Again at the Guardian, the suggestion that Jews or Israel control Western foreign policy

Before turning to the latest example of a Guardian contributor accusing Jews or Israel of controlling Western foreign policy, here’s a brief review of such problematic language over the past few years which was addressed by Guardian editors.

1. Following an essay by John Whitbeck published in the Guardian in Dec. 2010, the CST’s Mark Gardner wrote to the paper’s editors to object to Whitbeck’s accusation that the US is “slavishly subservient” to Israel.

Wrote Gardner:

“Can you please explain to me how this notion that the USA is subservient / slavishly subservient to Israel is any different in its rationale to the old antisemitic myth about Jews running the world through domination of politicians, finance and media?…I do not mean this as a joke, although it does read like a sick joke when it appears upon the website of a publication such as yours.”

In response, the Guardian removed the word “slavish” from the sentence “slavish subservience to Israel”.

The revised Guardian op-ed included this addendum:

“This article was amended on 17 January 2011. Language that is inconsistent with the Guardian’s editorial policy has been removed.”

2.  In Sept. 2011, the Guardian published a report by Chris McGreal (Barack Obama caught between Israel and his Palestinian promisewhich included the following passage:

“Obama followed that up by telling American Jewish leaders that he would put some “daylight” between the US and Israel after eight years of George Bush slavishly refusing to pressure the Jewish state to move toward ending the occupation.” 

We then contacted the Guardian to ask – as the word and context were both quite similar to Whitbeck’s original language – that they similarly address McGreal’s suggestion that the US President behaved in a slave-like manner to Israel.  The Guardian responded by removing the word “slavish”. They also noted the change in their Corrections section.

3. In Dec. 2012, Guardian Readers’ Editor Chris Elliott criticized (but didn’t remove) a cartoon by Steve Bell depicting Tony Blair and William Hague as puppets being controlled by Binyamin Netanyahu, in the context of expressions of support for Israel from both British leaders during Operation Pillar Of Defense. Elliott warned that the “image of Jews having a disproportionate influence over the US and British governments has often been replicated by anti-Jewish cartoonists in the Middle East since the end of the second world war”. He cautioned the paper’s cartoonists against employing such antisemitic motifs.

4. In March 2014, we posted about an extremely gratuitous (and pejorative) reference to powerful Jews in a Guardian column by Ian Black and Martin Chulov (Israeli forces seize rockets ‘destined for Gaza’ in raid on Iranian ship in Red Sea, March 6).

Here’s the original passage which we highlighted in our post:

The seizure follows a visit this week by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to Washington, where he used a meeting with Barack Obama and a stump speech to the powerful Jewish lobby AIPAC to underscore his reservations about a nuclear deal with Iran.

The Guardian subsequently amended the passage in question, changing “powerful Jewish lobby” to “powerful pro-Israel lobby”, and acknowledged that the original language was “inconsistent with their editorial guidelines”.  

Here’s the most recent example.

On Feb. 26th, 2015, Guardian editor Simon Tisdall wrote the following in an op-ed titled ‘Is Obama out to foment war with Iran.

There is bad blood between Netanyahu and Obama, two very different characters. One is a former special forces commando, the other an urbane intellectual. Maybe the Israeli leader figures he could be dealing with a like-minded Republican president such as Jeb Bush, if he can hold out until January 2017. Netanyahu knows that, however abrasive his exchanges with the Obama administration, the politically influential Jewish-American community will never allow any US government to cast Israel adrift.

Tisdall’s argument is clear. He’s suggesting that powerful American Jews in effect control US foreign policy regarding Israel.

Of course, even beyond the antisemitic pedigree of such an argument, Tisdall is grossly misunderstanding American political support for Israel. As polls have clearly demonstrated over the course of several decades, Israel remains extremely popular in America within all segments of the population. The country’s foreign policy merely reflects this clear pro-Israel consensus.

It’s a sad commentary on the influence of radical left thinking in the UK that such bigoted explanations for America’s largely pro-Israel foreign policy represent something akin to conventional thinking among so many elite opinion leaders in the country.

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  1. Sorry, for some reason the beginning of the exchange does not appear in the thread

  2. Is Galloway seriously suggesting Tony Blair was substantially paid by Israeli money? Or is he alluding to something else, e.g. Lord Levy?

