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Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent takes aim at ‘hasbara goons’


Here’s a Tweet from earlier today by the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent Peter Beaumont:

Though we’re not sure what his Tweet was specifically referring to, the word ‘hasbara’ (a Hebrew word which merely means ‘explaining’) is often used by anti-Israel activists to characterize, in a pejorative manner, those who defend Israel online.

Tellingly, if you Google the term “Hasbara Goons”, the first two results show posts from the hate site, Mondoweiss.

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Interestingly, Beaumont received some flack from his swipe at pro-Israel activists, in the following replies:

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Beaumont perhaps should refer to the Guardian’s Social Media Guidelines for Journalists:

The Guardian has created a set of guidelines for staff on the use of blogging, tweeting and the use of social media in order to maintain editorial standards and help create effective communities on the web.

staff are asked to remember the former editor CP Scott’s famous dictum that “comment is free, but facts are sacred” by not blurring facts and opinions, and to exemplify the Guardian’s community standards in contributions.

The community standards, which Guardian journalists are asked to exemplify, include 10 guidelines, and summarizes their suggestions as follows:

In short:

– If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. 
– Don’t be unpleasant. Demonstrate and share the intelligence, wisdom and humour we know you possess.
– Take some responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Help make this an intelligent place for discussion and it will be.

In addition to being shrill and unprofessional, it seems clear that Beaumont’s Tweet was thoroughly inconsistent with his own company’s community standards. 

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  1. Peter Beaumont = Major League Prick

    Hope you read this, Pete. May a rocket land on your head.

    Oh, and the next time you get a job, maybe you should suggest that you can’t be around Jews. Kind of like a rapist shouldn’t work for a woman. You know the deal. We make you sick; you take it out on us.

    Amateur.

    • I’d be happy to work with Beaumont, and I’m Jewish. His opinions are no more biased than this hasbara nitpicking over every little word. Mondoweiss is no more of a ‘hate site’ than the Jerusalem Post or Times of Israel. And hasbara isn’t simply a word that means ‘explaining’; it was an Israeli gov program to train israeli journalists to put a positive image on everything Israel does. It is just bizarre how ultra-sensitive Israelis are to any criticism . Face it – you DO DESERVE IT.

      • “It is just bizarre how ultra-sensitive Israelis are to any criticism . Face it – you DO DESERVE IT.”

        An interesting choice of words ‘riva’.
        Not that the Government of Israel deserves criticism.
        Not that the Israel Defence Forces deserves criticism.

        But Israelis – DO DESERVE IT.

      • I’d be happy to work with Beaumont…
        Of course you would. Not only with Beaumont but his predecessors like Streicher too.
        …and I’m Jewish. But of course riva. You are the chief rabbi of Atlantis.

      • What a scared, spiteful creature you are. Face it. PEACE WAS OFFERED. PEACE WAS REJECTED. MISSILES WERE SHOT. AND YOU SIT AT THE COMPUTER WONDERING JUST HOW DIRTY JEWS CAN GET.

        Pathetic.

  2. The timeline suggests Haaretz’s Anshel Pfefer indirectly rebuked Beaumont with

    Anshel Pfeffer @AnshelPfeffer · 7h
    Racists, fantasists and propaganda hacks on both sides are competing to see who can be more vile today. Mirror image of each other

    https://twitter.com/AnshelPfeffer

    Naturally Beaumont retweeted this and immediately affected to be even-handed.

    But the fact that he first and only subsequently directly applied ‘goons’ to one party suggest strongly where his feelings lie.

  3. One of the Dulles brothers was alleged to have dealt with Hitler’s Germany as late as 1942 by my not too reliable memory.

  4. The trading with the enemy act came into effect shortly after Pearl Harbour, December 1941.
    Both brothers were partners of Sullivan&Cromwell
    The Berlin bureau was closed down due to pressure from Allan Dulles, a foe of the Nazis. John Dulles tended to the isolationists.

    You probably mistake it for the Bush story which is a bit murkier and even has some dubious connection to Smedley.Butler.

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  6. Though we’re not sure what his Tweet was specifically referring to, the word ‘hasbara’ (a Hebrew word which merely means ‘explaining’) is often used by anti-Israel activists to characterize, in a pejorative manner, those who defend Israel online.

    Oh come on Adam. Of course you know what he’s referring to:
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-recruits-army-of-bloggers-to-combat-anti-zionist-web-sites-1.268393

    Although you’re certainly correct about the term being cheaply thrown around against those who defend Israel – yes, including me!

    Quite what exactly prompted Beaumont’s tweet is unclear. Perhaps seeing pro-Israel posters under an article he penned??

    Either way: he looks extremely silly.