“It is really no surprise that, in a media world that has been so compromised by an invasion of political partisans and inarticulate airheads with communications degrees, a fake journalist can seem more trustworthy than the real thing.” -David Horsey
Many years ago in the UK, I worked for The Guardian. I have to admit I didn’t work in the editorial department, but I had day-to-day contact with many of the paper’s internationally respected columnists and journalists. I even had to pay for the occasional round of drinks at the pub around the corner from the office.
Unlike now, 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 just a few.
Editors of the past such as Alistair Hetherington, who even now 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 spiraled downward to its current 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 their 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 sympathetic view of Israel continued, as illustrated in their Leader of Monday, June 12, 1967:
“Future security is their first concern. They will not give up the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan, or the heights overlooking 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.”
And in 2002 in 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, sadly that was The Guardian of the past. Jump ahead to 2014.
Two years ago, The Guardian broke all barriers in stoking the fire of antisemitism with a hateful speech by their associate editor, Seumas Milne.
Prior to working for The Guardian, Milne was the business manager of Straight Left, a monthly publication which followed the manifesto of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
Milne, as reported by CiF Watch said: “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.” A link to a video where Milne shows his true self can be seen at the end of this article.
And there’s more!
Presently, I understand Milne is on leave from The Guardian. On October 2015 he was appointed – oh what a surprise – the Labour Party’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, which no doubt has something to say about the British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn’s repulsive passage into the murky territory of promoting antisemitism.
“Antisemitism at the heart of Corbyn’s Labour Party: Devastating dossier exposes how extensive anti-Jewish bigotry is in Labour and poses profoundly troubling questions…”
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 Seumas Milne, The Guardians of this world and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, “Do hurry up and devour yourself. Clearly, my people haven’t got all day. It’s nearly Passover!”
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