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The Guardian. “Viciously and notoriously anti-Israel.”

by Alan Simons

Many years ago in the UK, I worked for The Guardian. I have to admit I didn’t actually work in the editorial department, but I had day-to-day contact with many of the paper’s columnists and journalists. I even had to pay for the occasional round of drinks at the ‘local,’ around the corner from the office.

Unlike now, many of the editorial staff were media icons in their own right. Mark Arnold-Forster, Clare Hollingworth, Victor Zorza, John Cole, Mary Stott, Norman Shrapnel and of course Alistair Cooke in the USA, to name a few.

Editors of the past such as Alistair Hetherington who continues to be regarded as one of the leading editors of the second half of the twentieth century and Peter Preston both strove to present a balanced view. Since then the paper has steadily strengthened its biased anti-Israel position.  As Greville Janner the former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has stated, the paper is “viciously and notoriously anti-Israel.”

It may surprise some readers to learn that C. P. Scott, one of the most famous editors of The Guardian had a strong  friendship with Chaim Weizmann. It is believed that friendship played a role in the Balfour Declaration of 1917. In 1948 The Guardian was a supporter of the new State of Israel.

With Alistair Hetherington at the helm, The Guardian‘s favourable view of Israel continued, as illustrated in their Leader of Monday, June 12, 1967 16.44 BST:

Future security is their first concern. They will not give up the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan, or the heights over looking the upper Jordan valley until they know what the Arabs will accept. If there is no peace settlement, will they ever give them up?

Israel wishes to live in peace. She does not want hostile neighbours on her borders, whoever they are, for another hundred or two hundred years. She wants normal trading relations with her neighbours. The offer of generous terms is therefore still worth trying – especially if, through the United Nations and all the Great Powers, Israel’s future frontiers are effectively guaranteed.

In 2002 the paper ran a Leader which, in part said, “the Jewish community is right to fear that the repulsive antisemitism… in many Arab countries…  can find an alarming echo within some British Muslim communities.” But, that was The Guardian of the past.  And now, in 2014 The Guardian  breaks all the barriers in stoking the fire of antisemitism that twelve years ago it found quite alarming.

Here below is a video link to the speech given by Seumas Milne, the paper’s associate editor. Prior to working for The Guardian, Milne was the “business manager of Straight Left, a monthly publication of…  the Communist Party of Great Britain.” I suppose it’s a no-brainer to figure out where he’s coming from.

This associate editor of The Guardian  “in front of tens of thousands of anti-Israel protesters at Hyde Park in London, explicitly justified Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis (a refrain from his Guardian column in mid-July), and accused ‘terrorist’ Israel of  ‘industrial scale’ killing in Gaza.” (As reported by CiF Watch)

To quote Tarek Fatah, the Canadian writer, broadcaster and secular Muslim activist: “Any nation, any society, any country that is created on the basis of a hatred towards the others, will soon run out of people that it can hate or groups it can decimate and it will devour itself.” In response, I say to the Seumas Milnes, The Guardians and antisemites of this world. Hurry up, my people haven’t got all day!

Seumas Milne National Demonstration for Gaza - 09_08_14

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Quote of the week. UNRWA’s screwy world!

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The United Nations Relief and Aid Works Agency

UNRWA’s bizarro world extends to its 30,000 employees, almost all of whom are Palestinians, making it the largest employer in the West Bank and Gaza, apart from the government, and a main source of political patronage. It is, in effect, not an independent UN agency but an organ of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and of Hamas in Gaza. Not surprisingly, UNRWA facilities long ago became terrorist bases, according to the Jordan-based Journal of Palestine Studies. This view is supported by James Lindsay, a former legal advisor and general counsel to UNRWA, and former UNRWA Commissioner Peter Hansen, who told CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] “I am sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll ” and “I don’t see that as a crime.”

- Lawrence Solomon, executive director of the Urban Renaissance Institute and a member of the advisory board of StandWithUS Canada.

To read Solomon’s article in Canada’s National Post click here.

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GAZA. Yet another example of biased foreign media reporting at its worst

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Barry Shaw is the Special Consultant on Delegitimization Issues to the Strategic Dialogue Center at Netanya Academic College, Israel.  He is also the author of Israel Reclaiming the Narrative.  Yesterday, on his blog, The View from Israel - Israeli advocacy in a difficult world, he wrote about how the foreign media in Gaza have been accused of biased reporting bordering on the cynical and cowardly. As a follow-up to our report published yesterday on how an Israeli hospital welcomes children from Gaza and the West Bank, we felt Barry Shaw’s article is important enough to republish in its entirety here:

Did Hamas exploit a Palestinian girl and Sky News?

Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw

The foreign media in Gaza have been accused of biased reporting bordering on the cynical and cowardly.

Faced with the fear of what might happen to them by Hamas caused them to abandon any presence of journalistic ethics and simply regurgitate whatever Hamas gave them, or whatever they saw from their restricted vision, ignoring, of course, the rocket fire coming from outside their hotel windows until they were outside of Gaza and felt brave enough to report in hindsight what they experienced.

What’s infinitely worse is a media outlet like Sky News who, from the safe distance of their London studio, still put out emotional Hamas propaganda that takes a gratuitous swipe at Israel.

This occurred on August 10 when they repeatedly broadcast a piece on a seven year old girl who had been apparently paralysed in an Israeli air strike.

The girl is heard saying “We were sitting at home when we heard a noise. So we went down the stairs.” What noise was this? Could it have been the “Knock on the roof” pre-strike warning that this house had been sited as a terror target by the IDF intelligence? What’s this girl’s family name? Is it among the names of leading Hamas terrorists? This was partially confirmed by the girl known as Maha when she said “Me and my mother were injured, and we knew if we stayed like this we would die. But my mother stayed at home and she died.” Did her mother knowingly act as a human shield (or sacrifice) for Hamas? We don’t know. The reporter didn’t ask or investigate this.

The report stressed that there are only three hospitals worldwide capable of treating anyone in her condition, a claim I found preposterous.
There are numerous Israeli hospitals of international reputation that regular treat such injuries. In 2006, in a previous Hamas-incited conflict, another Palestinian girl was paralysed and received five years of treatment at Alyn Hospital. Her family was members of Islamic Jihad, but this did not prevent Israel from giving this girl the best of Israeli medical care at the expense of the state. When Israeli doctors thought she was well enough to continue her treatment at a Gaza hospital her family fought attempts by Israel to transfer her to a West Bank facility. So she and her family remain in Jerusalem courtesy of the Israeli state.

Sky News claimed that Maha was being prevented from leaving Gaza by Israel. Not true!
A COGAT top representative, Guy Inbar, told me that a request from Gaza had been made and accepted by COGAT on the same day, July 26, and that final details had been requested by COGAT to prepare her exit.
Nothing more was heard from the other side.

It certainly appears that Hamas has cynically played a propaganda game for weeks over this little girl. They have invited members of the press into Shifa Hospital to hear her story, rather than expedite her release for treatment.
There is an excellent fully staffed field hospital set up by the IDF on the Gaza border ready to received patients from Gaza. Only problem is that Hamas physically threatens and prevents people from getting to this facility. This also was not mentioned by Sky.
The IDF Spokesman, Peter Lerner, tweeted Sky News offering to give them information but he failed to get a response. Neither did I when I emailed Sky News a list of questions on this incident and their coverage.

It is still far from certain that a Sky reporter ever met or spoke to the girl. Were they there at the Gaza hospital, did they question, did they ask for Israeli response, or did they simply put out the story as presented to them by Hamas?
My sources in the IDF and with COGAT never received any contact by Sky News on this incident.

The Sky News item did produce some action.
COGAT was contacted by Palestinian health officials and they are coordinating with them and also with the World Health Organization to have the girl removed from Gaza as soon as a new request is received together with all the relevant documents and information. She will be removed first to Jerusalem and then on to a hospital where she can receive the best of care.

COGAT has facilitated every request received by people needing to leave Gaza for serious medical cases, one hundred and fifty in number, throughout this current Gaza conflict.

What was missing from the Sky News report was the fact that Maha is the daughter of Ahmed al-Sheikh Khalil, an Islamic Jihad commander and a munition expert. He was killed on October 29, 2011 by an Israeli air strike in retaliation for launching rockets into Israel from Gaza on the same day.

As for Sky News, I have yet to receive a response from them, despite having sent them a more strongly worded letter. Their reporting of this incident did wake up people in Gaza to take the accepted steps needed to have the girl evacuated.

