In his Wall St. Journal column (“Why Hamas Atrocities Lead the Left to Hate Israel More”, Oct. 20) Shany Mor wrote that “many would think that an atrocity like Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israel would lead opponents of the Jewish state to temper their attacks”. Instead, he observed, “from college campuses to mainstream media outlets, elite left-wing circles have responded to the terror group’s barbarism by intensifying their denunciations of Israel”.
Mor argues that this behavior as “an example of cognitive-dissonance reduction, the process by which people reconcile new information that contradicts their firmly held priors”.
“Western activists for Palestinians”, he added, “are dedicated to two nearly theological precepts: that Israel is evil, and that no Palestinian action is ever connected to any Palestinian outcome”. Hamas’s gruesome attack, he concluded, “poses a threat to this worldview, and the only way to resolve it is by heightening Israel’s imagined malevolence. The terrorist atrocities don’t trigger a recoiling from the cause in whose name they were carried out; they lead to an even greater revulsion at the victim.”
No British institution has demonstrated this pathology more than the Guardian, which, since the Oct. 7th ISIS-style massacre, torture and mutilation of over 1,400 Jews, which included rape, and murdering scores children and even babies in cold blood, which forced hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens of those border communities from their homes, has published multiple pieces accusing not Hamas, but Israel, of ethnic cleansing.
What we couldn’t imagine, but always knew: that if you keep 2 million people in the largest concentration camp on Earth and bomb to death thousands of them on occasion, you create a volcano that is bound to erupt in your face one day, causing horrific atrocities in its wake.
The videos show pure, predatory sadism; no effort to spare those who pose no threat; and an eagerness to kill nearly matched by eagerness to disfigure the bodies of the victims. In several clips, the Hamas killers fire shots into the heads of people who are already dead. They count corpses, taking their time, and then shoot them again. Some of the clips I had not previously seen simply show the victims in a state of terror as they wait to be murdered, or covered with bits of their friends and loved ones as they are loaded into trucks and brought to Gaza as hostages. There was no footage of rape, although there was footage of young women huddling in fear and then being executed in a leisurely manner.
But, the Guardian will not allow the story to be about the Jewish victims of such unimaginable Hamas cruelty, and the fact that the worst antisemitic attack in the world since the Holocaust was perpetrated by Palestinians – or that the pro-Palestinian demos in London shortly after the Oct. 7 massacre can accurately be described, as the CST’s Dave Rich observed, as rallies to celebrate murder.
The media institution has invested too much in the Palestinian cause, have argued for too many years in the righteousness of the Palestinians and their supporters in the UK, that the root of the conflict is Zionist malevolence and that the Israel’s fears of the threat posed by terror groups on its borders is exaggerated to adjust their reporting, yet alone abandon their faith in Palestinianism.