Guardian’s Becky Gardiner Celebrates Holocaust Memorial Day By Defending Blood Libeler


Cross posted by Alan A at Harry’s Place

In the Guardian’s op ed by Raed Salah, the following footnote has been added:

In the thread below, there has been some discussion about statements that Raed Salah allegedly made. The Comment editor Becky Gardiner has commented, setting out the judgement here and here. Raed Salah has also replied here.

This is what Becky Gardiner says:

Raed Salah’s amanuensis adds in his name:

After a 10-month legal battle, I have now been cleared on “all grounds” by a senior immigration tribunal judge, who ruled that May’s decision to deport me was “entirely unnecessary” and that she had been “misled”. The evidence she relied on (which had been given to her by the Community Security Trust, a British charity, and included a poem of mine about oppression which been doctored to make it appear anti-Jewish) was not, he concluded, a fair portrayal of my views. The judge said the one short passage in a speech that May used as evidence that I had repeated the so-called “blood libel” [the medieval accusation that Jews use the blood of Christian children to make bread] “was not a sample [of my views], or ‘the tip of the iceberg’: it is simply all the evidence there is.” In reality, I wasn’t referring to any such thing. I reject any and every form of racism, including anti-Semitism. I don’t believe in the “blood libel” against Jews and I reject it in its entirety. What I was really referring to in my sermon was the killing of innocents in the name of religion, including children, from the time of the Inquisition to as recently as Bosnia and elsewhere in Europe whose governments support Israel’s action. In fact, what May has neglected to consider in respect of the speech is that I also said in the speech ‘we are not malicious and we will not be malicious, thus we will also protect the honour of the Jewish synagogues.’ I have no doubt that, despite this, Israel’s cheerleaders in Britain will continue to smear my character. This is the price every Palestinian leader and campaigner is forced to pay.

So, that’s the Guardian’s position.

On Holocaust Memorial Day.

There is a whole bunch of evidence, unused in the trial and unquestioned, that shows the nature of Raed Salah. Becky Gardiner is very much aware of it herself, because I know that “a senior Guardian figure” took it to her, in an attempt to get her to publish just ONE piece explaining why liberals and progressives ought not to back Raed Salah.

Articles were written. They were submitted by a number of people to the Guardian. They weren’t even acknowledged.

Becky Gardiner’s view, I’m afraid to say, was that Comment is Free should not offer a platform to those who wanted to oppose Raed Salah’s incitement and racism. She saw opposition to Zionism as a sort of Manichean struggle, in which she was on the side of the angels.

The “senior Guardian figure” was quite surprised. But obviously, he did nothing about it because, you know, we mustn’t make a fuss.

This is the year in which antisemitism became a mainstream “progressive” cause. Fancy joining the fightback?

19 comments on “Guardian’s Becky Gardiner Celebrates Holocaust Memorial Day By Defending Blood Libeler

  1. Gardiner’s answer to the question whether the publication date of their apology of a real contemporary bloodlibeller was intentional or not:

    it was not deliberate. I am of course aware of the Holocaust memorial day held on January 27, but was not aware of Israel’s Holocaust day being today. No offence was intended

    And she wrote this outright lie some hours after CIF published an Israel-bashing rant penned by the Chickenlady about the exact same Holocaust Day. Gardiner is not only morally insane but must be one of the dumbest person in her profession thinking that apart from some hardcore Guardinistas anybody would believe her.

    • Peter I think it’s worse than that. I think that this wretch is being cynical in the extreme. She knows that we know she knows, but nevertheless, protected by the Guardian’s barbed wire, she believes she can get away with it.

      In fact we can add exploitative to cynical. CiF has little hesitation in taking advantage of the intellectually and cognitively challenged below the line – those who swallow whole the guff generated by them and believe it and spread it mindlessly and add to the hatred the Guardian mines from a deep seam.

      The thoroughly egregious contempt for others which underpins Gardiner’s attitude smacks of that of the far-from-dear departed Georgina Henry’s excuses for allowing the infamous “choir of ethical cretins” article to be published.

      Henry is history. I hope that Gardiner will soon follow in her ignominious footsteps.

  2. It should be noted that the blood-libel was invented here in England (Norwich to be precise). While the Guardian normally hates anything English, it appears that in this case it is willing to celebrate this important cultural practice. Perhaps Salah’s use of it makes it suitably multi-cultural for their tastes.

