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Focus below the line: Guardian readers ‘reflect’ on Israel and the Jews (June 25)


This post is part of a series which re-focuses on the problem of biased moderation at the Guardian’s blog ‘Comment is Free’ (CiF) – particularly, reader comments which are off-topic, ad hominem or antisemitic, and yet not deleted by their professional moderators. All of the following comments have been posted under ‘CiF’ op-eds which have nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

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Here’s phindrup’s answer to the question “where will their [ISIS] killing stop?”

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None of these reader comments have been deleted by ‘CiF’ moderators.

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  1. Hate porn. The only satisfaction the Guardian and its readership will find on this planet is drenched in blood and violence.

    These people aren’t Lefties. They aren’t trying to protect the Earth from destruction. They are the lunatic fringe, preaching justifiable homicide when faced with child killers. They may not go shoot an old man in a wheelchair for being Jewish, but they most certainly can understand the circumstances that would lead a young Palestinian to murder an old Jew.

    What a bunch of sick fucks.

    • But you must acknowledge – they are working only with facts. Like the Murdoch -Rothschild claim on the Syrian West Bank. Good old Lynne Oldfield must be a very knowledgeable Jew hater, the Guardian should offer him a staff position. He must be a loyal reader of neo-Nazi and thruther websites – the only and exclusive sources of the Rothschild story. (plus Craig “visa for sex” Murray)

      • Yes. The Guardian must be so proud the crazies flock to them. They’ve turned into Stormfront for Smarties.

        I hate Glenn Greenwald. When people ask me why I don’t trust that guy, I don’t point to his failings as a Middle East pundit. I just point out how full of hate the Guardian website is, and claim that I can’t trust anything stemming from a website with such stench.

        • “I hate Glenn Greenwald.” What’s to like? I find the recent attempts to mainstream him on American TV quite disturbing.

          • Americans who side with Snowden love Greenwald. He is very popular, and it’s all because he conned some kid with mental issues to break into the NSA. I do believe the two worked on this together. I do believe Greenwald is living high off the hog that is other people’s actions.

            The benefit of him being on TV is that you will be able to watch his demise and replay it forever. Frauds are always exposed. The truth always come out.

            • I`m not sure that he conned. According to some documentaries Snowden first contacted a guy at the Washington Post who linked him to Greenwald.
              More likely that Snowden was conned by some ‘Deep Throat/Nixon’ imagination.

      • The rest is just good old-fashioned anti-Semitism of the British variety. EoZ had 1945 essay on the subject by George Orwell yesterday. Worth looking at.

          • “It’s Teddy Bear’s realm, and he brings nothing but extreme right wing hate and vitriol.”
            But that’s his problem. There are so many worthwhile stories there that I read the comments very sparingly and chime in rarely, although I think I remember once mixing it up with him. A total Neanderthal. Anyhoo, I haven’t noticed him there lately.

  2. I like these antisemites, mainly mourning dead Jews, but hating living ones. What a material for artists, if there were any.

  3. Not only are they appalling in their own right, but we know that if you changed the words Jews, Israelis, or Zionists to Muslims or Arabs the comments would be deleted instantly.

    There can be little doubt that at the very least the Guardian is no longer even aware of condoning anti-Semitism – it may in fact be actively promoting it.

  4. For those who criticize Israelis or Jews for using the word “chosen”, I have had many Jewish friends in my 83 years but have never known even one who felt or used that term to describe their situation.

    • Apart from neo-Nazi and conspiracy theorist literature, Guardian staff members and BTL contributors probably the only occasion this “choseness” used to be invoked is the joke when the old Jewish tailor seeing his broken shop window after a violent antisemitic demonstration prays: “Oh Lord, this is the high time for you to chose some other bunch…”

  5. Some of the posts above are indeed unacceptable but the big concern is it seems all the alternative voices have been banned from this site. A big shame and it makes the site look extremely one sided.

    The last post is harmless and it looks as the critics say that any criticism of Israel is termed anti semitic. It might be wrong but it is by no stretch of the imagination an example of hatred. I have noticed this before that in order to prove a point with examples..articles use genuinely worrying posts with innocent ones.

    • From this site only one or two trolls have been banned during its whole history and not because they voiced “alternative” voices. But you know this better than anyone else.