My ‘Times of Israel’ essay: ‘Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian and the anti-imperialism of fools’


The following was published at Times of Israel

The Guardian’s most egregious moral blind spot – especially in light of the media group’s claim to represent anti-racist values – pertains to their editors’ licensing of commentators who possess an antipathy towards Jews and routinely advance tropes indistinguishable from what is normally associated with far-right Judeophobia.

Such polemicists (who are granted the media group’s progressive kashrut license) are typically of the radical Islamic variety – those who espouse values which are incompatible with even the broadest understanding of progressivism yet are given a moral pass by virtue of their cynical use of the language of human rights. (Richard Landes refers to such political posers as “demopaths.”)

Indeed, Guardian editors often grant members of terrorist groups, or their supporters, space at the Guardian’s blog, ‘Comment is Free‘.

However, the Guardian-approved socially acceptable anti-Israel brand of reactionary politics isn’t limited to those of the Islamist persuasion.

Ben White, who penned an appalling apologia for anti-Semitism for the extremist publication CounterPunch, is routinely published at “Comment is Free” – and given a platform to advance his malign obsession with the Jewish state.

The Guardian even offered space, in their letters section, to Alison Weir - accurately characterized as one of the few modern-day promoters of the ancient anti-Semitic blood libel.

Gilad Atzmon, who has literally endorsed the conspiracies advanced in the Elders of the Protocols of Zion that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, has been the subject of quite laudatory profiles at the Guardian – and also had a letter published.

More recently, it was announced that Salon.com blogger, Glenn Greenwald, will be moving to the Guardian.

Greenwald (who blogs at Salon.com) advances a brand of anti-imperialism, much in the tradition of Guardian Associate Editor Seumas Milne, informed by a palpable loathing of America, a nation he sees as a dangerous force of evil in the world. Greenwald’s anti-Americanism is so intense he once compared the US overthrow of Saddam Hussein to the Nazi conquest of Europe.

As is often the case with Guardian-brand commentators, Greenwald’s anti-imperialist ideological package includes a vicious anti-Zionism, and a corresponding belief on the injurious influence of organized US Jewry on American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Here’s a sample of his musings on the villainy of organized Jewry.

  • “So absolute has the Israel-centric stranglehold on American policy been that the US Government has made it illegal to broadcast Hezbollah television stations.”
  • “Not even our Constitution’s First Amendment has been a match for the endless exploitation of American policy, law and resources [by the Israel lobby] to target and punish Israel’s enemies.”

Read the rest of my essay, here.

8 comments on “My ‘Times of Israel’ essay: ‘Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian and the anti-imperialism of fools’

  1. Glenn Greenwald has a very hard time with the idea that there are intelligent people of good faith and common sense who disagree with his own Israel and America hating orthodoxy. Any group or individual or thought crime who gets in his way gets the very treatment he complains about.

  2. A generally fine article – let down by that OTT last line accusing Greenwald of seeing the Israel lobby as “the villainy of organized Jewry.”

  3. The Guardian is a gloomy cynical and very negative website,it is all doom and gloom there.Most of the articles there are someone whining about the US or Israel. Their cartoons are very disturbing in fact quite revolting,these so called “cartoonists” are obsessed with bums,(so obsessed with bums that in one of their cartoons they depict someone with two bums) condoms,and blood.

    A very depressing masochistic and irrelevant web site,

    • Most of the articles there are someone whining about the US or Israel.

      No mention of Israel on either the homepage or the CiF page!

      And there are always plenty of articles that could be deemed as “whining about the UK.”

      And the G.’s cartoonists are “obsessed with bums, condoms,and blood”??

      Why is so often here that the BTL posts furthest removed from the truth get the most recommendations?

  4. “More recently, it was announced that Salon.com blogger, Glenn Greenwald, will be moving to the Guardian.”

    Another Jew in a long list of Israel bashing Jews that the Guardian prides iteself in enticing to its special cabal of Jewish commentators so as to give credence and authority to its own Israel hating platform that is CIF

    These are the Jews that also do the dirty work of the anti-Semites,

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