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Guardian editorial on Gaza riots again illustrates its unbridled hatred towards Israel


The first thing that stands out in the Guardian’s latest official editorial on the Gaza border riots is the absence of even one use of the word ‘Hamas’ in over 600 words of text, despite the fact that the mass riots since March 31st have been organized and funded by the terror group.  This is part of a long Guardian pattern of erasing Palestinian actions from the moral calculus of the conflict. 

The anti-Israel agitprop and lies masquerading as progressive thought begins in the headline 

The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians

First, contrary to the headline’s claim, hundreds of demonstrators have in fact been ‘armed’ with molotov cocktails and other weapons and incendiary devices.  Further, it’s not only civilians ‘protesting’, as Palestinian terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been present and among the key instigators of the clashes. 

Then, there’s the strap line:

Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force

The suggestion that the IDF response demonstrates that the leadership is “channeling…Donald Trump” is nonsense, words without meaning likely written by a Corbyn-supporting editor designed purely to incite the insatiable anti-American and anti-Trump appetites of the Guardian base.  It’s also completely counter-factual to suggest that the riots based on the ‘right of return’ have anything to do with “the national aspirations of the Palestinians”.  Israel left the territory in 2005, and since then Gaza has been a Palestinian-run polity.  Gazans’ lack of freedom is owed to the fact that they voted in an Islamist extremist group which rejects liberalism, human rights and democracy. 

The lies continue in first paragraph:

It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat.

In what world do thousands of violent rioters attempting the breach the border of a sovereign democratic state, at the behest of a proscribed terror group, not represent a “credible threat”?

Further into the first paragraph, the Guardian has already deemed Israel guilty of a war crime:

Israel’s army evinced no shame in committing what looks like a war crime. These are serious accusations. Yet they were greeted with little more than a shrug.

The ‘shrug’ they sense is Israelis’ unwillingness to take seriously such immediate, knee-jerk rushes to judgment by the usual band of international delegitimisers, for whom any act of Israeli self-defence is framed as wanton – even sadistic or racist motivated – killing.

The paragraph concludes with another deception:

By blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a prison riot: a tragic fault of the inmates.

First, Egypt controls (and blockades) one of Gaza’s borders, a fact the Guardian has forgotten to acknowledge on previous occasions. Also, the partial blockade only prevents military items (largely weaponry and items that can be used to make weapons) from entering.  Further, thousands of Gazans leave their territory daily, to conduct business, get professional training and receive Israeli and PA medical care.  The image of Gaza painted in the minds of Guardian readers has little resemblance to reality.

The Guardian’s misrepresentation of the goals of the Gaza rioters continues:

This is a dangerous mindset for Israelis to embrace. Yet they have done so because the extreme right in Israel, and most of the present government ministers, nurture the idea that Israel can, through its vastly superior military force, end the national aspirations of the Palestinians.

Again, the suggestion that the border violence instigated by Hamas – a group whose leaders incite the annihilation of the Jews – has anything to do with “national aspirations” is divorced from reality.  Hamas leader Yihya Sinwar has made clear that the marches will continue until Israel’s border is “erased” and “revenge” can be exacted on its inhabitants.

The Guardian then again weaves the US President into Israel’s response to the Gaza riots.

These politicians take succour from US president Donald Trump, who has made good on his promise to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

The final two paragraphs carry on with this theme, on the putatively injurious impact to peace of US recognition of Jerusalem. 

However, the Guardian is conflating two separate events.  The ‘Great March of Return’ is not about Jerusalem or the blockade – and it’s not about Donald Trump.  It’s, as its name makes clear, organised around the unlimited right of ‘return’ – the ludicrous idea that millions of Palestinians (over 99% of whom aren’t refugees) should be allowed to live in Israel, thus erasing a Jewish majority and erasing the Jewish state.

Hamas is a violent extremist group whose founding charter (which has never been revoked) calls for the annihilation of Israel, the murder of Jews qua Jews and cites, as proof of the need to eliminate the Jewish entity, Jewish conspiracies to rule the world that have been ‘demonstrated’ in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  Any media outlet that fails to contextualise the current border violence without acknowledging that the Great March of Return has absolutely nothing to do with human rights or ‘national liberation”, and everything to do with the virulent eliminationist antisemitism of the group directing the violence, is obfuscating hardcore racism and abdigating its fundamental journalistic duty to tell the truth. 

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  1. Adam, Good morning from Toronto! I’m not sure if you read my article on The Guardian where I quoted you. Here’s the link. Best wishes to you. Alan
    jewishinfonews.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/the-guardian-britains-viciously-and-notoriously-anti-israel-newspaper/

  2. The Guardian is making and milking fake news for all it’s worth, just as its Hamastan heros do. Birds of a feather, with their ‘palestinian’ national aspirations, which are apparently to overrun Israel with Arabs to create an Arab state on its corpse.
    Of course, missing from the Guardian’s admonitions about what democratic states should do, aside from any semblance of credibility, is a gigantic blank space concerning what non-democratic, genocidal movements such as Hamas are actually doing. The Guardian recommendations on the behavior of democratic states are as worthless as its fake, obscurantist descriptions of the situation.

    In the meantime, I would like to impart a bit of late breaking news to the Guardian editors and writers: The Soviet Union is gone fellas. It’s as dead as a doornail. Communism failed. But don’t just take my word for it. Pick up a newspaper, i.e., a real one, from 1989. It’s ghost, Jeremy Corbyn, can’t bring it back.

  3. I would also like to ask the Guardian editors a direct question:

    Do you believe that the soil of PALESTINE can be cleansed of the filth of the Jews’ dirty feet with the purifying blood of the martyrs?

  4. “Guardian editorial on Gaza riots again illustrates its unbridled hatred towards Israel”

    The Guardian has a lot of hate in its heart.

  5. “The first thing that stands out in the Guardian’s latest official editorial on the Gaza border riots is the absence of even one use of the word ‘Hamas’ in over 600 words of text, despite the fact that the mass riots since March 31st have been organized and funded by the terror group”

    great way to defeat the ‘lies’ – by simply producing some of your own!

    Can you provide the evidence to back up your claim? All you have is a link to a blog which claims that one of the children who died (and at 16 he is a child) was at some point a member of Hammas. This does not mean
    a) he was a terrorist
    b) He was an adult

    …then you move on from that to a bizarre attempt at justification….

    “In what world do thousands of violent rioters attempting the breach the border of a sovereign democratic state, at the behest of a proscribed terror group, not represent a “credible threat”?”

    You throw in the ‘at the behest of’ – despite the fact your earlier claim does not come with evidence. Then you try to imply that somehow Israel was under attack by a foreign power, or foreign riot force.

    First this implies that you see ‘foreigners’ as less human than non-foreigners – pure xenophobia
    It also implies that you think being ‘under attack’ justifies murder.

    So how does that fit in with the violent invasion of the sovereign state of Palestine which occurs on a regular basis from Israel? or does that not count because they are ‘foreigners’?

    “On 29 November 2012, UN General Assembly resolution 67/19 passed, upgrading Palestine to “non-member observer state” status in the United Nations. The change in status was described as “de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine”.”