Guardian’s Chris McGreal ‘honors’ Yom HaShoah by smearing millions of Jews

At 10:00 this morning, millions of Israelis stood at attention as sirens could be heard throughout the state in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day)  –  Israel’s day of commemoration for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Shortly after the sirens stopped, and colleagues in our office returned to their desks, we noticed a series of Tweets by the Guardian’s former Jerusalem correspondent Chris McGreal.

(The anti-Zionist malice of the Guardian “journalist” has been the subject of many posts at this blog.  The far left propagandist – who fancies the idea that Israeli snipers target Palestinian children, and has shown himself obsessed with the power of the Israel lobby – has achieved the rare status as one of the few Guardian reporters singled out by the Community Security Trust in their annual report on antisemitic discourse.)

Here are a few of the Tweets today from McGreal, enthusiastically responding to news that the Jewish state was smeared again with the Apartheid lie.



As the Tweets demonstrate, McGreal isn’t just claiming that Apartheid exists in the West Bank, but in Israel within the green line.

Of course, the Apartheid charge – the intellectual roots of which lie in Soviet propaganda from the 1970s – against Israel has been definitively refuted by many serious commentators and South Africans who actually lived under Apartheid.

First, for clarify, here’s an accurate definition of Apartheid:

‘Apartheid’ is the Dutch-Afrikaans term for separation, used to describe the racial segregation and discrimination enforced violently by white minority governments on non-whites in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. During those years a comprehensive system of racial classification divided the population into four categories – white, black coloured (i.e. mixed-race) and Asian. The black majority could not vote in general elections or marry white people. They were segregated from white people and barred from doing most skilled work.  They even need permission from white authorities to so much as move from one segregated residential neighborhood to another segregated neighborhood. Further, an official state-promoted racist ideology of white supremacy justified all of this.

In the context of the definition above, here are some facts based in part on a comprehensive rebuttal published by Professor Alan Johnson at BICOM.

  • There are NO such racial laws in Israel.
  • Israel is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracy, in which Arab, Druze and other minorities in Israel are guaranteed equal rights. ALL citizens vote in elections on an equal basis.
  • Discrimination based on race is against the law. 
  • Universities, hospitals and all public facilities are integrated.
  • Some Israeli towns and  cities are mixed Arab-Jewish (e.g. Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Lod and Ramle).
  • The Israeli Courts are effective in countering unfair discrimination. Israel’s Arab minority participates fully in the political process.
  • There is no ideology of racial supremacy within Zionism

Additionally, here are some poll results which wildly contradict McGreal’s suggestion that Arab Israelis believe they suffer from Apartheid:

  •  According to a poll conducted by Harvard’s John Kennedy School of Government, 77 per cent of the Arab citizens of Israel say that they prefer living in Israel to any other country in the world.
  • According to a 2012 Israeli Democracy Index survey, 62.3 per cent and 78 per cent of the Arab citizens of Israel have confidence in the police and Supreme Court respectively; a slightly higher level of confidence than Israeli Jews
  • According to a report by the Arab-Israeli NGO, Sikkuy, 90 per cent of Arab citizens of Israel see their future in the State of Israel

Beyond the specific smear, however, it should be emphasized that this isn’t a one-off for McGreal, and seems to represent a broader antipathy towards Jewish communities in the diaspora.

On Feb. 6th and 7th 2006, McGreal published two reports attempting to portray Israel as an Apartheid and colonial state, and went further than merely defaming Israel by lashing out at Jews more broadly in a manner reminiscent of David Ward’s infamous ‘Jews of all people‘ smear on International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Here’s a passage from McGreal’s report, in the context of comparing Jewish behavior to that of the Afrikaner S. African regime:

[Israel’s Jewish] backers question how anyone can accuse them, as Jews at the end of a long line of persecuted generations, of racism, or in any way of resembling the old Afrikaner regime. But for years, much of South Africa’s Jewish population and successive Israeli governments made their own pact with apartheida deal that exchanged near silence by most South African Jews on a great moral issue for acceptance, and clandestine cooperation between Israel and the Afrikaner government that drew the two countries into a hidden embrace.

First, most South African Jews actually voted against the pro-Apartheid National Party during the Apartheid years, and Jews were over-represented among anti-Apartheid activists, prompting Nelson Mandela to write the following in his autobiography: 

“I have found Jews to be more broad-minded than most whites on issues of race and politics, perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice.” 

