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CiF Watch follow up: Guardian blogger axed after crazy post about Gaza War


During the summer war in Gaza, we posted about Nafeez Ahmed, who published a truly bizarre, conspiratorial-minded post (at the Guardian’s Environmental blog!) claiming that Israel’s war was largely motivated by the desire to steal Palestinian natural gas.

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As we noted at the time, Ahmed’s theory on the “root cause” of the current conflict – which we fisked here – was not at all surprising given his history of such fanciful “truth” telling regarding the evidently “secret”, untold histories of the 9/11 attacks and the 7/7 London bombings.

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We didn’t hear from Ahmed since then, and recently learned why. 

He was fired by the Guardian.

In a post at a site called Mint Press News, Ahmed explained recently how he was “censored by the Guardian” for writing about “Israel’s war for Gaza’s gas”.

After writing for The Guardian for over a year, my contract was unilaterally terminated because I wrote a piece on Gaza that was beyond the pale.

On 9th July 2014, I posted an article via my Earth Insight blog at The Guardian’s environment website, exposing the role of Palestinian resources, specifically Gaza’s off-shore natural gas reserves, in partly motivating Israel’s invasion of Gaza aka ‘Operation Protective Edge

The day after posting it, I received a phone call from James Randerson, assistant national news editor. He sounded riled and rushed. Without beating around the bush, James told me point-blank that my Guardian blog was to be immediately discontinued. Not because my article was incorrect, factually flawed, or outrageously defamatory. Not because I’d somehow breached journalistic ethics, or violated my contract. No. The Gaza gas piece, he said, was “not an environment story,” and therefore was an “inappropriate post” for the Guardian’s environment website…

Within the hour, I received an email from a rights manager at The Guardian informing me that they had terminated my contract.

Ahmed later explains the Guardian’s TRUE motivations:

A senior editor of a national British publication who has written frequently for The Guardian’s opinion section, told me that he was aware that all coverage of the Israel-Palestine issue was “tightly controlled” by Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian’s executive editor for opinion.

Another journalist told me that a Guardian editor commissioned a story from him discussing the suppression of criticism of Israel in public discourse and media, but that Freedland rejected the story without even reviewing a draft.

Several other journalists I spoke to inside and outside The Guardian went so far as to describe Freedland as the newspaper’s unofficial ‘gatekeeper’ on the Middle east conflict, and that he invariably leaned toward a pro-Israel slant.

Though Ahmed did quote from Freedland’s reply to his initial allegations, he further accused the Guardian editor of failing to address “allegations that he has previously quashed stories which are critical of Israel on ideological grounds rather than reasons of ‘journalistic integrity.’” 

Ahmed’s conclusion:

This is perhaps not entirely surprising. A book commissioned by The Guardian, Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel, by Daphna Baram, documents clearly the connection between the newspaper and Zionism, noting for instance that Guardian editor CP Scott had been central to the negotiations with the British government resulting in the Balfour Declaration and the very conception of the state of Israel. Her conclusion is that despite becoming increasingly critical of the occupation after 1967, The Guardian remains staunchly pro-Zionist, its staff devoting “inordinate time and effort” to ensure “fairness to Israel.”

Yes, but of course. The Guardian is a Zionist propaganda sheet whose editors bend over backwards to ensure that Israel isn’t subjected to unfair criticism!  How did we miss that fundamental ‘troof’ in over five years of contextualizing the Guardian on these pages?

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  1. He should try some Scandinavian papers. I hear the ” Zionist organ harvesting operation” is still ongoing in Sweden. Or maybe Ahmed can set something up with Sheen and Blumenthal ? You know, like storm the German parliament and take some Leftists hostage, then blog about it. Video please!

  2. A senior editor of a national British publication who has written frequently for The Guardian’s opinion section, told me that he was aware that all coverage of the Israel-Palestine issue was “tightly controlled” by Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian’s executive editor for opinion.

    Yes. Freedland is an extremist Zionist and the Guardian is another Neocon/Ziono controlled propaganda rag.

    We all know this to be (inherently) true.

    • Well if you have hung out in Arab lands people will actually say this to you. And so much more.
      One of the highlights of hanging in the Muslim Middle East is that you get an idea what the Middle Ages must have been like in Europe.

  3. The irony! Resident-Jew Freedland gets Environmentalist whistler-blower Ahmed fired over posting on the wrong page. You couldn’t make it up. Well, you wouldn’t want to. The Guardian are “pro-Zionist” like Osama Bin-Laden was Catholic.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve read about the natural gas conspiracy theory on “Counter-punch” too. The only website more insane than the Guardian’s reader comment section. Ahmed has a full career ahead of him. Slander is in hot demand.

    • The problem with Israel is that its place in the global order – alongside the US – depends on it being a very sophisticated gun for hire. It keeps order and disorder in the Middle East at Washington’s behest and in return it gets to plunder the Palestinian territories and ethnically cleanse the native population.
      Cook is definetely a conspiracy nerd.

      • It tells a lot about the guy that he published a book titled “Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair”. One sick puppy…. Do these people make a living solely by writing about Israel?

      • “Cook is definetely a conspiracy nerd” – actually, the technical term is ‘paranoid-schizophrenic’. Most of these people seem to be somewhere along that spectrum. Some of them so far along that they practically fall off the far end.

