Ian Black, the Guardian’s Middle East editor, published a story on Feb. 11th titled ‘Barack Obama cruel for preparing to sell out Jerusalem says Israeli singer’, focusing on a song by Israeli songwriter Amir Benayoun which “accuses a ‘cruel’ Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu of preparing to sell out [Jerusalem] as part of a peace agreement”.
Black contextualizes the story by arguing that Benayoun “represent[s] an increasingly important demographic in Israel, and one that is unlikely to support any division of Jerusalem”.
However, save one gratuitous and arguably bigoted reference to the American President’s middle name, the lyrics of the Sephardi performer’s song are pretty tame, and the editorial decision to devote an entire article on it is especially curious given the paper’s failure to devote any coverage to official Palestinian incitement which sometimes includes explicit calls to murder “evil” Jews.
This Palestinian Authority (PA) TV music video promotes violence and martyrdom for children:
This song demands violence and jihad, and aired on a PA TV cultural show:
This kids’ music video which appeared on PA TV demands that they fight Jews for their mother’s honor:
This PA TV kids’ music video demands that kids fight the evil Jews:
As we’ve noted previously, the Guardian’s almost complete silence in the face of hundreds upon hundreds of examples of state sanctioned anti-Jewish racism – and the glorification of terror – by the PA ensures that their readers will never truly understand the dynamics representing the biggest impediments to peace in the region.
Additionally, Black’s decision to focus on one marginal example of an Israeli musical figure expressing skepticism about peace, while ignoring antisemitic cultural expressions which represent the norm within Palestinian society, provides further evidence of the media group’s inability to hold Palestinians and Israelis accountable to the same moral standards.
Such ‘bigotry of low expectations’ continues to define the ideology of the Guardian Left.
- Imagine if Israeli TV referred to Palestinian Muslims as “evil”, “barbaric” animals (cifwatch.com)
- BBC misrepresents Israeli PM’s criticism of EU disregard for PA incitement (bbcwatch.org)
- Harriet Sherwood and Phoebe Greenwood take steps towards understanding Palestinian incitement (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian’s egregious double standards on display in report on Israeli Facebook post (cifwatch.com)
- A headline about real ‘impediments to peace’ you won’t see at the Guardian (cifwatch.com)
- Another Guardian journalist falsely claims that Palestinians have abandoned terror (cifwatch.com)