BDS

Misleading headline + obfuscation of BDS activist extremism = Guardian anti-Israel bias


In an article published in the books section of their website, the Guardian did what it always does – amplifying the efforts of marginal, extremist anti-Israel bigots who wish to completely boycott, isolate and ostracize the world’s only Jewish state.  In this particular case, some writers associated with PEN American Center signed a letter objecting to Israeli sponsorship of an upcoming PEN literary festival (The World Voice Festival). Among the signatories is Ahmed Qatamesh, who was previously involved with the terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Alice Walker.

The effort to remove Israel’s sponsorship of the event was soundly rejected by the organization.

Moreover, if you doubt our characterization of Walker as an extremist, here a few quotes by the celebrated author.

“Jesus, a Palestinian – is still being crucified.” (Alice Walker’s blog, per CAMERA)

“[Israeli] settlers are the [Ku Klux] Klan” (Alice Walker, during interview with Jesse Rosenfeld.)

“I think Israel is the greatest terrorist in that part of the world. And I think in general, the United States and Israel are great terrorist organizations themselves.”  (Alice Walker, Foreign Policy, in June, 2011.)

“I feel that the Israel that many Jews dreamed of having – that one is gone. That’s demolished. I think it’s time for people to accept that. Because what you have now is something that is so frightening. Israel is as frightening to many of us as Germany used to be.” (Alice Walker: Why I’m joining the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, Guardian, June 25, 2011).”

However, beyond the characteristic decision by the Guardian not to provide any information on the extremist background of the most prominent signatories, editors chose a headline which could lead readers to believe that PEN actually heeded the boycotters call.

Here’s a side by side comparison of two headlines on the same story, one by The Forward (on the left) and the other by the Guardian, to illustrate the poor headline writing.

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As we’ve  noted, Israeli backing for the festival was not “rejected”, as the Guardian headline would likely suggest to many readers.

Misleading headline + an egregious obfuscation regarding the extremism of the BDS activists at the center of the story = classic Guardianesque anti-Israel bias.

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  1. Ok, headline misleading, substance right, and one or two dodgy supporters. That’s UK Media Watch and the Guardian for you. BTW, the only tweets I get from you guys concern Israel in a way that might suggest to some that you’re carrying water.

        • Actually I was insinuating that UKMW might be guilty of paid bias until I realised that UKMW is an agent of the foreign power it defends. Carrying water is what labourers do for their masters and it’s a perfectly respectable way to earn a living.

          • carrying water is when you can’t find somewhere to pee, and insinuating is what you do when you can post nasty comments without having to worry about the consequences. So, instead of insinuating, would you like to show some proof of your assertion?

            • See the strapline “PROMOTING FAIR AND ACCURATE COVERAGE OF ISRAEL”. And I do worry about the consequences. That’s why I’m here.

              • What in your imagination are the consequences that cause you to worry about “FAIR AND ACCURATE COVERAGE OF ISRAEL”?

                Why do you worry about these imaginary consequences?

                Would you worry less, if at all, if the coverage of Israel was, as happens so often, unfair and inaccurate?

                • The strapline is a reasonable declaration of interest. It does not worry me.
                  Coverage of Israel is indeed often unfair and inaccurate.

              • So jerontius seems to believe that the fact a person who declares an interest proves that that person is being paid. So if his wife were to say that she loved him, that would prove that she was only doing it for the money. Might be true, but it’s not a very nice thing to say, or believe.

                In Holland there is a saying “As the host is, so he believes his guests to be”. Jerontius apparently only declares an interest if he’s being paid for it. So is he being paid to make insinuating and downright offensive remarks, and who is paying him?

          • Its an NGO the responds to the bias of the media
            Supported by individuals sick of lies pumped out abnout Jews
            Since you are a supporter of lies and propaganda against jews of course you are not a fan

          • Does this have anything to do with Jews coming from outer space?

            I can smell a paid Arab apologist from a mile away. That’s the game, right? Sign up for ISIS and then complain about Hasbara?

            Fucking loon.

      • Levick once again misleads his readers. Israel is not officially designated as a “Jewish State” rather it’s a Jewish “Homeland” – a very important distinction.

          • Please highlight where the words “Jewish State” are mentioned in the Mandate. You’ll have trouble, because they do not exist.

            • Margrain,

              “Please highlight where the words “Jewish State” are mentioned in the Mandate. You’ll have trouble, because they do not exist.”

