I’d really love to know the identity of the Guardian editor who decided to publish the following letter (Guardian Weekly Letters, 20 April 2012), that we commented on yesterday. The letter, by Niels Engelsted, was evidently an allusion to the security fence Israel is building along the Sinai border in response to an increase in Jihadist activity after Mubarak’s fall:
While this blog is constantly revealing that the intellectual ghetto inhabited by Israel haters allows for the most “enlightened” souls to frame even the most innocuous Israeli act in a way which imputes maximum malice, this pseudo psychological analysis of Israeli Jews is in a class of its own. And, I truly wonder at the cognitive process by which the decision, by Israel, to erect a security fence along an internationally recognized border to prevent terrorism can be construed as an indication of Jews’ subconscious need to relive the glory days of forced exclusion from non-Jewish society.
Well, sometime following our post, and a few sharply worded emails from concerned readers later, the letter was removed from the Guardian’s site, and this now appears on the page.
I’m sure it was an honest mistake by one lone editor and in no way should be construed as part of a larger pattern of institutional hostility to Israel. Indeed, banish the very thought!
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