How anyone in the media can cover the latest Flotilla as a movement which represents progressive politics, in even the broadest sense of that word, is truly one of the mysteries of modern journalism.
As I pointed out previously, one of the literary celebrities on board the U.S. vessel is Alice Walker – who is on record comparing Israel with Nazi Germany. You’d think that a movement affiliated with someone leveling such an ugly and hateful charge would diminish the progressive luster of the movement, but the Guardian, as with much of the mainstream media, has demonstrated a tremendous capacity at ignoring facts which contradict a preconceived narrative of immutable Palestinian victimhood and Israeli villainy.
More recently, the U.S. Boat to Gaza, which is about to set sail in order to break Israel’s blockade of lethal weapons flowing into Hamas-controlled Gaza, is proudly advertising a benefit featuring Gilad Atzmon.
How anti-Semitic is this acclaimed jazz saxophonist?
Here are a couple quotes which would seem rather, let’s say, unprogressive:
“They try to call me an anti-Semite, I’m not an anti-Semite. I’ve got nothing against the Semite people, I don’t have anything against people – I’m anti-Jewish, not anti-Jews.”
“I think Jewish ideology is driving our planet into a catastrophe and we must stop.”
“The Nazis were indeed . . . evil. They did things that were disastrously inhuman and unacceptable. But this doesn’t mean the Jewish ideology is correct, because in fact Jewish ideology and Nazi ideology were very similar.”
And, check out these gems:
“I’m not going to say whether its right or wrong to burn down a synagogue. I can see it as a rational act.”
“Jewish lobbies certainly do not hold back when it comes to pressuring states, world leaders, and even super powers. AIPAC’s behavior reminded me of the Jewish declaration of war against Nazi Germany in 1933.”
“We must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously…American Jewry makes any debate on whether ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world by proxy.”
This is more than mere bigotry against Jews. Its’ rhetorical evil that is simply indistinguishable from Nazi and other classic expressions of historical Jew-hatred.
Yet, despite such odious associations, the flotilla movement will continue to be covered by the Guardian as a force of liberalism, and characterize its critics as Zionist apologists – further proof of the profound and stunning moral inversion which continually informs coverage of the Middle East by the “world’s leading liberal voice.”