No, the Guardian didn’t accuse Israel of drifting into fascism as such. However, in contextualizing a few isolated pieces of legislation – blown out of proportion by Israel’s critics – within the broad Guardian lens of ‘a country moving dangerously to the right’, and featuring the word ‘fascism’ prominently within this framing, they once again amplified an intellectually unserious smear that doesn’t withstand even the most rudimentary critical scrutiny.
Most Israelis – even those who don’t support the settlement enterprise – don’t believe that continued construction across the green line (the overwhelming majority of which is located in areas which will likely become part of Israel in any future peace deal) is as important as the answer to one question: What will happen the day after a ‘peace deal’ is signed?
Freedland’s claim that the rally in question (in 1994) included a “mocked-up coffin of Rabin” is flat-out wrong and represents a recycling the far-left myth that Bibi was somehow responsible for the former prime minister’s death. In fact, as blogger Elder of Ziyon demonstrated in response to a CNN program in 2013 which advanced this allegation, one side of the coffin actually said “Rabin is burying us” (”רבין קובר אותנו”), while the other side said “Rabin is bringing about the death of Zionism” (“רבין ממית [ה]ציונות”).
Given our past experience with Matt Hill’s false allegations against Israel, his recent essay at The Independent (Aug. 15) was not at all surprising. In April, we prompted a correction by Indy […]
Since June 1967 Israel has relinquished the overwhelming majority of land captured during the defensive Six Day War, including the Sinai and Gaza. In fact, as early as June 19, 1967 (8 days after […]
Cross posted by Dr. Martin Sherman, and originally published at the Jerusalem Post on April 6. (Editor’s note: While CiF Watch doesn’t necessarily endorse the views expressed by Sherman, his commentary, fisking the […]