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Slow news days in Israel? Guardian plays ‘Catch the Jew”


Based on research collected while posing as a German investigative reporter during a tour through Palestinian areas, Israeli born playwright and writer Tuvia Tenenbom spent time with pro-Palestinian “activists” and NGO researchers in the West Bank and asked about the plight of the Palestinians. He turned the results into a book cheekily titled, ‘Catch the Jew, words meant to capture the surreal anti-Israel and antisemitic propaganda continually fed by such activists to a compliant media.

“The Europeans aren’t really familiar with the Middle East dispute and they do not investigate”, said Tenenbom. Rather, he added, they want “to catch the Jew doing something bad“. 

Now, we turn to the Guardian where, on Sept. 22nd, the paper continued to ignore Palestinian riots in east Jerusalem, as well as the widely cited AP story on growing evidence that Hamas used human shields during the war, but instead devoted space on their Israel page to “catching a Jew doing something bad”, publishing the following.

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The Guardian’s Paul Walker explained that “Drek, a company that organises some of Tel Aviv’s more popular gay party events” used promotional images for a club night last week that included “homoerotic reinterpretations of the fanatical Islamist group’s [ISIS] videos”, some of which, he added, “provoked an angry reaction on Drek’s Facebook page”.

Whilst Walker’s claims that the images – some of which reference recent ISIS beheadings – would be deemed offensive by relatives of ISIS’s victims is fair, it should also be obvious that ISIS is a pathologically antisemitic and homophobic movement, and that the intentionally provocative depictions by Drek were all but certainly meant to mock ISIS jihadists, not their victims.

Additionally, the entire social media presence of the heretofore unheard of party planning company –  which doesn’t even appear to have a website – appears to be a minimally trafficked Facebook page, and it boggles the mind how Guardian editors decided that a few of their graphics represented the most pressing news story out of Israel on that day.

Further, contextualize this report by the Guardian about the use of ISIS imagery by one gay Israeli party promoter with the paper’s failure to report on a recent Temple Mount demonstration by thousands of Palestinians in support of ISIS and you come back to Matti Friedman’s axiom that most foreign journalists come to the region not to provide readers with a nuanced understanding of the region, but to report on Israelis behaving badly – or, as Tuvia Tenenbom put it, “to catch the Jew”.

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    • prezelberg writes:

      “Oh do grow up.”

      Translation from our sanctimonious little friend: “Oh, those whining Jews.” Don’t blame him. It’s part and parcel of his culture. He sucked in at birth.

      No doubt he will now break into a heartrending rendition of “Land of Hope and Glory” and advise us about how the plucky little Brits risked their all to save the Jews of Europe. The reality is that Perfidious Albion did everything in her power to prevent the drowning Jews of Europe from reaching safety. Britain fought a war in spite of the Jews and not because of them. Will prezelberg get a surprise when he eventually finds that Britain’s “most courageous generation” are burning in exactly the same hell as Mengele and Heydrich and Hitler.

      • Oh go and crawl back under your bigoted little rock. I am not anti-Semitic, as anyone with a brain knows.

        And what on earth does your deranged rant about the war have to do with this thread?? Rounded off with saying I’m headed for hell! Seriously: get some help.

          • The chip and all the insecurities that go with are yours. So where did that rant come from anyway?

            And if you put Churchill et al on the same level as Heydrich and Hitler, then you must have a desperately tiny mind.

      • Fack you fack-o.

        I’m a British Christian and proud Zionist, so malign my country and I’ll kick you from here to Jordan.

        • “And if you put Churchill et al on the same level as Heydrich and Hitler, then you must have a desperately tiny mind.”

          What Britain did simply in terms of the 1939 White Paper and at Evian and Bermuda were in their own way acts of wickedness every bit as bad as the Wannsee Conference.

          • “acts of wickedness every bit as bad as the Wannsee Conference”

            There you go belittling the Holocaust – together with the hate merchants supporting your sorry post.

            • “There you go belittling the Holocaust – together with the hate merchants supporting your sorry post.”

              No surprise that you couldn’t resist a little Jew-baiting. All so very tiresome and typical.

        • “I’m a British Christian and proud Zionist, so malign my country and I’ll kick you from here to Jordan.”

          Nothing best exemplifies the preternatural arrogance of the average Brit – you know, the kind that beat up Holocaust survivors on the Exodus – than this kind of thing. So many thanks for proving my point.

          Oh, and the last time you people tried kicking Jews around, you ended up with rather a bloody nose.