But, by that time, they had exploited her and Sky for clearly propaganda purposes that have damaged Israel in a most unwarranted manner.

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Israel opens its heart to the children of Gaza

“We’re physicians. Our job is to take care of people. The children who come here didn’t do anyone harm. They need our help and we will continue to help them.” – Dr Akiva Tamir, Head of Pediatric Cardiology Unit, Wolfson Hospital, Holon, Israel.

Children from Gaza with heart disease treated in Israel despite Hamas rockets

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The Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) humanitarian project in Israel treats 150 children a year from Gaza and the West Bank. Their mission “is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child’s nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation.

“SACH is motivated by the age-old Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. By mending the hearts of children, regardless of their origin, SACH is contributing to a better and more peaceful future for all of our children.”

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When goblins take over as religious figures

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Life in the religious fantasy world

by Alan Simons

Jesus and the prophets were all Muslim? So said Sheik Muhammad Hussein, the Mufti of the Palestinian Authority who asserted some years ago that all monotheistic prophets preached the same religion – namely Islam.

This is the same mufti that said in 2012, “it is Muslim destiny to kill the Jews.” He has also claimed that Jesus and his mother Mary were Palestinians.  In a video, the PA turns Jesus into a Palestinian, who of course preached Islam.

So much for religious dialogue!

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein is the highest religious official in the Palestinian Authority. He was appointed by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

It is written that Muslims identify the prophets of Islam as those humans chosen by Allah to teach mankind. In both Arabic and Hebrew, the term nabī, plural forms nabiyyūn and anbiyā, mean prophet. The Qur’an identifies twenty-five prophets by name, starting with Adam and ending with Muhammad.

As Jews, through our writings, we are familiar with twenty of them. Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Jethro, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Fairyundertree

In response to the Mufti’s comment I say this: Don’t you think it would be just as absurd for our Jewish and Christian religious leaders to conclude that, any Muslim who readily accepts the Mufti’s teaching will be denied the right to revere the twenty prophets named above? In other words, we will take back our twenty, plus John the Baptist and Jesus, and they can keep Ishmael (well maybe), Hud, Saleh and Muhammad.

Following such a statement, I can only imagine the vicious demonstrations and threats of murder that would take place in many parts of the world against Jews.

As a civilised person you might chuckle at Sheik Muhammad Hussein’s words. Yet, this individual, who was appointed by President Abbas, his sole aim is to incite hate, intolerance and antisemitism in all sectors of society through blatant lies, misinformation and propaganda.

The Sheik Muhammad Hussein’s of this world are quite simply racists- let’s call a spade a spade. They profess to be utterly convinced that their knowledge of religion and history is boundless. Coupled with their convoluted conspiracy theories, they are unshakable in their hatred not just of Israel, but of all Jews.

We must therefore continue to hold these harebrained miscreants accountable for their virulent Judeophobia and bigotry. Any slight passivity from us will be taken as a sign of weakness, thus helping their cause further. I wish more Jews would accept this.

It would be reassuring, don’t you think, to hear something positive emanating from “moderate” Muslims against these Jew haters. But, their fear of standing out as individuals from the collective is too much to ask for. As Aboud Dandachi the Syrian activist has said: “Moderates may very well be the majority of Muslims worldwide, but moderation that is cowed, intimidated and silenced counts for little in practical terms. The world has yet to see the influence of moderate Muslims, or any proof of their ability and willingness to reign in the more extreme elements in Muslim societies.”

So, back to goblins. To quote E.M. Forster’s Howards End. “And the goblins–they had not really been there at all? They were only the phantoms of cowardice and unbelief?” 

Sheik Muhammad Hussein and his many followers are not mythical beings. They are the real thing. They believe in using whatever influence they can muster to annihilate Jews. We better not forget it! There are only 13.8 million of us. About one out of every 514 individuals in the world is Jewish.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

A message from Rabbi Lord Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

Crimes against humanity- اضطهاد المسيحيين

“The persecution of Christians throughout much of the Middle East, sub-Sahara, Africa and Asia, elsewhere is one of the crimes against humanity of our time and I’m appalled of the lack of protest it is evoked…

“What is happening to Christians in these places is, the religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing.”

 Click on the above image to hear what Rabbi Lord Sacks has to say on the subject.

The full text of Rabbi Lord Sacks’ speech can be downloaded from http://www.rabbisacks.org 

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