Why do they hate the Jews? The Guardian and the toxicity of liberal racism.


Properly contextualizing the Guardian’s coverage of Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and and the politics of the Middle East, requires more than merely critiquing and fisking their reports and commentary regarding Israel.   An accurate understanding of the factors which inform the Guardian’s obsessive criticism of the Jewish state also demands an accounting of what they don’t report about the wider region. 

As such, their silence in the face of endemic Muslim antisemitism – including in the Palestinian Authority –  speaks volumes about the rigidity of their ideology, and the lengths to which their commentators and journalists will go to avoid facts which contradict their guiding political narrative of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, and the larger (Islamist) Arab word.

While every illiberal act or view exhibited and expressed by individual Israelis – now matter how marginal – is magnified by the Guardian and framed as indicative of Zionism’s essence, undeniable evidence that reactionary, racist views about Jews (and not merely Israelis) represents normative Arab mores is almost never explored.

The most egregiously flawed moral reasoning which informs much of the Guardian’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian (and Israeli-Islamist) Conflict is the implicit argument that Zionism (the presence of one majority Jewish state in the Arab/Muslim world ) causes antisemitism. 

Of course, even if this causation was accurate it wouldn’t excuse Jew hatred, any more than the behavior of Muslim terrorists would morally excuse Western anti-Muslim racism.

Moreover, the fact that annihilationist Islamic antisemitism predates Israel’s occupation of the West Bank – and indeed predates the existence of the modern Jewish state – suggests that such ferocious animosity represents the root cause of the conflict.

Beyond the Guardian, even liberal Jewish commentators who aren’t anti-Zionists – such as Peter Beinart and Thomas Friedman – frame every Israeli home built across the Green Line as a catastrophic “impediment to peace” and yet possess an inexplicable moral blind spot when it comes to a culture of Muslim antisemitism which historian Robert Wistrich has characterized as comparable to Nazi Germany“.

If Muslims were held to the same moral standard as Jews the following video would not only go viral, but cause genuinely liberal commentators to express the passionate moral outrage typically expressed when encountering evidence of Western racism.

But, we clearly don’t live in such a world. 

The harm to Israel (and the future of democratic values in the Middle East) caused by such liberal racism, which demands that the following chilling Jew hatred will never become part of the West’s meme, is incalculable.

(Click image to go to MEMRI video)

24 comments on “Why do they hate the Jews? The Guardian and the toxicity of liberal racism.

  1. ‘Fraid I did not understand that. I think it was saying there is anti-Semitism and the Guardian is a cheerleader for it. There was also some lunatic so called Muslim “cleric” hating Jewish people (no change there).

    Beyond that it seems to be something written in another language and translated into English by Google translate.

    If English is not the first language of the author I apologise.

  2. That is a ridiculous comment, and the author deserves an apology. Perhaps you need to reinforce your own knowledge of English.

  3. I well understood the writers article but like him I do not understand the Guardian’s psychosis, because that is what it is, a complete denial of reality to the extent it would funny if it were not so dangerous.

  4. The Guardian’s psychosis IS difficult to understand, Clive. I don’t believe it’s simply an extension of misplaced loony leftist over-identification with the allegedly oppressed – it’s deeper, more visceral than that.

    Occasionally people share their belief here that the Guardian, which as we all know is in dire straits and deservedly so, gets bailed out circuitously from Islamist organisations in the UK and elsewhere. It’s a tempting and parsimonious explanation for the numbers of anti-Israel articles and antisemitism which are tolerated by an allegedly liberal newspaper, and the fact that it allows supporters of Islamism and Islamist terror to write for it.

    Unfortunately, however, there’s no way of proving it.

  5. “If Muslims were held to the same moral standard as Jews the following video would not only go viral, but cause genuinely liberal commentators to express the passionate moral outrage typically expressed when encountering evidence of Western racism.”

    Of course we don’t live in such a world. We live in a world where Jew-hatred intertwined with Israel-hatred are so commonplace in public discourse that they are hardly noticed, and, when they are are more often than not likely to be supported by numbskulls which form the regular water carriers for Comment is Free which beds those hatreds in to the discourse.

    The loony left makes sure that the Muslims cannot be held to the high standards to which Jews and Israel are held. It infantilises them, which means that it is racist, and absolves them from guilt, blame and responsibility for all the outrages committed in the name of Islam.

    I devoutly believe that what goes around comes around, though.

  6. Very well said–and very important observations. Truth of the matter is that the Left, both in the U.S. and worldwide have inexplicably embraced the Islamists, whose behavior is often the total antithesis of what they would purport to be valuable–e.g. equal rights for women, tolerance of other religions, society of laws, free speech and press, to say nothing of renouncing violence as a way to further political goals.

    Keep up the great work Adam!

  7. They hate us because it is easy to hate us. We have been the scapegoats for Christendom and Islam for so long that they imbibe it with their mothers’ milk. They don’t even have to think about it, and the tropes of hatred come slithering into their brains.

    And to make matters worse, them Jews got uppity. We are no longer forced to accept whatever crap they care to mete out to us, we refuse to stay quiet when we are smeared or attacked, we hold up our heads, and we look them in the eye. They cannot stand it.

    Israel is Uppity Jew Central. The Guardian and its fellow travelers have no problem with dead Jews, in fact, the more the merrier, all the better for crocodile tears and protestations of regret. But living Jews? Moreover, living Jews who demand human rights for themselves and their children? Jews who fight back? They can’t stand the cosmic cacophony. So it is much easier for them to dehumanize us, to project onto us their failings and immorality, to accuse us of those things which they do but wish they didn’t, to make us, again, the scapegoat for their deficiencies.

