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Guardian publishes letters legitimizing terrorism & evoking Israel-Nazi analogy


Before posting two of the letters that Guardian editors decided to publish, on July 30, first let’s look at the headline.

headline

Again, remember that these are not simply comments below the line, but letters to the editor that Guardian editors believed had merit, and provided “historical context” to help understand the conflict.

Moral justification of Palestinian terrorism / Genocide charge.

letter 1

A few observations: First, the letter is comparing Israel’s war against Hamas (and, presumably their conflict with the Palestinians more broadly) with genocides in the Balkans, Rwanda and Sudan.  However, what particularly stands out is the implicit justification of Palestinian terrorism. Of course, we should remember that the Guardian has, on several occasions, amplified and legitimized voices which justified, on moral grounds, the Palestinians’ right to murder Israelis.

  • In 2011, the Guardian published a letter by a British philosophy professor which explicitly defended the right of Palestinians to murder Israeli civilians in terror attacks – an editorial decision which was actually defended by their readers’ editor following the uproar which ensued.
  • Also in 2011, the Guardian editorialized about the ‘Arab Spring’, and actually praised the Palestinians for launching intifadas.
  • In 2012, during the war in Gaza, Associate Editor Seumas Milne wrote an op-ed  of Hamas terrorists to launch terror attacks against Israelis, and argued that Israel has no such moral right to defend itself.
  • On July 16, 2014, Seumas Milne again revisited the same topic in a column about the current war in Gaza, and reiterated his belief that Palestinians have the right to engage in deadly acts of terrorism, while Israelis have no such right to defend themselves against Hamas.
  • On July 25th, a Guardian journalist and British priest named Giles Fraser published a column which defended, on moral grounds, ‘just’ acts of Palestinian terrorism.

We should point out that there is absolutely no international law which legally codifies the right to commit terrorism.

Israel-Nazi analogy

There was one more letter worth examining, one which evoked Nazi Germany in contextualizing Israeli crimes.

second letter

We have deconstructed such comparisons in the past, but let’s suggest to Mr. McCulloch that the only relevant analogy to Nazi Germany in the current conflict is that the world is once again silent in the face of expressions of openly genocidal Jew-hatred by Islamist extremists such as Hamas.  And, if anyone out there believes our characterization of Hamas is over-the-top, here’s a speech delivered by Mahmoud al-Zahar, senior leader and co-founder of the group, on Al-Aqsa TV in 2010:

If you’d like a more recent example, here’s Hamas’s Friday Sermon which aired on Al Aqsa TV on July 25th.

Of course, as anyone who has taken the time to look at sites such as Palestinian Media Watch and MEMRI would surely know, homicidal (and often genocidal) antisemitism is not the exception within Palestinian society.

Those in the Western media who legitimize narratives suggesting that Israelis are engaged in a project akin to genocide against Palestinians, thus justifying acts of violent resistance, are engaging in a profound historical inversion – blinded perhaps by a far-left ideology which can’t morally distinguish between antisemitic extremists and the Jews they’re trying to kill. 

 

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  1. “We should point out that there is absolutely no international law which legally codifies the right to commit terrorism.”

    It rather depends on what you call ‘terrorism’. The Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977 specifically sanctions armed resistance where “peoples are fighting against colonial domination and alien occupation and against racist régimes in the exercise of their right of self-determination”.

    Every time a West Bank Palestinian throws stones or petrol bombs at Israeli soldiers, then, they are acting within international law. It is the occupying IDF forces that are behaving illegally.

    Elsewhere the Geneva Conventions prohibit deliberate targeting of civilians, so the Hamas rockets are illegal – but most of the Guardian commentators you quote make this point anyway.

  2. “peoples [are] fighting against colonial domination and alien occupation and against racist régimes in the exercise of their right of self-determination” could just as easily apply to Israel and it’s struggle against the racist aims of Hamas.

    N’est-ce pas?

  3. What the people at the Guardian and in such publications don’t realize is that the IDF is in Aza with kit gloves. Were Hamas dealing with the United States Marine Corps, – see Faluja – they’d be no more Mister Nice Guy. Or how about what the Russian Army did to Grozny ? The Russian’s leveled a city of one million in the Caucasus. Fun fact!
    I wonder what the good people of Darfur are thinking now? As they remember their 200.000 murdered and only George Clooney turned up. I recall the NGO’s at the time discussing the finer points of genocide.

  4. I have been searching for the mass graves, transport trains, and ovens…. I fail to recognize a genocide nor a holocaust. As journalist, one would think they’d know their vocabulary.

  5. WHY CONFUSE “ANTI-SEMITISM” WITH “ZIONISM” WHEN THE REAL ISSUE,
    CONFLICT AND THREAT TO WORLD PEACE IS “EUROPEAN SETTLER
    “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” COLONIAL TERRORISM IN THE AMERICAS, AUSTRALIA,
    APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, HAWAII, PALESTINE ETC??? HOW IS IT THAT YOUR GOD
    CAN GIVE YOU MY LAND AND TELL YOU TO EXTERMINATE ME AND MY PEOPLE
    BECAUSE YOU ARE “GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE”??? THEN WHO AM I?? THE “DEVILS
    CHOSEN PEOPLE”??? REMEMBER IN THE SELF -GOVERNING BRITISH / ENGLISH
    COLONIES IN NORTH AMERICA INCLUDING CANADA AND THE NOT SO UNITED STATES
    (COLONIES) OF AMERICA, “THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN IS A DEAD INDIAN”
    (GENOCIDAL “JUDEO-CHRISTIAN” KKK / NAZI ETHICS)???

    REMEMBER “THE
    SUN NEVER SETS ON THE BRITISH EMPIRE” AND NOT SO GREAT BRITAIN RULED
    NINE TENTHS OF THE WORLD (NORTH AMERICA, CHINA, BIG CHUNKS OF AFRICA
    INCLUDING APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA (ESCAPED BRITISH CONVICTS
    MURDER THE BLACK “ABORIGINES” AND CLAIMED THEIR LAND??? OR HAVE YOU
    FORGOTTEN THE LAST 500 YEARS OF “THE AGE OF EUROPEAN IMPERIALISM” AND
    “THE CRUSADES” TO “CHRISTIANIZE” THE WORLD AND BRING THE “NOBLE
    SAVAGES” TO THE WHITE “LORD JESUS” BY WAY OF “THE FATHER, THE SON AND
    THE HOLY GHOST”??? HAVE YOU DRANK ENOUGH OF THE WORLDS PEOPLES BLOOD AND
    EATEN ENOUGH OF THEIR BROKEN BONES??? I GUESS BY NOW YOU HAVE FIGURED
    OUT WHO THE REAL NUCLEAR TERRORIST ARE??? REMEMBER THE OLD TV SHOWS
    “THIS IS YOUR LIFE”, “WHATS MY LINE”, “YOU ASKED FOR IT” AND “THE
    SAPRANOS” ??? THANK GOD THAT “GODLESS COMMUNIST RED CHINA DOESN’T
    EXIST???
    TAIWAN PLEASE SAVE US???? Omari Tahir, HISTORY TEACHER, Founder /
    President AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND CULTURE CENTER,
    AFRICATOWN SEATTLE. (omariafrinet@yahoo.com)
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