The Guardian has an online store which includes a books section.
So, I wondered, what, pray tell, did the world’s leading liberal voice offer about Israel, and upon a brief search found a few interesting titles:
More Bad News From Israel, by Greg Philo.
Philo, as we’ve noted, has warned darkly at CiF that the UK media is afraid to criticize Israel due to the Jewish state’s powerful and dangerous PR machine, and participated in a conference organized by the openly pro-Hamas group, MEMO.
Image and Reality of the Israel – Palestine Conflict by Norman Finkelstein.
Finkelstein is on record supporting Hezbollah as a legitimate resistance movement, suggested that the U.S. deserved the attacks on 9/11 and that “some things bin Laden says are true”, and “the U.S. qualifies as the main terrorist government in the world today.” In his book, The Holocaust Industry, Finkelstein said, the Holocaust “has been used to justify criminal policies of the Israeli state and U.S. support for these policies….The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of the Palestinians, and their attempts to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats.”
Apartheid Israel, by Uri Davis
While the title speaks for itself, the Guardian’s helpful intro informs us that “Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has violated most UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. This up-to-date analysis of the inherent racism in the legal foundations of the State of Israel gives a sense of new emerging anti-Zionist currents within Israel/Palestine.”
Israel/Palestine Question, by Ilan Pappe.
Ilan Pappé is the Israeli-born political science professor and historian who has been behind the attempt by the UK Association of University Teachers’ (AUT) to blacklist Israeli universities. Pappe is a proud post-modern historian who admits that, facts are irrelevant when it comes to the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. “Indeed the struggle is about ideology, not about facts, Who knows what facts are? We try to convince as many people as we can that our interpretation of the facts is the correct one, and we do it because of ideological reasons, not because we are truthseekers,” Pappe said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Soir, Nov. 29, 1999.
Power of Israel in the United States, by James Petras
I’ve reviewed this book for a previous employer, and, in addition to being a well-known 9/11 conspiracy theorist, calling Petras a mere anti-Semite simply doesn’t do justice to his open malice towards Jews. He accuses Amercian Jews of dominating political life of the United States, a community which is not only more loyal to Israel than their own country, but represents, he asserts, nothing short of a fifth column. Petras also portrays Israel as a Nazi-like state which represents the biggest single threat to peace, human rights, and democracy around the globe. Here are two quotes of literally dozens you can find here: (Petras).
“At a time when Israel was killing children in the streets of Rajah and destroying hundreds of homes under the horrified eyes of the entire civilized world…US Congressional leaders and the two major Presidential candidates pledged unconditional support to Israel, evoking the bloodthirsty cheers of investment brokers, dentist, doctors, lawyers the cream of the cream of American Jewish society.“
“The hidden horror and the voices of dissent of many US citizens are stifled by the overbearing dominance of the Jewish monopoly of the mass media.”
David Duke is the former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and perhaps the most famous American white supremacist today. On the website of his book, Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question, Duke notes that his book “is dedicated to the memory of…an Israeli Professor, Dr. Israel Shahak. Dr. Shahak believed that Jewish Supremacism has greatly harmed the Palestinian people as well as the non-Jewish community the world over. He offered strong evidence that Jewish radicals have waged an unrelenting ethnic war against Gentiles since the days of their sojourn in Egypt.”
Commented scholar Paul Bagdanor:
“Israel Shahak was a professor of organic chemistry. In his spare time he was a disseminator of antisemitic lies. Almost every falsehood invoked by the Nazis to justify the Holocaust was eventually ratified by this tenured academic at one of Israel’s most prestigious institutions.
According to Shahak, the Jews think of nothing but making money for the benefit of the Jewish state (“The force of Jewish devotion in assembling money is thought to be infinite”). According to Shahak, the Jews plan to dominate much of the world through an Israeli empire.”
He announced that “Israeli Jews, and with them most Jews throughout the world, are undergoing a process of Nazification.” He asserted that the Nuremberg Laws “are infinitely more moderate than the ‘Gentile’ regulations in Talmudic Law.” And he defamed “the Jewish establishment in the USA and its intellectual slaves,” adding that “Jewish terror is very kosher in the USA!”
The Guardian is not Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Their limited collection represents what the Guardian considers recommended reading on any given subject. As such, their online bookstore’s Israel section has the effect of informing their no doubt erudite readers that works by malicious and vile anti-Semites are consistent with their understanding of liberal values.
As I’ve noted previously, though Guardian editors may not hold anti-Semitic views themselves, they certainly have an appalling habit of legitimizing those who do.
- Image accompanying Guardian ‘letters to the editor’ post condemning Israel evokes classic canard (cifwatch.com)
- If they’re Jews send them back! (cifwatch.com)
- Mondoweiss or David Duke? Raed Salah’s defenders reach a new low. (cifwatch.com)
- What the Guardian won’t report: 73% of Palestinians agree with quote from Hamas charter about the need to kill Jews (cifwatch.com)
- Hateful Guardian reader comments about Jews & Israel beneath Daniel Levy’s celebration of Hamas (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian’s obsession with Israel and the conflicts not covered (cifwatch.com)
- Disturbing amount of anti-Semitism by Guardian readers following CiF piece about Israeli PM’s speech (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade, Ha’aretz and the political pathos of the radical left (cifwatch.com)