        • Yes. I get a similar idea when watching these types. Although merely a hobby psychologist, I do sense great vanity and a strong urge to be on camera or in front of an audience. Often they are clearly acting, badly. ‘gravitas’ is what is attempted to be conveyed, I think.
          Staging fights and discussions is a tool within the media battle. You can be filmed urinating against a wall, if it is tagged with the appropriate hashtags it will fly.
          If you watch the Twitter feeds there is a game being played of catch phrases and hashtags to go viral. That feeds the ego. That you can be this clown and with an iPhone you go around the world for a few hours. The MSM is so needy in its 24h cycle it will give any muppet a minute or two. ‘Middle East specialists’ quoted in the Western MSM turn out to be Western Leftist Student’s-on-the-way-to-activist studying at AUC or AUB. For at least three years Syria is off the travel path for most. This concentrates them even more in Cairo, Aza and Judea and Samaria & Jerusalem.
          The players are jockeying for position. The media is a great way to establish your credentials. It translates into living off it. Al Jazeera, with all its formats and different stations, EI, mondoscheiss, yada yada yada. They are feeding into a need of hate.

          • Well, that’s all true, but it covers several other aspects in addition to the detachment from reality, which is what characterises the troofers:
            – You mention dreadful narcissism, which is very much a characteristic of ‘media’ people in general and of BBC ‘stars’ in particular (think of those hugely overrated people like Paxman, Humphries, Snow, …);
            – Immaturity (eternal 16-year olds pretending to be ‘activists’, e.g. Tariq Ali);
            – There is an audience for hate, but many of the players themselves need an outlet for anger and hate, sometimes arising from strong feelings of inadequacy.
            There are also those combining some or all of the above.

    • This link is a nugget of shit. Thank you.
      I have had my eye on Cook for some time. He is a true nutter. Out there chasing insanity from the hills of Nazareth. He is very good at it. They even give him prizes. Because he is so fearless.
      In the link he talks about the great conspiracy.
      Similar to Kenneth O’Keefe, a video of him speaking infant of British Neo Nazi’s.

      This guy had 45 minutes on BBC hardtalk.

      • I found the Hardtalk interview online and managed about 13 seconds of the man’s bile. The comments BTL are truly appalling and often deranged – very apt, given the interviewee.

      • As I ever think when I listen to this sort of crap, I wish Jews were as powerful as “people” like O’Keefe think is indisputable.

        Perhaps then, Jews wouldn’t have to pay for security on their schools, synagogues, social centres around the world.

        Perhaps then Jews wouldn’t be poor (oh yes, there are poor Jews even here in cosy, prosperous Hertfordshire – just this week, we received emails asking for urgent help for members of my own Jewish community who need help as they are unable to meet their bills, feed their kids, heat their homes).

        Perhaps then the one and only Jewish state wouldn’t have to defend itself from attacks on its very legitimacy and existence – not only directly from those who have claims on the same land, but from nations and people many thousands of miles away who have nothing … NOTHING … to gain or lose by Israel’s existence.

        I could go on, but I hope I’ve made my point.

        • And, if Jews were so all-powerful, with an “infinite supply of money”, and ordering the public servants in the way he says, I’m sure it wouldn’t be beyond their wit to arrange for a “little accident” to happen to anyone like O’Keefe, who has discovered this dreadful “truth”. Wouldn’t it?

    • I actually made it as far as where he designates Seumas Milne and Owen Jones as “genuinely progressive”. But no further.

      • “I actually made it as far as where he designates Seumas Milne and Owen Jones as “genuinely progressive”. But no further.”
        It looks like we both got up and left the theatre at the same time. ;0)

  4. The Guardian is a Zionist propaganda sheet whose editors bend over backwards to ensure that Israel isn’t subjected to unfair criticism! How did we miss that fundamental ‘troof’ in over five years of contextualizing the Guardian on these pages?
    You must look at the broader picture, Adam, Al Guardian is a Pro-Zionist paper disguised as Anti-Zionist that wants to destroy the deep solidarity and commitment of Anti-Zionists by framing them as Antisemites and conspiracy nerds. That`s why the staff publishes anti-Israel comments, articles and pictures that are destroying the moral, mental and political reputation of Anti-Zionists. Isn`t that obvious? It`s a honeytrap.
    🙂

    • You mean, a false-flag operation by the Mossad’s psy-ops department? Sometimes that seems the only possible explanation.

      • Decisive positions of the paper are held by representatives of the Elders. which must be true because the man of the hairdresser of the sister of the friend of the mother of my friend saw a youtube video of a conference of scientist at an institute where a youtube video was disolayed ….

        🙂

    • I have to say it is amusing to see the odd post BTL at the G. accusing the paper (after seeing their filthy trolling removed) of being in cahoots with the lobby etc. ….

  5. As-a-jew Jonathan Freedland as an agent of the council of the Elders of Zion controls the mouthpiece of the Zionist propaganda machine – one of the most antisemitic English language mainstream paper in Europe.
    The guy is more disturbed than our Jew-hating moron de jour Tamara/Noam/AbuOfThousandNames…
    But one thing I believe him. When Freedland wrote down the sentence I had … not the slightest knowledge of your piece on Gaza’s gas until a few hours ago. – a full squadron of flying pigs flew over the Tower bridge.

    • You hit the button on the head. He never heard of the Gaza gas issue until the writer made it up. At least they have started fixing the wrongs at the Guardian, may they continue in this direction.

    • Freedland an “as-a-jew”? And the G. “one of the most antisemitic English language mainstream paper in Europe”?
      Freedland “more disturbed than our Jew-hating moron de jour Tamara/Noam”? Look in the mirror, peter.

      Stop it, peter. It’s embarrassing.

  6. my Guardian blog was to be immediately discontinued. Not because my article was incorrect, factually flawed, or outrageously defamatory.

    Not – just very, very defamatory.

    And then he blames Freedland!