White – a proponent of the one-state solution, and a Brit who’s arguably one of the the Guardian’s favorite BDS supporters – has previously romanticized about the bloodshed of Palestinian ‘martyrs’, so it’s not surprising that a commentary he published at Al Jazeera on Feb. 22, titled ‘What a period of relative calm looks like in the Occupied Territories‘, was recently cross posted here:
The piece highlights an “infographic” purporting to demonstrate the number of attacks in Gaza since the ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel in November – data which, per White, “lay bare the daily reality for Palestinians and the power imbalance between the occupier and an occupied, colonised people fighting for their basic rights.”
Whilst it’s unclear if White consented to being cross-posted by Al Qassam Brigades or not, the decision by an official Hamas propagandist manning the site to promote his anti-Zionist, post-colonial agitprop represents a perfect example of the political synergy between the British anti-Zionist left and the Islamist reactionary right (what’s known as the Red-Green Alliance).
Of course, such antisemitic, misogynistic, homophobic and anti-democratic Islamist movements like Hamas don’t give a damn about political “power imbalances” or “basic [human] rights”, but are often willing to cynically employ tropes which evoke such Western values when it suits their purposes.
Fortunately for Hamas, they can continue to rely on a steady stream of putatively “liberal” ‘Comment is Free’ contributors like Ben White to run interference for this absurd ideological charade.
- Guardian’s anti-Zionist propagandist, Chris McGreal, responds to CiF Watch. (cifwatch.com)
- An extremist named Sharmine Narwani finds a home at ‘Comment is Free’ (cifwatch.com)
- “Israel-firsters”, “traitors” and other epithets hurled at Chuck Hagel’s critics by Guardian readers (cifwatch.com)
- Context-free reporting of Hamas arrests from the BBC (bbcwatch.org)