However, beyond the rebuttal of his specific claims, McGreal’s accusations against Jews – not just Israelis, but Jews qua Jews – needs a broader response.

Here are some excerpts from an essay written by Chas Newkey-Burden in response to David Ward, MP, which seem apt in light of McGreal’s latest attack:

…there is still one anti-Israel argument that makes my jaw drop. And it is one that is made with unfortunate frequency. It is the “they-of-all-people” argument: the suggestion that the Jews, having faced extraordinary persecution, should know better than anyone not to be oppressors.

Put aside for a moment that the “oppression” which proponents of this argument are accusing Israel of committing is usually imaginary. When directed by gentiles towards Jews, the “they-of-all-people” argument is in its very essence so fundamentally ill-judged and unjust, and voiced with such a breathtaking lack of self-awareness, that my spirit flags when I hear it.

I contend that, as a result of the Holocaust and what preceded it, it is we gentiles who should know better. The Holocaust followed centuries of slander, persecution, violence and murder committed by gentiles against Jews. So it is not you who have an increased responsibility to behave morally, but us.

For instance, something that we gentiles should know better than to do is lazily accuse Jewish people, or the Jewish state itself, of any misdemeanour. We have seen what centuries of slander against the Jewish people led to during the 1930s and ’40s. We see the hatred, heartbreak and bloodshed that such anti-Jewish libels continue to provoke, particularly in the Middle East.

Let us strip the “they-of-all-people” argument down to its very basics: gentiles telling Jews that we killed six million of your people and that as a result it is you, not us, who have lessons to learn; that it is you, not us, who need to clean up your act. It is an argument of atrocious, spiteful insanity. Do not accept it; turn it back on those who offer it. For it is us, not you, who should know better.

Finally, to answer a query in one of McGreel’s Tweets, the reason why the ‘Apartheid’ charge “stings” Jews so much is because, like so many other accusations leveled against us through history, it’s a vicious lie – agitprop which shares an unmistakable ideological similitude with the ‘Zionism = Racism’ narrative and other canards associated with malicious efforts to cast Israel as fundamentally illegitimate, a state beyond the moral pale.

The lesson for non-Jews on Yom HaShoah should be clear:  You can’t honor Holocaust memory nor lay claim to the mantle of anti-racism if a large percentage of the world’s living Jews have been ‘expelled from the realm of your imaginative sympathy’, and indeed the only Jews you seem to much fancy have been dead for more than 70 years.

h/t Candice


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  1. “A question to be asked amid inevitable torrent of denials that Israel an apartheid state: why do so many of its Arab citizens say it is?” Question is do they?
    Israeli Arabs reacted strongly against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s call on Sunday for a land swap that would include some Israeli Arab areas in any future deal with the Palestinians.
    Mohamed Samara, a chemical engineer and football coach who spoke with the Post, is a resident of Tira, an Israeli Arab city to the west of Rout 6. He said he is against Liberman’s plan.

    “We are happy here; we have all the rights and live well and don’t want to be sacrificed,” said Samara.

    • Doesn’t a recent Bill in the Knesset legally distinguishes between Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs?

      This kind of classification would never be acceptable in Europe.

      • Seriously, Pete, I find it amazing that you still think bashing Israel is going to get you a Palestinian state. Stop blaming us for your inflexibility, you psychotic, Jew obsessed, cowardly man-child of feces and accept the fact that the Palestinians haven’t even provided a counter-proposal to a 14 year old state offer made 3 times over. Fucking ingrate.

        • Israel has been occupying the Palestinian territory since 1967. As Kerry was trying to negotiate peace, Netanyahu’s government was busy announcing more units in the illegal settlements. The entire world considers that the Government of Israel is responsible for the failure of the peace process.

          • Am I supposed to take you seriously? You can’t even come up with your own online moniker, and I’m supposed to consider your historical breakdown legitimate? AND you vote your own comments with 5-stars? So not only are an idiotic coward, but you’ve got the need to show others that your voice is worth 5-stars……

            I mean, DUDE, you’re never, ever going to get your little state as long as you insist that the Jews don’t belong in the Middle East. Seriously, your brain must be a huge as that 2-inch dick you’re sporting.

          • israel took Judea and Samaria from Jordan not Palestine. If it was Palestine than where was the world when it was coupied by Jordan since 1948

  2. “why does apartheid label sting Israel so much?”

