In the spirit of continuing the anti-Israel barrage in commemoration of the upcoming one-year anniversary of Operation Cast Lead (well actually, on second thoughts, the Guardian doesn’t need a special reason to bash Israel), “Comment is Free” just published a new article by Theobald Jew, Neve Gordon, whitewashing Palestinian terrorism.
It is well known that the Guardian moderators censor views that do not comport with its own world view. Only yesterday we had Tom Wonacott’s comment deleted from the Lerman thread which happened to be perhaps the only on-topic comment on the thread, and Tom’s comment was one of a number of pro-Israel comments that were inexplicably deleted.
Here’s a stark example of the Guardian World View in action on the Gordon thread with the deletion of this comment.
23 Dec 2009, 12:29PM
More Guardian apologia for terrorists.
The Palestinians are victims, but as much victims of their own flawed mythologising and manipulative supporters as the state of Israel. Until they realise that Syria and Iran support them through naked self-interest, the sooner they may come to see that their only future lies with reaching an accommodation with the state of Israel.
Given that the Guardian regularly gives a platform to terror apologists and has even gone as far as to host articles by terrorists themselves including Khaled Mish’al, JeremyinOz’s comment is completely fair and should not have warranted deletion. And with respect to Neve Gordon himself, during the Second Intifada while Israelis were enduring wave after wave of suicide bombings orchestrated in the main by Arafat’s al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, Gordon barricaded himself up with Yasser Arafat in Arafat’s Ramallah compound.
Its at times like this that I am reminded of the words of a certain daughter of a certain editor-in-chief of the Guardian who responded to a commenter’s complaint that “[t]he Guardian censors are removing all trace of posts that are [sic] do not agree with their political positions.”
Let me just state categorically, we do not do this. The Guardian has hundreds of staff, and believe it or not, there is no official position to disagree with. You only have to read any article to see lots of varied opinions.
Yes that comment has about as much credibility as Matt Seaton’s comments to the JC last year when he said
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on antisemitic postings or any other form of hate speech…We do not tolerate any hate speech, and our moderators will delete comments which are antisemitic or Islamophobic or otherwise racist , as soon as they are reported to us or when we see them ourselves. That happens in minutes rather than hours or days.”