If the Independent wants to be taken seriously as a respectable anti-racist publication, they need call out antisemitic tropes advanced by extremists, world leaders…and even their own correspondents.
The implicit argument that the religious background alone of David Friedman and Jared Kushner renders them biased, and may help explain US policy, is a toxic and racist charge that should have no place in mainstream British publications.
Though the Telegraph is normally responsible when it comes to avoiding language that could be seen as antisemitic, this particular sentence clearly serves to legitimise the historically toxic dual loyalty trope, codified as antisemitic by the IHRA Working Definition.
Whilst it’s true that Ilhan Omar has been the target of ugly abuse by some due to her ethnic and/or religious background, such completely unjustifiable bigotry doesn’t seem intellectually dissimilar to the liberal racism which rejects universal moral standards by minimising, obfuscating or justifying antisemitism due merely to the gender, race or religion of the perpetrator.
It’s impossible to get into the mind of Fisk, but it strains credulity to conclude that, after more than 40 years as a journalist, the curmudgeonly anti-Israel reporter is now Semitically ‘woke’, having had some sort of moral awakening about the toxicity of such ‘dual loyalty’ canards over the course of twelve months.
CST’s recently released report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain 2017, is a comprehensive review of antisemitic rhetoric in the mainstream media, social media, politics and public debate in the UK last year. Its section on antisemitism in the mainstream media included an issue first flagged by UK Media Watch:
Whilst Fisk’s criticism of Ross’s AIPAC connections is legitimate (as are questions about Jared Kushner’s Israeli financial and business ties), questioning the loyalty of Ross and the other Jewish peace negotiators – suggesting they can’t be trusted to negotiate fairly with the Palestinians because of their faith – crosses the line.
An article in the Financial Times seems to legitimise charges by “critics” that senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s Jewish faith should render him unfit for his role brokering peace in Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
On May 15th we commented on an op-ed at the Guardian (written by two pro-Palestinian activists) which morally justified Palestinian antisemitism – in the context of poll which demonstrated that Palestinians are the […]
Mira Bar Hillel is Property and Planning correspondent for the Evening Standard. And, though she is Jewish, she is also prejudiced against Jews. In fact, Jews scare her quite a bit. Don’t take […]
Though we’re often in disagreement with his politics on Israel, Jonathan Freedland is one of the few Guardian journalists who takes the issue of antisemitism seriously, and his latest essay at ‘Comment […]
“Israel-firsters”, “traitors” and other epithets hurled at Chuck Hagel’s critics by Guardian readers
The empirical probability that reader comments in response to Israel-related content at the Guardian and ‘Comment is Free’ will quickly devolve into anti-Zionist vitriol is as good as the likelihood that the specific […]
Rachel Shabi is a journalist who writes for ‘Comment is Free’ and Al Jazeera whose contempt for the Jewish state, and seeming indifference to antisemitism, is consistently demonstrated. Shabi has blamed Zionism for the ethnic […]
This is cross posted at The Sad Red Earth, by A. Jay Adler There are many aspects to the current controversy over use of the “Israel Firster” term. There are people who […]
On a political culture which tolerates accusations that British Jews aren’t sufficiently loyal to UK
Paul Flynn accused the British Ambassador of being incapable of doing his job properly because of dual loyalties – a classic anti-Semitic trope, as is Flynn’s additional assertion – according to the JC – that Mr Gould does not have the required “roots in the UK”.
Regular CiF Watch readers will no doubt remember the rather hilarious video of one Pippa Bartolotti – a British participant in last summer’s ‘flytilla’ – bashing the doors at Ben Gurion airport […]
Guardian’s Chris McGreal accuses former US President of “slavishly” succumbing to pro-Israel pressure
We previously commented (here, & here), as did CST, on an appalling Comment is Free piece by John Whitbeck, On Palestine, the US is a rogue state, Dec. 29, 2010, which represented another appalling example […]
I was interviewed recently, on contemporary anti-Semitism and the role CiF Watch plays in combating it at the Guardian and Comment is Free, by Daniel Vahab, a freelance writer who’s currently conducting […]
The Guardian’s Comment is Free Editor, Natalie Hanman, recently announced their new partnership with blogs and sites around the web which they will highlight and cross-post. They announced their decision as motivated by […]
Here’s a thought experiment. Imagine you went online after the 2008 US Presidential elections and found a site with an article stating the following: “Barack Obama was just elected President of the […]