    If I lied and suggested that McGreal’s wife/girlfriend/boyfriend (I have no idea about his predilections in this area) was out every night selling his or her body on the streets of Washington would McGreal be so angry because it was really true or because it was a lie?

    • That Ms. mc Greal would have to work on the curb would surprise me much Josuah, considering that BBC correspondents are extremely well paid, which is only fair considering their high skills and long experience of reporting from the most dangerous places in the world.. Plus these guys marry very educated spouses who have their own jibs, welcome to the 21 th century, Joshua.

      • considering that BBC correspondents are extremely well paid, which is only fair considering their high skills and …
        Well paid from the BBC license fee – by the UK taxpayers. They would be on welfare pay if they should work for any profit-oriented organization.
        …long experience of reporting from the most dangerous places in the world….
        Yes, they have long experience to lying and omitting everything from their reports that contradict their far-left ideology.

      • OK, your post confuses everyone. Does McGreal work for the BBC and not the Guardian? Does his wife work for the BBC? The rest is so illogical as to be unworthy of further comment. However, I’ll humour you and revise my post to take account of your quite barmy notions. Here it is:

        “If I lied and suggested that McGreal was sexually abusing his two sons, would McGreal be so angry because it was really true or because it was a lie?”

    • Am I supposed to take you seriously? You can’t even come up with your own online moniker, and I’m supposed to consider your historical breakdown legitimate? AND you vote your own comments with 5-stars? So not only are an idiotic coward, but you’ve got the need to show others that your voice is worth 5-stars……

      I mean, DUDE, you’re never, ever going to get your little state as long as you insist that the Jews don’t belong in the Middle East. Seriously, your brain must be a huge as that 2-inch dick you’re sporting.

  3. You can`t argue with a McReal, he and his ilk are the McDonalds of the mass media, quicly eaten, but likely to induce an upset stomach, when eaten too much.

    • If you are looking for “nutritional” content in McGreal’s output, there is none. In fact most of it is pure poison.

      • To prevent confusion between the two Joshua (the other posts on this thread are mine), I’ll change my nick to “Avraham Stern” in honour of the man who was murdered by two British policemen in 1942.

        • Avraham Stern… The man responsible for the death of Jewish and British policemen during a series of bank robberies in the 40s, and of terrorist attacks against Britain?

    • There is no need to argue with McGreal and his ilk Fritz. Would you argue with a piece of dogshit you can see sometimes on the sidewalk? He must be a very sad person worth of our pity, he simply haven’t born in an other (for him much more convenient) time when he could have been a powerful media czar like Julius Streicher or a God-like Jew-selection expert like Josef Mengele. Imagine his frustration – he can only dream about the good old times when the anti-Jewish incitement of his spiritual predecessors had real tangible results. Imagine his feelings of impotence today – the Day of Remembrance – knowing that we didn’t forget but remember not only those six million but the history of incitement and deligitimization by his long dead ideological ancestors. Imagine his utter despair when he – in his less deluded instants sees that he is a nobody but a flyspeck on the huge garbage dump of European antisemitism and his only readers are brain dead psychotic zombies like our resident trolls like Noam, Jim, Janet or whatever s/he calls her/himself today or a disgusting selection of similar losers on the Guardian.

      • Mc Greal is a highly respected foreign correspondent who can be proud of his career and support of the highest standards of journalism. Not everyone can say the same.

        • Yes he is. Exactly like Walter Duranty. But Julius Streicher was a bit more intelligent that Fraser.

  4. McGreal was also busy citing and praising Tutu this morning.

    The same Tutu who said Jews should pray for Nazis, who rants about a sinister “Jewish lobby”, and who compared Israel to Nazis and Stalin.

    • I believe that we are attracted to that which best explains ourselves. McGreal wasn’t led astray by Tutu but was attracted to Tutu in the first place precisely because that individual’s odious views mirrored his own. Of course, nothing you have said gainsays this; I just thought I’d mention it.

  5. Of course Nelson is right when he said that the Jews were over represented in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. After all the Jews knew what racism leads to. This is why they are also some of them are actively involved in the BDS movement today. Some of the best critics of Apartheid Israel are the Jews both in Israel and the rest of t he world.

    • “After all the Jews knew what racism leads to.”
      It’s actually the reason why most Jews do not support BDS.