    They hate us because that way they don’t have to hate themselves. Scratch any anti-Semite and underneath you will find a craven coward.

    • They hate us because it is easy to hate us. We have been the scapegoats for Christendom and Islam for so long that they imbibe it with their mothers’ milk. They don’t even have to think about it, and the tropes of hatred come slithering into their brains.

      I don’t think so. Partly the oppressive predilection of extremist dogmatic lefties to 1. See the Palestinians as victims, unable to take decisions for themselves and of course, being ‘brown’ skinned are hardly responsible for the bad decisions they have taken since 1947. 2. Israel has disappointed dogmatic socialists/communists/Staninists when it matured and discarded many socialist principles. 3. Israel today is very much aligned with the ‘evil’ America and the other Western Liberal Democracies.

      With these and other reasons, Guardianistas don’t seem to mind rubbing shoulders with rank antisemites, misogynists and homophobes.

      It really should hang its head in shame.

      Thing will not change until all of the existing editorial management coven is replaced by rational lefties.

      • JerusalemMite, as regards your rationale for the loony left’s predilection, this shows how racist they are towards Palestinians in the way that they infantilise them and absolve them from guilt and blame for the crimes they commit against their own people as well as against Israelis.

        When was the last time (or indeed the first) that the Guardian reported the systematic child-abuse perpetrated by the PA and Hamas for example?

        It daren’t even acknowledge it because that might open the door to realisation that its “poor Palestinians” are less than perfect and indeed behave like barbarians who willingly give over their young to be sacrificed.

  8. This article raises a massively important point.

    The racism endemic in many Islamic (not just Arab) countries is completely ignored in the Guardian, and in the western media in general.

    It will be interesting to see whether they will still maintain radio silence when the Christian persecutions and pogroms in the Middle East begin in earnest. My guess is they will try to ignore them until they have worked out a way to blame Israel.

    • No need to cover, the Jewish Chronicle has the update;
      ‘Nazi’ stag party MP loses his job
      He lost his job not like Jenny Tonge, Ken Livingstone, Paul Flynn, Rowan Laxton, the what’s his name asshole Labor MP who wanted pressure on the British Jews in order to influence the Israli government etc.etc. Milliband even tried to market Livingstone for the Jewish Board of Deputies.

      • Whaaat? Reptile Livingstone for the BoD? Are there no depths to which Livingstone won’t sink?

        I thought that the UK was rapidly going to hell in a handbasket but our choice of political leaders who are not barking mad and are intelligent and have foresight is virtually nil.

  9. Was that headline deliberately structured so as to imply that The Guardian hates Jews?

    Beyond the Guardian, even liberal Jewish commentators who aren’t anti-Zionists – such as Peter Beinart and Thomas Friedman – frame every Israeli home built across the Green Line as a catastrophic ”impediment to peace” and yet possess an inexplicable moral blind spot when it comes to a culture of Muslim antisemitism

    An “inexplicable moral blind spot”? Do they deny it?
    And please do stop throwing around the word “moral” so liberally.

  10. Qatar has a history of sorts unlike the alleged “Muslim ‘Palestine'” which happened to be Christian in the 16c.


    The Modern history of Qatar began in the early 18th century; when the present Al-Thani ruling family of Qatar, which originated from the Al-Maadhid (a branch of Bani Tamim) tribe of Ushaiqir in the province of Al-Washm of Nejd, arrived in the southern part of Qatar. In the middle of the 18th century the family moved to the northern part of Qatar that is Zubara, Ruwais and Fuwairat.

    [There follows a list of 6 sheiks]

    http://www.diwan.gov.qa/english/qatar/Qatar_History.htm

    The Al Thani sought British patronage against competing tribal groups and against the Ottoman Empire—which occupied the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—and in exchange the United Kingdom controlled Qatar’s foreign policy until the latter’s independence in 1971. Thereafter, the monarchy continued to nurture close ties with Western powers as a central pillar of its national security. Qatar has one of the world’s largest reserves of petroleum and natural gas and employs large numbers of foreign workers in its production process. Because of its oil wealth, the country’s residents enjoy a high standard of living and a well-established system of social services.

    http://www.history.com/topics/qatar

    Not a mention of Jew-hatred and al-Jazeera.

    The following is intended to show Muslim tolerance, allegedly. But only towards Christians:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2009/0209/p01s01-wome.html

    The Christians have dhimmi status as the article shows all too clearly.

  11. pretzelberg, by giving column inches to Islamist terror supporters above and below the line, who are antisemites in antizionist clothing, yes, the Guardian hates Jews. Look below the line on any of those articles on CiF and note the deletions, many of which have been written about here, as well as the pro-Israel comments which has mysterious disappeared from the page.

    Chris Elliott has himself admitted that CiF could do better in rooting out antisemitism on CiF.

    Given the Islamist/Palestinian/Arab propensity to conflate Jew- and Israel-hatred, and the extent of that “confusion” below the line in the comments that CiF allows to remain while deleting those which disagree with them, the Guardian is antisemitic.

    • the Guardian hates Jews … the Guardian is antisemitic

      There’s currently (as on most days) no mention of Jews or Israel on the homepage. Some “hatred”! Some “anti-Semitism”!

      • pretzels, Look at the graphic world map on the top left of a CiFWatch web page

        “Guardians obsession with Israel in one image”.

        The larger the country, the more articles on the country.

        Can you explain why Israel is larger than all of South America and Australia combined?

  12. Pretzel, that’s like saying because a violent misogynist hasn’t beaten his wife today, there’s no evidence of domestic abuse. If the Guardian takes a day off from Jew / Zionist baiting they are not absolved on the many occasions when they do.

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