Independent posts op-ed about Gaza by extremist who supported Al Qaeda attacks on 9/11

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor, commentator and “radical Maoist politician” who openly supported the “moral right” of Al Qaeda to murder thousands of Americans on 9/11, and who,  argued that the world’s oppressed have an inherent “moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with”.

He visited Shifa Hospital in Gaza during the 2008-09 war in Gaza and, according to NGO monitor, “repeatedly and falsely accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians” while making “no mention of evidence that Al-Shifa hospital has been used for military purposes”.

Well, Dr. Gilbert has returned to Shifa Hospital, and has published an open letter at the Independent about his experiences:


In the opening passage, Gilbert declares that the injured and killed – including, presumably, Hamas fighters – are all civilians and all “innocent”.

The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying… All sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

As with his previous visit to the hospital in 2009, Gilbert has failed to acknowledge that the hospital is reportedly being used for military purposes and has actually become “a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders”. 

Concerning Israel’s treatment of innocent Palestinians, Gilbert adds:

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” [sic!].

the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another dahyia – onslaught on Gaza.

Of course, there’s no mention by the doctor of Hamas’s cruel, cynical and illegal policy of using the Palestinians he supports as human shields, nor the undeniable evidence that the group has placed.

The Indy’s decision to publish an extremist like Gilbert simply reinforces our view (which has been solidified while monitoring their coverage of the war) that, at least concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the paper is slouching towards the Guardian.

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  1. “Of course, there’s no mention by the doctor of Hamas’s cruel, cynical and illegal policy of using the Palestinians he supports as human shields, nor the undeniable evidence that the group has placed.”

    The whole point of human shields is to deter attack from an opposing force. Clearly in the case of Gaza Israeli forces are not so deterred, whether or not Hamas have a policy of using human shields.

    Interestingly the only definite evidence of the use of human shields in Gaza points to the IDF as the culprit. During Cast Lead they frequently placed civilian Gazans in front of IDF troops when entering danger areas – as was confirmed by the Goldstone Report. Testimony of IDF soldiers to Breaking the Silence shows this to be common practice, whether in the course of war or during incursions in ‘peacetime’.

    • Actually there is ample evidence of Hamas human shields in the form of rockets, launchers, and attacks from homes, schools, UN facilities, etc.

      Just open youTube or the IDF social media accounts and look at them. NOT HARD.

      • There’s further evidence of gunman snatching children by their school bags to run across the road.
        There’s evidence of gunman teaching young girls around the age of 7-8 to fire AK47 from around a street corner which in itself is a serious child abuse.

  2. This is the first time I’ve seen or posted anything on this strange website. What a hotch potch of deranged people (by the way my mother was a Goldberg). Your target seems to be that excellent paper The Guardian, one of the last and few papers with the courage to print the truth. Edward Snowden would be unknown if the Guardian hadn’t been around. And many other malpractices. My problem – and yours – seems to be distinguishing between anti-Israeli and anti-semitism – there is a significant difference. It’s a puzzle to me why the most persecuted race on earth has learnt nothing and is venting its military might – phosphorous and flechete shells massacring innocent women and children who have nowhere to go. No wonder Israel has so few friends but many enemies.

    • “anti-Israeli and anti-semitism – there is a significant difference”, says LGoldberg, then commenced to rant that “the most persecuted race on earth has learnt nothing “.


    • Oh… Your mother was a Goldberg… .Oh well go right ahead then and start spouting off a bunch of nonsense about Israel and Zionists and of course the people who post on this site.

      You’re special!

    • By the way your mother was surely sad about her deranged son, but what do you want to say by the name of Goldberg, antisemite? You took her name instead that of your father?

    • Goldberg: “My problem – and yours – seems to be distinguishing between anti-Israeli and anti-semitism”.

      Yes, a distinction that an anti-Israel French mob had difficulty with when attacking Jews in a Paris synagogue. As for the Guardian printing ‘the truth’, it’s just a parochial English rag, pandering to the prejudices of vanity of its sanctimonious middle-class readership – as you make clear with your shallow, partisan sloganeering about ‘massacring innocent women and children’.

    • “LGoldberg” writes:

      “It’s a puzzle to me why the most persecuted race on earth has learnt nothing”

      Would you ask the same thing of rape victims? It is not the victims who should learn lessons from crimes but the perpetrators, and quite obviously the gentiles of Europe have learned precisely nothing since they helped murder 1.5 million Jewish children in cold blood.

      What really sticks in the craw is the sniffy arrogance of the British who believe they have anything to teach the Jewish people. Let’s just examine a little of the British record:

      1) Britain effectively collaborated in the genocide of the Jewish people in Europe. She fought a major war in spite of the Jews and not because of them.
      2) Britain burned alive tens of thousands of unarmed German civilians at Dresden.
      3) Britain in post-war Palestine acted in a manner that would have done credit to the SS.
      4) Britain has engaged in countless outrages against the civilian populations of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan Iraq in recent decades.

      And that of course is leaving aside the millions of people who were butchered as Britain jackbooted her way around the world during the days of “glory” and empire.

      And you are no more a “Goldberg” than Heinrich Himmler.

    • It’s a puzzle to me why the most persecuted race on earth has learnt nothing…
      A puzzle … You fake Jewish Goldberg and your ancestors tried very hard to teach us a lesson. Rally hard. And now instead of you learned something from your past you expect this from us.
      …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.

      • peterthehungarian, That’s a superb piece by Chas Newkey-Burden. Many thanks for drawing our attention to it.

    • “by the way my mother was a Goldberg”
      So what was your father then?
      “excellent paper The Guardian”
      That is a matter of opinion. Does it bother you that others disagree?
      “Edward Snowden would be unknown…”
      Assuming this is your reason why the Guardian deserves its “halo” that doesn’t mean they are correct about Israel.
      “My problem – and yours – seems to be distinguishing between anti-Israeli and anti-semitism”
      And my problem is that you assume that is the case. My other problem is that this implies that while you think anti-Semitism is wrong, you think being merely “anti Israel” is OK. If someone is anti Israel they still have to answer for that.

  3. Richard Engel interviewed this guy on TV yesterday. What a douchebag.

    Hey, Doc, they can go to the mobile Israeli triage set up in Gaza for victims of this conflict.

    Fucking white face and mouthpiece. That’s this guy’s role.

  4. I see from this article that Dr. mad, mad Mads Gilbert, the anti-American and anti-Israel lunatic is still on the loose.

  5. @ the end of day, giving voice to the continued lies and slanders from an obvious and well known racist antiSemite, represents the ultimate in unethical journalism in that it foments hate and spreads lies.

    We should continue to point out, as regularly and publicly as possible, the highly unethical nature of this very dishonest and unethical “journalism”.from The Independent, Guardian, NY Times or wherever it raises its ugly and indefensible head.