H/T Just Journalism
Abdel al-Bari Atwan, editor-in chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, and CiF contributor, who dreams of Iranian nuclear missiles raining down on Israel, and was last seen using Comment is Free as a platform to justify violent religious extremism, was recently quoted praising the terrorist attacks in Eilat which resulted in eight Israeli deaths.
According to a translation from MEMRI, al-Bari Atwan recently wrote:
[self-sacrifice] operation near Eilat had put the Arab revolutions back on track: “This attack put the spotlight back on the most important struggle – [the struggle] for the honor of the Arab and Islamic nation,
Resistance is a legitimate right as long as land is occupied and the people and holy places are humiliated… Any democratic change that is born out of the Arab revolutions but does not embrace the resistance will be [only] a partial and superficial change, incompatible with the principles of Arab and Muslim honor. Democratic revolution and resistance to the occupation are two parallel lines… complementing one another…
The Eilat operation, as I see it, corrected the course of the Arab revolutions and refocused them on the most dangerous disease, namely the Israeli tyranny. This disease is the cause of all the defects that have afflicted the region for the past 65 years… [emphasis mine]
No, it’s not surprising.
But, I’d love to know at what point the Guardian’s continuing sanctioning of voices who openly support terrorism, violence, and decidedly reactionary politics, will earn them the universal reputation as a newspaper which makes a mockery of the values which liberalism has historically championed.
- Abdel Atwan’s CiF piece and the Guardian’s role as platform of choice for religious extremists (cifwatch.com)
- Report documents Guardian’s consistent promotion of commentators who reject Israel’s right to exist (cifwatch.com)
- How the Guardian downplays terrorist attack on innocent Israelis (cifwatch.com)