Following our post & complaint, Guardian amends Khaled Diab’s CiF essay: Removes Atzmon passage


Yesterday, we posted about a CiF essay by Khaled Diab (“Hacking away at Arab and Israeli stereotypes“, Jan. 19), which contained a positive reference to, and quote from, extreme antisemite, Gilad Atzmon.

Here’s the original quote by Diab, which was employed in his broad critique of Israeli surprise to the alleged cyber attacks on  El Al airline and the Tel Aviv stock exchange by Arab hackers – which Diab framed as evidence that Israelis see Arabs as backwards and unable to display such tech prowess.

Some commentators went even further“The Jewish state is pretty devastated by the idea that a bunch of ‘indigenous Arabs’ are far more technologically advanced than its own chosen cyber pirates,” Israeli jazz musician Gilad Atzmon observed wryly on his blog.

In addition to yet another pejorative depiction of Jews as ‘chosen’ in the Guardian (as with Deborah Orr’s piece), the “Israeli jazz musician”, as we explained, tends to trade in the most vile antisemitic narratives, including the explicit argument that Judaism is a supremacist ideology, Jews are trying to control the world, and suggestions that history may one day vindicate Hitlers hatred of the Jews.

Following our post, and official complaint, the essay was amended, and the entire passage (cited above) was removed.  

While we would have preferred if they had acknowledged that citing Atzmon in a CiF or Guardian piece is, in any context, necessarily at odds with their community standards, we’re pleased that pejorative references to Jews as the ‘chosen’ are understood by Guardian editors as, by definition, antisemitic.   

27 comments on “Following our post & complaint, Guardian amends Khaled Diab’s CiF essay: Removes Atzmon passage

  1. Breaking: Gilad Atzmon is also a plagiarist.

    Eg: One of the chapters in The Wandering Who is copied very closely from Israel Is Real, by Rich Cohen.

    More follows.

  2. The fact remains that one of Guardian’s most respected (at least by them)and prolific contributors approves of Gilad Atzmon and his take on Jews.What about other regular reapected contributors like Shameless Milne or Ben White (to name just two), do they find Atzmon just as wry?

    • one of Guardian’s most respected (at least by them)and prolific contributors approves of Gilad Atzmon and his take on Jews.

      Which one would that be? Because it sure ain’t Khaled.

      • pretzelberg you commented btl on the article by Diab in the Guardian cif quoting Atzmon as an authority.

        Do you just respond to other commentators without bothering to read the piece they are commenting on? That might explain some of the very odd and disjointed things you say

        • Show us where Diab “approves of Gilad Atzmon and his take on Jews”.

          Do you just respond to other commentators without bothering to read the piece they are commenting on?

          I do read the articles. Many here – evidently yourself included – do not.

          • Pretzelberg I said that Diab quoted Atzmon as an authority. His approval is obvious

            “Evidently” I don’t read the articles, you say. Give me this “evidence”

  3. “At as at odds with Guardian guidelines”

    This sounds like a sick joke that the nasty Racist Guardian has guidelines.The only guide lines the that the Racist Guardian has are “Open Season” on Israel.

    And when caught out they refer to their lopsided guidelines.

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  9. Zionists you have exploited the goym long enough-just go to your chosen place I think thats a place I would chose not to attend! Yes the wandering who, explains it well!

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