UK Media Watch prompts Guardian correction to false B’Tselem fire claim

Yesterday, the Guardian published an op-ed by Paul Mason, economics editor at Channel 4 News, titled ‘As Mein Kampf returns to Germany, the world is again awash in hatred‘.  In his op-ed, Mason notes the republication in Germany of Hitler’s Mein Kampf to make a larger point about extremism and racism elsewhere in the world, and how social media now creates “thousands of little Mein Kampfs” each week.

Among his most bizarre example within this ‘international scourge of racism and barbarism’ – a list which included the forced starvation of Syrians in the town of Madaya and mass executions by ISIS – was the following:


In addition to the fact that Mason, who testified at the kangaroo court known as the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, cited “race hate towards Arabs” on social media, while ignoring the far worse problem of pro-terror incitement by Palestinians and PA leaders, note how he falsely attributes the fire yesterday at B’Tselem’s offices to arson.  

As we demonstrated yesterday, though the early rumors suggested arson, the Jerusalem Fire Department quickly concluded that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction. Indeed, the very Guardian/Reuters article embedded in last sentence was correctly updated, to reflect the Fire Department’s conclusions, many hours before Mason published his op-ed.

We contacted Guardian editors to note the error, and they upheld our complaint. The passage in question has been completely removed, and the following addendum added at the bottom of the article.


We thank Guardian editors on the prompt correction.


5 replies »

  1. He might as well have cited the recent North Korean nuclear test as a similar “evil” equating to Israeli defence policy. It is what I term a prejudicial equation…….Mein Kampf = Israeli policy to the Palestinians; & the North Korean nuclear test = Mein Kampf and so on. In the end we have 5 apples = 6 oranges. Here’s another equation: Paul Mason = a libellous bigot.

  2. It is indicative of Mason’s blind hatred of Israel that he can possibly consider comments on social media in Israel to be equivalent to the mass-murder going on across the Middle East and elsewhere. The eagerness that he pounced on the false report of arson at the B’Tselem office is also telling of his vindictive belief in the assumed evils of Israel.

    Perhaps even worse is the way this demionstrates the overall environment that permeates the Guardian’s editorial staff. Although the Guardian had actually corrected its own report from Reuters the editor who agreed to publish Mason’s article was similarly unable to see, or unwilling to remove or correct, Mason’s inclusion of this false report on the fire until Adam drew their attention to this fallacious claim.

    • That is an interesting question. Arabs are often termed a Semitic people, although in the Mahgreb they may be called ‘Hamitic’. Back at school in the year dot I learned that there were essentially 4 races in the world. There were Caucasians, Negroids, Mongoloids and Australoids. All other quasi-racial definitions were simply sub-groups. Today, somewhat erroneously, you can be accused of racism because you express a strong dislike of a particular nationality. The Arabs like the Jews are a nation, but like the Jews they are difficult to accurately put into a specific racial category. There are a variety of differing views on this subject and I would not wish for anyone to read my comments as being dogmatic. Other views also have validity.