    • “After all the Jews knew what racism leads to.”

      Implicit in this suggestion is that the victims of persecution should learn lessons from that persecution. In reality, it is the perpetrators and their descendants who should learn the lessons. As your post makes clear, that is something that the gentiles of Europe and elsewhere have obviously failed in. That’s to be expected in an immoral universe. In a moral universe the world would be calling for the destruction of Europe and not Israel. It would be Europe that would be boycotted and not Israel.

      As for the tiny number of Jews who support the blatantly anti-Semitic BDS movement, all that can be said is that every nation has its share of traitors and fools and we obviously are not alone in this.

    • Well Jimmy lad, have you learned your lesson? Racial discrimination, genocidal anti-Semitism and a visceral and insatiable sense of moral superiority are the pedigree of a peculiar strand of European / Christian chauvinism, and you fit the bill in at least one of those categories. We’ll leave it to your grandparents to make you feel proud of their contribution in the other two categories – or do you prefer to project that particular guilt onto Europe’s most convenient and long-standing scapegoat?

  6. Thanks for this Adam. I have just learned that Didier Drogba did not sign the petition that McGreal claimed he did. Did the Guardian ever correct that openly? For ages I have believed that Guardian report, and I was really disappointed as Didier is my favorite footballer and because I found it so untypical of this thoughtful “live and let live” person. You really cannot trust them for a minute. Have just read the original report, which confirms CifWatch. But who goes back and reads every report again for corrections?

    Regarding the apartheid lie, we only have to read this to see McGreal is the pits:

    “A question to be asked amid inevitable torrent of denials that Israel an apartheid state: why do so many of its Arab citizens say it is?”

    This statement begs more questions than it answers, but even so, it has a massive logical flaw: the fact that many people say something does not make it true.

    It must also be said that on a day like today, it is not the time to start that argument.

    It is appalling disrespect. I have elderly friends in Germany who suffered from the consequences of national socialist brutality. Their suffering is not on the scale of what millions of Jews, Roma, and other minorities suffered, but I know how important it is to respect that suffering.

    Today was a day for silence and reflection.

    • The Guardian never retracts or apologizes even for its most grievous errors about Israel, such as Chris McGreal’s and Suzanne Goldenberg’s lies about the “Jenin Massacre” that never happened, the Al Durrah libel eagerly reported by Suzanne Goldenberg, or McGreal’s fabricated story about Israel supplying South Africa with nuclear weapons. The damage those stories, just to name three, have done to the cause of peace in the Middle East is incalculable, and those two more than any of the Guardians stable of Israel-haters have the dirty hands.

      Apparently, however, even the Guardian was embarrassed enough by these two to shuffle them off to the USA to report on other matters – Goldenberg reports on environmental matters where I assume she can do less harm and McGreal on – well, actually I have no idea what he is supposed to report on since he seldom seems to report on US matters, but his continuing obsession with Israel means from time to time he still reports on Israel and, of course, twitters away about continually it as you can see,

  7. This is what Nelson, who knew something about racism and Apartheid had to say on the subject to Thomas Friedman “Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.

  8. Separation wall apartheid wall – whatever the excuse – oh yes the idea is to keep the beast on the otherside out – totally justified –

    • This kind of beast you mean
      The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad again admits that the Israeli security fence built by Israel in Judea and Samaria prevents the terrorist organizations from reaching the heart of Israel to carry out suicide bombing attacks

  9. There are no such laws in Israel except of course this one
    Israel’s Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law bars immigration by family reunification to couples of an Israeli citizen and a Palestinian resident of the Israeli-occupied territories. Amnesty International says this mostly affects Arabs.[61][62] The law has been condemned by Amnesty International as “racial discrimination”.[63] The government says the law say it is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks. Some leaders of the Kadima party support the law in order to preserve the state’s Jewish character. Mishael Cheshin, one of supreme court judges who upheld the law, wrote that “at a time of war the state could prevent the entry of enemy subjects to its territory even if they were married to citizens of the state”.[64]
    Oh by the way these laws are fully justified as they were in White South Africa –

    • ‘Janet’ dear does the Matron know it is time for your medication?

      You know what happens if you don’t take it, you will start having fantasies again about talking to God, hearing voices and have to be confined to the ‘rubber room’.