  3. Also the Judge is a disgrace. I suppose if I’m annoyed for what ever reason he would find it acceptable context for accusing him of being a Peadophile, for example, to a group of people known to be violent vigilantes.

  4. By the way, is their any chance that this horrible woman would open here eyes and realise that she, and the Judge are basically condoning the spreading of blood libels?

  5. This is not the first time that Becky Gardiner has leaped to the defense of her favorite religious extremists.

    Her claim that she did not know that it was Holocaust memorial day in Israel while approving the Chickenlady’s latest disgusting effort reporting on holocaust survivor Roz Dayan and the video of Roz Dayan, plus the pictorial “essay” on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, as Peter points out is so farcical that it simply proves what an utter liar she is.

    Of course, I suppose it is barely possible that like many of us, she is so disgusted with the Guardian she does not actually read it, but that, in this case, would suggest she should lose her job.

    Articles appearing on CiF that CiF editor Becky Gardiner was not aware of:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/picture/2012/apr/20/eyewitness-pause-yom-hashoah

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/19/holocaust-remembrance-day-in-pictures

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/19/holocaust-survivor-struggle-money-israel

    Article appearing on CiF that CiF editor Becky read and approved:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/19/britain-duty-to-palestinian-people

  6. Many posters pointed out that the claim by Salah – and others BTL such as Beautifulburnout – that he was not talking about the blood libel is simply laughable.
    Even if Gardiner hadn’t known what exactly the blood libel was, she should have done her homework before responding. Either way, her answers about the omission of the word Jew are just quibbling.

  7. “There is a whole bunch of evidence, unused in the trial and unquestioned, that shows the nature of Raed Salah”

    Let’s see it then. Why wasn’t it presented to the Tribunal?

    • Well, yes I do need to ask. The prosecution’s main source of evidence was the Board of Deputies of British Jews. If they can’t produce the “whole bunch of evidence”, who can?

      • Salah and his brothers and sisters in ignominy are protected against such disclosure because, laughably (and should you doubt it, I have heard it offered as an excuse by the police) the powers that be argue such disclosure would threaten social cohesion! (They seem to forget the very real threat to social cohesion from Islamic supremacists and their activities in Luton, Wootton Bassett and elsewhere, not to mention their carryings on at UK universities).

        I kid you not. UK citizens are prevented from learning the full truth about the protection enjoyed by this inciter and supporter of terror because, wait for it, we might get angry and do (what?) demonstrate against it, heaven forbid, or, worse, not vote for the governments who allow this to happen!

        If you really do need to ask, and after all you say you are a researcher so it might be good practice, why not put in a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office (if you are a UK citizen that is one of the few rights which remain to you) to get the full details and come back here and report them to us? I am sure that CiF Watch-ers would be agog to read them.

        I doubt that you will get anything back from them, though. It’d be far too “sensitive” information and for them to disclose it to you might threaten social cohesion. :-)

        • Either this evidence exists or it doesn’t. It’s not good enough to suggest that the UK authorities are concealing something. You need to have independent sources to show what they may be concealing.

          I’m still waiting, but not with much anticipation.

          • I have suggested how you might go about getting it. If you can’t be bothered to do so then stop complaining.

  8. Raed Salah is a rightwing islamist, first and foremost. He sees this battle against the Jews the same way as mufti Husseini did seventy years ago.

    Giving this jihadi demon a platform to speak has been a new low for the Guardian.

    No one though expects them not to stoop lower. Give them time.

    Yesh anashim im lev shel even. Yesh avanim im lev adam.

  9. Only the racist Guardian could stoop low enough to give someone like this Raed Salah a platform to belch his noxious gases.Then you have this stupid woman coming to his rescue,when an article in CiF is starting to stink,that is the time that you will get the Guardian heavyweights like this woman trying to save it.She was in good company,Ben White was there too….
    She didn’t know or didn’t want to know that it was it Holocaust Memorial Day..This is one blissful ignorant woman………………

  10. Where are all the Jews of England,that are supposed to have this enormous influence on the British media,and on the British Government.

    When all this is happening at the nasty and Racist Guardian,about time they pulled the finger out……

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