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Guardian’s photo choice again illustrates their obsession with Israel


Even by the standards of the Guardian Left, George Monbiot represents an extreme example of those commentators who go beyond mere hostility to Israel and the United States, but, more broadly, seem to wake up in the morning convinced that reactionary jihadists are actually victims of the democratic (“imperialist”) West. 

Though his Oct. 21st op-ed in the Guardian is about the ‘duhumanising rhetoric’ used by political leaders to demonize and exploit vulnerable minority groups, he naturally avoids citing the most egregiously racist and violent Islamist extremist movements, instead citing – as examples of those who use dehumanising rhetoric to render people expendable – Israel, the UK and the United States.

 Here’s the photo Guardian sub-editor’s chose to illustrate his op-ed (Cleansing the stock’ and other ways governments talk about human beings).

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The decision by Guardian editors to use this photo – one over five years old which shows the IDF, during the 2008-09 Gaza war, using a smoke screen to protect against Hamas anti-tank units operating nearby – is especially telling when you consider that only 24 words in Monbiot’s 1,000 word essay actually pertain to Israel.  In contrast, 246 words are used in the column to describe the violence meted out by US forces in Iraq and Pakistan, yet editors decided not to use any of the myriad of photos from those long-running conflicts.

While the fact that Monbiot’s outrage over man’s inhumanity to man does not evoke for him disturbing images of brutality by movements such as ISIS, Boko Haram or al-Qaeda speaks volumes about the immense moral blind spot of such faux progressive commentators, the Guardian’s decision to illustrate his column with an old photo from Gaza reinforces the media group’s well-earned reputation as the leading anti-Israel voice in the mainstream English language media.

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  1. leading antisemitic voice in the mainstream English language media, not ‘anti-Israel’.

    Of course, the BBC, C4 and the Independent are breathing hard down their necks. It’s a photofinish, really.

    Monbiot is certifiably mad.

  2. Al Guardian is approaching Steven Salaita land and getting ready to land. The flaps are down and the landing gear is coming dow as well.
    I am afraid we will see more of this.
    In contrast, please read the NYT’s article on how Islamofascists tortured Western hostages before cutting their heads off on camera. In today’s NYT.

  3. While the fact that Monbiot’s outrage over man’s inhumanity to man does not evoke for him disturbing images of brutality by movements such as ISIS, Boko Haram or al-Qaeda speaks volumes about the immense moral blind spot of such faux progressive commentators,

    The best way to describe it is ‘inverted morality’. Which it really is but insults the intrinsically positive connotation of the word ‘morality’.

  4. Is George aware how 3-month old Israeli babies are considered by the Palestinian leadership? Better yet, is he aware how the death of the 3-month old baby was really the fault of Israel based on his own newspaper’s behavior?

    I’m all for studying the use of language, but don’t over-generalize, and don’t ignore the elephant in the room.

  5. I look forward to the day in the not to distant future when the Left will find itself in a corner when Islamofascists start beheading people in Western streets more often and shredding commuter trains as they pull into railway stations.
    Missing convincing answers the Left will find itself isolated in the Western debate. Greenwald’s latest Ottawa-murder-relativism ( with the mandatory hair splitting on what ‘exactly’ he means when he finds sympathy for people who think it is 950 AD )
    is a taste of things to come.
    The sad thing is that Snowden and Greenwald only ever publish files about surveillance tactics. I dare them to publish translated transcripts of Islamofascists plotting mass murder across the planet.
    If the Intelligence Services ever opened up about what they know and who they are watching across Western nations, the Left would be swept away in a tsunami of citizen outrage.
    In Germany the internal security services do not have the man power to investigate and watch vast numbers of Islamofascists. There are literally ten of thousands of potential jihadist according to the Ministry of the interior.
    All people who wish to ‘cleanse the stock’ of Jew’s and other ‘animals’.