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Guardian ignores antisemitism study which challenges one of their cherished beliefs


What do true free thinkers do when presented with new information contradicting their most cherished beliefs? They carefully consider the new information and adapt their views accordingly.

What do rigid, closed-minded people do when presented with new information contradicting their most cherished beliefs?  They ignore the new information.

This paradigm seems an apt way to understand the Guardian’s failure to devote any coverage to the “largest and most detailed survey of attitudes towards Jews and Israel ever conducted” in the UK. The study, released last week by CST and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), which was covered by Times of London and The Telegraph, produces “the first robust empirical documentation” on what most British Jews have understood all along: that there’s a strong correlation between antisemitic and anti-Israel attitudes. The CST and JPR report demonstrates conclusively that those who hold strong anti-Israel views (such as calling Israel an apartheid state, accusing it of genocide and denying its right to exist, etc.) are dramatically more likely to hold antisemitic views than the general population.  

This of course contradicts the dominant Guardian Left view that hatred of Jews qua Jews is distinct and separate from hatred of Israel.  This erroneous belief has informed their coverage of anti-Israel movements for years, articles and op-eds which invariably frame pro-Palestinian groups as progressive and anti-racist – regardless of evidence to the contrary.  

Though, over the years, we’ve been relentless in our criticism of the Guardian, we’ve also acknowledged that there are at least a few fair-minded journalists employed by the media group who understand and take seriously the problem of antisemitism.  We can only hope that these voices will speak up, and start a desperately needed conversation with their colleagues – many of whom fancy themselves ‘free thinkers’, yet seem impervious to new information as it concerns relationship between Israel, Jews and antisemitism. 

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  1. I think an example of my being a true free thinker is that, when I found that (contrary to one of my most cherished beliefs) the middle class were more likely to agree with me on an issue of overriding, central importance to me (staying in the EU) than the working class, and specifically that West Dorset (which I had always seen as being tweedy and stuck-up) was 10% more likely to agree with me on that matter than Weymouth & Portland (where I live and which I had seen as the most progressive part of the county, but which turned out on this matter to be the least) I considered the new information and adapted my views accordingly. Like JM Keynes said, “when the facts change, I change my mind”. It’s the same reason why I long ago stopped thinking that liking rock music was in any way “anti-establishment”, and indeed moved on from it to the forms which still are – I recognised Blairism for what it was and adapted my views accordingly.

    I fear that most Corbynites are in the category described in the second paragraph here.

  2. There’s only one thing to say about Shit Stain, and that is he has been here in multiple forms for over 3 years. That’s 1000 days of Shit Stain bitching about Jews who support Israel, on a website run by Jews supporting Israel.

    Nazis ain’t bright. That’s the message for 5778. Happy New Year everybody.