Daniel and Vittorio: The Guardian’s selective empathy

The murder, at the hands of Islamists, of anti-Israel activist, ISM member, and Hamas supporter, Vittorio Arrigoni on April 15th was reported extensively by the Guardian, whose hagiography included:

Body of kidnapped Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni found in Gaza,

Vittorio Arrigoni: pacifist supporter of the Palestinian cause

Gaza police close in on Vittoria Arrigoni murder

And, an opinion piece by Pennie Quinton:

Vale Vittorio Arrigoni, “hero of Palestine”

Inversely, Israeli teen, Daniel Viflic, who died on Sunday, April 18, as the result of brain injures sustained by shrapnel from a Hamas missile, has not been noted at all by the Guardian.

Vittorio Arrigoni was an extremist political activist whose hatred for Israel had no boundaries, who posted anti-Semitic messages and imagery on his Facebook page, and aligned himself politically with reactionary, violent, Islamist movements such as Hamas.

Daniel Viflic was an innocent 16-year-old Jewish civilian, a Yeshiva student from Bet Shemesh who was murdered when the yellow school bus he was riding on was targeted by a Hamas missile.

The near lionization of Vittorio, in contrast to the callous disregard of Daniel, is a perfect illustration of the puerile romanticism of Palestinian “resistance” on one hand, and the political abstraction that Israelis have become on the other, for those under the spell of the rigid ideology of the Guardian Left.

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