the perpetrators of terrorism and glorifies them as heroes? He can’t stand against terrorists and stand with the terrorists.”

    Netanyahu told US Secretary of State John Kerry that it is “not surprising that in recent weeks Israel has been subjected to a growing wave of terrorist attacks. President Abbas didn’t see fit to condemn these attacks even after we learned that at least in one case, I stress at least in one case, those who served and are serving in the Palestinian security forces took part in them.”

  4. Any research will show that the people calls themselves “Palestinians” have the highest number of “Human Rights Activists” per capita and in the world.
    From Yasser Arafat, Sheikh Yassin, Khaled Meshaal through the suicide bombers to the members of Fatah,Hamas, Islamic Jihad – all are/were prolific “Human Rights Activists”.
    And lets not forget about Jibril Rajoub who Daniel Marks probably wants to give the Nobel prize to.
    PA Official: ‘If We Had a Nuke, We’d Use It This Morning’ (Video)
    The Palestinian Authority doesn’t need rocks, firebombs, guns and suicide bombers. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has a better way to kill Jews: “If we had a nuke, we’d use it this very morning.”
    Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    May 9th, 2013

    73% of Palestinians Believe Jews Should Be Killed Wherever They Hide
    Jim Hoft
    July 16, 2011,
    Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    Once again, Palestinian Arab support for terrorism is the highest in the world
    Pew Research just released their latest Global Attitudes report on how the Muslim world views extremist groups and terrorism.

    • “73% of Palestinians believe Jews should be killed wherever they hide”

      Well, that’s most Jews OK then, cos we aint hiding anywhere! Jewish, Zionist and proud!

  6. I have a feeling this artful piece of murderous Arab antisemitism shown on Egyptian TV won’t trigger any article at the world’s leading liberal Jew-hating voice – the Guardian.

  7. Don`t use trains in Belgium, unless you leave leave Belgium.

    The writing is on the wall, as Europe has decided not to act on the spreading of anti-Semitism.

    • The internet has exposed the pervasive level of anti-Semitism. If you read the comments in the Tablet article you’ll see my point. However, what’s even more concerning is how anti-Semitism is there even when it has no reason to be- just the other day I was watching a music video on You Tube. The performer, video content, lyrics, etc, had nothing aat all to do with Israel, jews, Judaism, etc. Nevertheless, some Jew-haters found a way to inject their hate into some of the


  8. If it were #1 in the charts and had a chorus of “bomb the Arabs”, that would be disturbing and indeed newsworthy. But this is far from the case.

    Does Black really have so little else to write about?

    • He couldn’t find any dogshit on the sidewalk, the street cleaners were earlier than their usual schedule.