          • BB, seriously?
            There were plenty of British soldiers who have done more than any other european national for the Jews during WW2 or the times prior to it.
            This does not mean there were nasty antisemites in Britain.
            I think you owe the many British servicemen and charity workers who did risk all to save many foreigners including many Jews an apology.

            Your statements leads one to believe you have something against Britain or British people in general.

            Do you?

            • “There were plenty of British soldiers who have done more than any other european national for the Jews during WW2 or the times prior to it.”

              Britain was a virulently anti-Semitic nation at that time, in many ways little different to Germany and Austria. Whether we are talking about Orwell’s numerous observations, or the national poll that was taken by the UK government and subsequently hushed up, or statements by countless British politicians like Chamberlain and Halifax, or the policies of the BBC and the Foreign Office, or Britain’s leading role in preventing Jews escaping occupied Europe and her subsequent indifference and inaction towards the Holocaust, or the conduct towards Jews on Jersey, nothing that you could put forward could possibly gainsay the reality that Britain was in effect a leading collaborator in the genocide of the Jews. Yes, Britain was fighting a war against the Nazis and obviously her victory in an indirect sense helped the remaining survivors but that was mere happenstance and absolutely nothing to do with British policy. Yes, there were individual acts of kindness, but there were individual acts of kindness in every single nation in Europe. Yes, Britain did for example take some refugees but they were for the most part made up of those who could aid the war effort or add to Britain’s scientific and academic glory and also those famous children of the kindertransporte, but they were taken in the teeth of enormous popular and political opposition. And actually, prior to their occupation by Nazi forces, Holland and France took in far more refugees that Britain.

              My only concern is for the truth. What I am not is a shtetl Jew. Would that I could say that about certain other people.

              • BB, I appreciate what you are saying but you need to take things into perspective.
                Have a quick look at the world view in the 1930’s.
                It was racist.
                You can say that Britain didn’t fancy helping the Jews and chose to look the other way and you may be right, but Britain killed far more arabs than Jews in the three years after WW2.
                Had Britain was Anti Semitic like you suggest it was I’d say they’d make sure most Jews are gone and cut their losses through oil revenues.
                After all, the Jews had very little to compete with that monopoly.

                Why did the British gave the keys to Jerusalem to a Jew upon their retreat?

                I believe the British and all europeans were very racist enf of story.
                The Jews happened to be one of many kind of people they happened to belittle.

                But you have examples such as Wingate’s Special night squads which tells you that there is no black and white. Had it been as bad as you portray it we would ha ve had similar atrocities like the ones in Babi Yar or Romania throughout Britain’s east end or Manchester.

                http://www.historytoday.com/daniel-tilles/myth-cable-street

                Britain was no different than much of europe, I give you that, but I very much doubt that much of the British public and in particuler Northern England and Scotland, would stomache such brutality that was seen in Eastern Europe during the first half of the 20th century.

                As for Shtetle Jew, I for one have ditched that when my grandma left Warsaw in 1936.

    • quibble with Tenenbom’s cheeky term all you want, but as we’ve documented continually at this blog, the Guardian’s propensity to obsessively cover every imaginable Israeli sin (and often those of Jews qua Jews), real and imagined, is beyond dispute.

    • I don’t deny it was tasteless. I just don’t understand how its worthy of coverage in a major Uk newspaper.

  1. Here we catch The Guardian in the most sordid part of a soil pipe – spouting absolute ‘drek’. You will pardon me on this one occasion, won’t you? A very happy 5775 to everyone at CFIWatch from hot and sunny Karmiel.

  2. ” most foreign journalists come to the region not to provide readers with a nuanced understanding of the region,”
    They don’t even provide readers with a basic understanding.

  3. In much the same way that Priyamvada Gopal was more outraged about ‘Time’ putting Aisha Bibi on the cover than she was about the mutilation inflicted on her by the Taliban, Guardianistas are more outraged by parodies of ISIS than they are about the actual atrocities committed by the latter.

    Particularly if the parodies are made by Jews.

  4. Now that the US feels forced to do in Syria, (although it received zero ordnance), what Israel did in Gaza, it will be interesting to see how the media reports the destroyed buildings, mountains of rubble, and, oh yes, all those civilian casualties including hundreds of children.
    Adam, you can do a ‘compare and contrast’ exercise for what is, in essence, the same thing.

    Shana tova u’metuka to one and all.

    • Hardly the same thing Roslyn.
      The terrain and land size of the ISIS occupied area is huge.
      Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the ME.
      What Israel was forced to execute was near impossible to achieve without large amount of collateral damage.