Phoebe Greenwood races to report ‘news’ that Samer al-Issawi supports BDS

We posted yesterday, March 3, about a ‘Comment is Freeessay published by convicted DFLP terrorist Samer al-Issawi – the hunger-striking Israeli prisoner who was released in 2011, during the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, and re-arrested in 2012 for violating the conditions of his release.

Issawi, whose crimes included firing an assault weapon at Israeli civilians, attempted to establish himself among CiF readers as a selfless martyr for Palestinian ‘civil rights’, and called on the international community – “especially the British” – to impose sanctions against the Jewish state until such time as all “political prisoners” (terrorists held in Israeli jails) are released.

March 3, 2013. 17:00 GMT


Well, not only did Phoebe Greenwood consider the fact the ‘Comment is Free’ essay written by Issawi (or one of his supporters) news, but, as you can see by the screen captures, the Guardian stringer based in the Middle East felt the need to rush the “story” to ‘print’.  A mere 63 minutes elapsed from the time ‘Comment is Free’ published Issawi’s piece and the time Greenwood published her report.

March 3, 2013. 18:03 GMT


In addition to Greenwood’s curious rush to post, it’s unclear why she believed in the first place that Issawi’s cynical demopathic discourse needed to be amplified.  

Was anyone really in doubt that a DFLP terrorist would support sanctions against the state whose citizens he’s actively attempted to kill?

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