  3. its time to call for the assassin wild boars and the mossad tech engineered tryffid plants to be unleashed against the Goonadian . Time to flood them with invisible dams and send the spy vultures overhead .
    Send in the killer otters ! [ if there are any ] and the chicken of Bristol

  4. oh I forgot the Israeli bee eater bird busted by Turkish counter intelligence [ may 2012 ]- a serious op .
    The shark with GPS guidance in Egypt [dec 2010]
    the 2008 poison immune rats unleashed by Zionists in Gaza
    2008 Tree Eating Sheep . Ma’an could only come up with that .
    2007 Zionists released a lion to harass farmers
    2009 Cows sent to invade across the Blue Line in Lebanon that provoked Lebanese dogs. Daily Star exclusive .
    2007 the Secret squirrel bust in Iran – well reported in Iran
    2008 Iran then busted Pigeons with invisible strings
    I cannot find the date of the mossad trained jelly fish that attacked Egypt’s sovereignty but you get the drift [sic]
    2010 the Zionist trained and infected HIV mosquito
    an eagle got nicked north of beruit once . A stork got arrested in Egypt and eaten
    kestrals often get arrested if they don’t have correct visas and travel from Israel is prohibited

    now we got goonadian reporting tryfid plants and asking whether its true or not ? That’s bloody preposterous . That’s like saying “it isn’t me saying this crap , but I hear that so and so did ….”

    • You omitted the 1997 sex-spiked chewing gum plot.

      GAZA CITY—The Israeli plot, as Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority exposed it recently, was triply diabolical.

      To begin with, it aroused irresistible sexual appetites in women, undermining Islamic morals and self-restraint. Then it sterilized them to suppress Arab population growth. Worst of all, according to Palestinian Supply Minister Abdel Aziz Shaheen, it was capable of “completely destroying the genetic system of young boys.”

      All that with packets of bubble gum. Palestinian officials maintain, having subjected the gum to laboratory tests, that it is spiked with sex hormones and sold at suspiciously low prices near schoolhouses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Variations of the story, blending pseudo-science with inventive tales of conspiracy by Israel’s secret services, have been making the rounds of the official Palestinian media for weeks.


      Then there’s the contraceptive hair product plot in Egypt (given their explosive birthrate, something they should welcome):

      ‘Mossad plotted to harm Egyptian fertility’,2506,L-4110102,00.html&date=2011-08-17

      “According to the public prosecutor’s office’s investigation, ‘Mossad agent Ofir Harrari’ instructed Jordanian Ibrahim abu-Zaid to set up a company in Egypt which would exclusively import an Israeli hair product, for both men and women, which causes infertility. This in order to completely destroy Egyptian reproduction abilities,” Al-Ahram states.

  5. One burning question:
    How did we fail to control Al Guardian? Or do we? Is Milne a Zionist agent camouflaged as Jewbaiter to seduce idiots?

  6. The notion that Americans support Israel, celebrate its independence, its resilience in the face of adversity, and its ethos & achievements, is beyond the imagination of many Europeans. Some believe the only reason America could support the existence of Israel is through Jewish trickery and treachery. This low and bigoted mentality of ancient pedigree rears its ugly head again and again at the Guardian.

    • … beyond the imagination of many Europeans. Some believe the only reason America could support the existence of Israel is through Jewish trickery and treachery.

      To be fair, there are plenty of Americans who believe that crap as well.

  7. The influence of AIPAC is at best debatable. What is absolutely out of order is Julian Borger’s “raid on Washington” (i.e. by Netanyahu) jibe in his article from today.

    Choice quote BTL had to be some loon called “Chaetoons”, who called Netanyahu’s visit “illegal”!

    Plus the featured photo of Netanyahu looking a bit nasty – a still from video footage, I presume – with his hand raised … is pretty loaded.

    • Similar comments on the loon Naomi Wolf’s FB page. The world is full of idiots with an IQ in single digits. Not sure why we are called H. sapiens. Perhaps H. idioticus might be more apt.

    • LadyTaqiyya, That “new State of Israel” isn’t beheading prisoners like ISIS or killing 200,000 people like ISIS or beheading British soldiers like Lee Rigby, or beheading captives like James Foley or journalist Daniel Pearl or murdering cartoonists in Paris.

      That and much more is the handiwork of your heroes.

  8. Socialists control World foreign policy – see how Socialists have destroyed the UK and are working to destroy the US.