              Not only are you living in the past, you have confined yourself to a small section and given it the narrowest interpretation to fit your own agenda. I suppose that’s your way of escaping from reality. BTW, the words “Palestinian People,” “Palestinian State,” or “Palestinian Homeland” are nowhere to be found in the Mandate either, or any other mandate for that matter. None mentions the establishment of an Arab State west of the Jordan River.
              But UNGA 181 did propose dividing the remains of the Mandate into a Jewish State next to an Arab State, which the Arabs rejected. So I guess the UN interpreted the terms of the Mandate in a different way then you do, i.e., that there be the establishment of Jewish State. Oops, no mention there of “Palestinians” either. You lose.

                • No. We do not.
                  “UN interpreted the terms of the Mandate in a different way then you do, i.e., that there be the establishment of Jewish State.”
                  Also the Zionists interpreted the Mandate as permitting the founding of a Jewish State. So did the Arabs. The Jewish State was founded and joined the UN. Everyone knows it is the Jewish State. Even you.

                  • Jeff, National home does not necessarily equate to State To illustrate my point, the Italian national home is also the State. By contrast, the Maori National Home is not the Maori State which is part of the State of New Zealand. Exactly the same way as the British intended the Jewish National Home to be in The State of Palestine.
                    Got that?

                    • “National home does not necessarily equate to State”

                      But it did in this case. The Jewish national home is the Jewish State of Israel.
                      Here’s what I found through experience over the years: Hard left extremists confusing the phrase “doesn’t necessarily” with “doesn’t.”

                    • “Exactly the same way as the British intended the Jewish National Home to be in The State of Palestine” – stupid ignorant nonsense from the usual stupid ignorant source.

            • Moving the goal posts? Your question didn’t specify Mandate.

              If you want ‘official’ mention, it occurs five times in the Israeli Declaration of Independence
              I would really like to hear your groans as you attempt to explain away the designation of Israel as the Jewish State by the Guardian.

            • Moving the goal posts? Your question didn’t specify Mandate.

              If you want ‘official’ mention, it occurs five times in the Israeli Declaration of Independence
              I would really like to hear your groans as you attempt to explain away the designation of Israel as the Jewish State by the Guardian.

                    • We’ve all read your tripe, your Lordship. And having done so, not only can we identify you as a small minded bigot, but that you’re also too stupid to recognize this. You’re the embodiment of the John Cleese video in which Mr. Cleese ponders about the inability of truly stupid people to recognize how truly stupid they are.

                      Do you have a mirror? You should use it next time you have a question as to why people laugh at your sorry self.

                    • Oh, but Danyellow, turning a blind eye to antisemitism where it does exist is all the rage nowadays. Pretending it away is the fashion of the day. And you are nothing if not a dedicated follower of fashion.

                    • Jeffrey, antisemitism is repugnant. But so are the false claims of those who shout it for political purposes:
                      “It’s a trick, we always use it.”

  2. Send homosexual of color writer Alice Walker to Gaza and Fascist Iran to report on how her fellow gays are treated.

  3. While eagerly report this “angry letter”, the Guardian somehow overlooked this example of cultural anti-Semitism that Alice Walker would no doubt approve of, noted by Elder of Zion and others:

    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2016/04/riyadh-book-fair-features-lots-of.html

    Wonderful! A book fair that the US supports and that teaches Arab readers about other cultures, politics and technology!

    And…Jew-hatred!

    Here is booth F66, Dar el-Kitab el-Arabi, with certain books highlighted (go to the article to see the picture).

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/04/06/state-department-explains-why-u-s-participated-in-saudi-book-fair-that-displayed-famously-anti-semitic-works/

    The State Department on Tuesday said that it was not aware that anti-Semitic books were displayed at the Riyadh International Book Fair in Saudi Arabia in which the U.S. Embassy participated.

    Following a blogger’s revelation that the works displayed included anti-Semitic screeds about the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and “Mein Kampf,” Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said that the U.S. condemns anti-Semitism “in all its forms” and would weigh “very heavily” participating in the book fair next year.

    • “The Jews want peace, the Arabs don’t”

      Leaving aside the racist sectarianism implicit in the above sentence, you might be surprised that it is demonstrably and factually wrong.

      • “The Jews want peace, the Arabs don’t”

        Leaving aside the racist sectarianism implicit in the above sentence, you might be surprised that it is demonstrably and factually wrong.

        And you will ‘demonstrate’ it?
        Go ahead.
        I’m watching and waiting.

        • All that is required is a fair and impartial historical appraisal that neoZionists NEVER provide.

          • Margrain, you are a waste of time.
            If you say ‘demonstrably’ you imply that you personally are able at the time of writing to demonstrate the fact in question. Otherwise you admit to being a liar and a fool.