  10. Gerald the Matron suggested you take this pill – Some critics have described the Law of Return, which allows all Jews and persons of some Jewish descent to immigrate to Israel as racist, as Palestinian refugees are not eligible for citizenship.[48] Palestinians and advocates for Palestinian refugee rights criticize the Law of Return, which they compare to the Palestinian claim to a right of return.[49] These critics consider the Law, as contrasted against the denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return, as offensive and as institutionalized ethnic discrimination.[50]

    Supporters of the Law argue that it is consistent with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Article I(3) which allows for preferential treatments of some groups for purpose of immigration, provided there is no discrimination against a specific nationality.

    And may be as a laxative of course there are many other states who descriminate as to who they allow to enter their state – but of course none of those states are descriminatory against those who belong to the land the state occupies as is in the case of the Palestinians – of course it is totally justified how else can they keep the racist nature of their state except by excluding those of the other races.

    • ‘Janet’ now you think that Matron is talking to you?

      When you awaken after taking your medication ask Matron if for therapy you can have English lessons.

      It is DISCRIMINATE not DESCRIMINATE or DESCRIMINATORY, you feeble minded toss pot!

    • of course the think the law is racist. According to them Jews must never have a Jewish state with a Jewsih magority., WE understand very well.

    • 1,600,000 Israeli arabs show you to be a liar, those arabs who live in the west bank and Gaza don;t belong here. it is time they face the fact ,.

  11. Gerald Laxative was too effective drink water you might be dehydrated.

    International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid,
    Article II[1]

    For the purpose of the present Convention, the term ‘the crime of apartheid’, which shall include similar policies and practices of racial segregation and discrimination as practiced in southern Africa, shall apply to the following inhumane acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them:

    Denial to a member or members of a racial group or groups of the right to life and liberty of person
    By murder of members of a racial group or groups;
    By the infliction upon the members of a racial group or groups of serious bodily or mental harm, by the infringement of their freedom or dignity, or by subjecting them to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
    By arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups;
    Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;
    Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognised trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;
    Any measures including legislative measures, designed to divide the population along racial lines by the creation of separate reserves and ghettos for the members of a racial group or groups, the prohibition of mixed marriages among members of various racial groups, the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group or groups or to members thereof;
    Exploitation of the labour of the members of a racial group or groups, in particular by submitting them to forced labour;
    Persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid.

    And no more laxatives for you.

    • Janet, you are a complete bore. BTW, the whole of the Middle East in an apartheid region that limits Jewish residence to a small Bantustan called Israel. Three-quarters of their ancestral home forbidden to them under pain of death.

  12. If a mother repeatedly calls her child “you bastard!” and the child is stung by that do we think that the mother is correct or do we say the obvious… that she is verbally abusive? Well, repeatedly calling Israel an Apartheid State should be called for what it is… verbal abuse.

  13. Of course Groovy times are hard –
    And AF the mother asked you to stop beating your brothers long time ago – asked you to let the brothers return to their and their father’s houses and now you complain that the mother has disowned you. The mother has other brothers and sisters to care for as well.(UN resolution 194)UN Resolution 273 admitted Israel to the United Nations on May 11, 1949, “taking note of the declarations and explanations made by the representative of the Government of Israel” in respect of implementation of resolutions 194 and 181, to which Israel did not commit itself to any specific action or time frame. Israel has since rejected any resolution calling on it to allow the Palestinians to come to Israel. Since General Assembly resolutions are not binding, and only serve as advisory statements, there can be no obligation or enforcement of Resolution 194.[3][4] Besides the mother has never called you a bastard but has accused you of separating your brothers from their lands (Apartheid Wall and Laws) – Mother would be admitting of illicit actions if it called you a bastard.

  14. Alexa We are talking Palestine/Israel so tell me what power has Palestine got to abide or not abide by UN resolutions. Abbas cannot talk to his own brother without permission from the Israeli Prime Minister. It is a very convenient defense there are other criminals but it cuts no ice as a defense against your own crimes. You know that every lawyer knows it. So why do the Zionists keep repeating it? Besides the argument between Jews and Gentiles is a European argument and nothing to do with the Palestinians demanding rights on their own lands.

    • What Palestine was there in 1949 regarding resolution 194 and 181.
      Abbas can’t talke to his brothers? etc? Seems he has no prolblem talking to them. He doesn;t need Israel PM permission . Why do you people need to lie so much?

  15. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it
    can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!