I recently posted on the curious graphic, with a Star-of-David superimposed on an American flag, which accompanied the latest volley of Guardian approved anti-Israel vitriol (Letters: Obama’s empty rhetoric on Israel, May 23), and I was further tempted to focus on the lead letter by the senior editor of the Hamas-friendly, anti-Semitic group, MEMO, Ibrahim Hewitt, but decided instead to highlight the most egregious example of Guardian licensed animosity towards Jews who support Israel.
A Londoner named Graham Simmonds, opining approvingly of James Zogby’s CiF commentary from May 19th on “President Obama’s lack of substance on the Palestine-Israel issue”, further explained that:
“But the reality is that however genuine a US president might be in wanting to act as honest broker, the forces of bigotry and bias lined up behind Israel in the US are overwhelming.”
In the event this insidious passage needs unpacking, Simmonds is saying that the President of the most powerful nation on earth is no match against the powerful “forces” of a “bigot[ed]”, organized pro-Israel Jewish community.
The EU’s working definition of anti-Semitism includes:
“stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective – such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”
It also needs to be noted that this isn’t a stray hateful comment beneath the line of a CiF piece, which the Guardian could plausibly argue represented merely a failure of the moderation process, but one of only six ‘letters to the editor’ their editors made the conscious decision to publish.
The Guardian’s decision to grant license to such bigotry continues to make a mockery of their claim to represent an ideology which can be characterized as progressive or liberal in even the broadest definition of these terms.