A Guardianista trips down MEMRI lane

A guest post by AKUS

If there is one thing guaranteed to get the average Guardian Israel-basher frothing and foaming in futile fury at the keyboard, it is to cite a video clip from the Israeli organization, MEMRI.

For those not familiar with MEMRI, it is an organization that records and translates broadcasts and press reports from the Arabic and Persian language media, demonstrating for the English speaker the constant stream of anti-Semitic and often genocidal language directed at Israel and Jews used in Moslem media and presented to Arab and Iranian audiences.

The average Guardianista apparently prefers to believe that these literal translations from Arabic and Farsi are created from whole cloth by the world-wide Zionist conspiracy and dismisses them as “Zionist propaganda”, in a brilliant example of Orwellian or Huxleyian inversion of the truth.

I was amused, therefore to encounter the following comment:

Curious, I wanted to learn what that person left behind, and clicking on the link took me to this video from MEMRI:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJoNZKzHlK0]

It is, in fact a hilarious Libyan equivalent of “Baghdad Bob”.

To call this example of clumsily reported and amateurishly filmed paranoia a parody would hardly do it justice. It is another magnificent example of the tendency of many in the Arab world to believe in the wildest conspiracy theories.

While oivejoivej seems to ignore Israel (file under “Amazing but true”) it was amusing that a view of at least this facet of Arab media was apparent in this trip down MEMRI lane.

MEMRI is so often vilified by Guardianistas as a descent into the Hades of Zionist propaganda as they try to avoid the truth of those attacking Israel that it is a pleasure to see it inadvertently recognized for the authoritative source it is in revealing what is being broadcast in the Moslem world!

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