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Must Jews literally be likened to Satan for media to note Palestinian antisemitism? Oh wait…


We’ve often argued that any news organization truly devoted to accurate coverage of the region must provide readers with background on Palestinian antisemitism – one of the major ideological factors driving the conflict.  

How bad is the problem of antisemitism in Palestinian society?

Empirical research suggests that it is endemic.

For instance, a Pew Global poll in 2011 demonstrated that only 4% of Palestinians have a favorable view of Jews. 

More recently, ADL commissioned an international poll and found that the Palestinians are the most antisemitic people in the world, with a staggering 93% of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza holding racist opinions about Jews – such as the belief that ‘Jews have started most of the world wars’ or that ‘Jews have too much control over the global media’.

This is the context in which to view a new report by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) on a children’s cartoon broadcast on the network of Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah Party (in honor of Ramadan) that literally accused Jews of doing the work of Satan on earth.

PMW explained that presenting Jews as agents of Satan who bring evil into the world is “a part of the PA’s religious ideology”, and noted that Abbas’ advisor on Islam recently stressed that PA ideology views the conflict with Israel as “a conflict with Satan“.  Further, a poem teaching that “Zion, is Satan with a tail” has been recited by Palestinian children six times in recent years on official PA TV, most recently in 2015.

A couple of weeks ago, we also noted that the British media similarly ignored a speech by Abbas evoking medieval antisemitic tropes by accusing Israeli rabbis of calling for their government to murder Palestinians by “poisoning the wells”.

The media’s failure to report such regressive, racist attitudes within Palestinian society contrasts sharply with their tendency to contextualize every conceivable Israeli imperfection as a sign the nation is descending into the “far-right” political abyss – an egregious double standard which continues to profoundly distort British news consumers’ understanding of the conflict.

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  1. Manufacturing Consent, by Chomsky and Herman, is enlightening on this subject.
    I suppose that the issue of “Jewishness” will prevent the usual suspects from reading their book with anything approaching fair-minded objectivity, though.

    • In other words, the entire point of your post is simply to put down some people rather than to enlighten anyone.

    • Mr. Turnbull the book you cite was first published in 1988.
      Even allowing for a new edition in 2002 with a new introduction, would you agree with me that the media has changed considerably since 2002 and beyond all recognition since 1988?

      • With both world domination, convert or die ideologies (Christianity – a hoax, and Islam, son of Christianity) gunning for Jews for the last 1700 years, it’s hard to imagine anyone ingrained in their racism from birth could not hate Jews, including some Jew hating Jews, like the senile Chomsky.

        • “With both world domination, convert or die ideologies (Christianity – a hoax, and Islam, son of Christianity)”
          What a load of old bollocks!

          Madam you are as entitled to your opinion of Christianity as I am entitled to an opinion of you. Based on that line alone you clearly have more tits than you have brain cells.

  2. Hopw will the Guardians favourite asajews square this one? ‘Oh that’s not us, we’re the Jews who hate Jews’?

  3. The most Far-Right, Ultra Conservative people are Islamists/Fascist Iran/Taliban/Muslim Brotherhood/Boko Haram/ ISIS – yet that doesn’t stop the Far-Left, Ultra Regressive Socialists from siding with them.

  4. The only place where Sand Nazis defeat Jews is in cartoons. On the battlefield, reality is a Bitch and a Nakba.

  5. These psychotic palestinians have an evil blood fetish….Mainly for Jewish blood….they kill women children old men young boys and girls babies pregnant women……They preach and practice hatred,their cartoons are the absolute pits…Most probably drawn by insane asylum inmates….These are the scum bags that the Guardian and the BBC serve as apologists and as accomplices…

  6. If the only Jews you ever met were ripping off your land and water, abducting your children in the dead of night and transporting them to a foreign country, bulldozing your humble dwellings, I would think your opinion of Jews would be ambivalent at best.

    • Bellend the only Quaker I have any contact with is you.
      Is it fair to judge all Quakers by the incredibly low standards of, ignorant, repugnant and racist behaviour you demonstrate?

    • If the only Muslims you ever met were ripping off your land and water, ripping off heads of captives, abducting your women and children in the dead of night, bombing your humble dwellings and passenger planes, marathons, night clubs, satirical magazine offices, music halls, mosques, churches, temples, schools, I would think your opinion of Muslims would be ambivalent at best.

    • You forgot to add the poisoning of the wells, the illegal organ harvesting, the use of gentile children’s’ blood in the Passover ritual Bellamy. What happened? You can’t find your beloved and well read copy of the Protocols?

    • Bellend your response is not logical.
      Of course one instance can ‘hack it’.
      It depends on the instance.