More tortured logic by the Guardian’s Deborah Orr


The notoriety of Guardian journalist Deborah Orr is well deserved.  

Following the 2011 release of Gilad Shalit by Hamas, after five years of captivity and in exchange for over 1000 Palestinian prisoners (including scores of cold-blooded terrorists who had murdered Israelis), the Guardian journalist expressed anger, not at Hamas, but at Israel.

Israel’s sin?

Racism.

She wrote:

“[Hamas's] eagerness to accept a [prisoner] transfer…tacitly acknowledges what so many Zionists believe – that the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbours.

Her tortured logic, which included an antisemitic understanding of “chosenness” to infer that Jews are racist due to theological first causes, was stunning even for the Guardian and rightfully elicited a chorus of condemnationsresulting in a (mealy-mouthed) apology from Orr.

More recently, Orr employed her penetrating insight to pass judgment on the sins of recent Western blasphemers (the creator of the film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, and the editor of a French satirical magazine who published depictions of Muhammad) who believe that their freedom of speech includes the right to offend people of various faith traditions.

In a Guardian piece titled ‘The West and the Islamic world should leave one another to live and let live’, September 21st, Orr wrote the following:

“Free speech does not confer the right to be wrong, mistaken, biased or merely a doggedly axe-grinding pain-in-the-ass about your pet hates.”

Actually, the “right to be wrong, mistaken, or biased” is EXACTLY what free speech in the West confers – a liberty unconditionally bestowed upon those who criticize Muslims or mock their prophet and even, in fact, to “journalists” with an axe to grind against Jews and express their pet hate on the pages of the Guardian. 

9 comments on “More tortured logic by the Guardian’s Deborah Orr

  1. What I find fascinating (and admirable) is the number of “recommends” given to the anti-Orr comments. Many hundreds. Over a thousand in many instances. It seems that most of Ms. Orr’s readers — and perhaps the Guardian’s too — check in to see what the other side has to say. Perhaps the Guardian should realize that many (most?) of the visitors who come to their website…HATE THEM!

  2. Anti-Israel writers and myself do not see eye to eye on issues relating to Israel (always) or Judaism (often), but the stunning thing to me after years of reading and research is how objectively stupid the other side often is. I’m talking arguments and “factual” presentations so weak that proving their bankruptcy is slightly more difficult than solving kindergarten math. Deborah Orr is a polemicist and an advocate, but above all else and much like Omar Barghouti or Ghada Karmi, she’s first and foremost a hack. And one thing I carry with me when I head into this arena is the bittersweet certainty that, outliers like Jeremiah Haber aside, almost all of the other side are very, very bad at what they’re trying to do.

  3. “Free speech does not confer the right to be wrong, mistaken, biased or merely a doggedly axe-grinding pain-in-the-ass about your pet hates.”

    Does she realize that she’s talking herself out of her own job?

  4. Orr’s article also included a reference to Israel:

    Britain parcelled out the land of another people like it was the family allotment, as recently as 1948.

    Of all the places she could’ve picked from Britiain’s empire/legacy, she had to pick that one.

  5. “..the lives of the chosen are of hugely greater consequence than those of their unfortunate neighbours”
    She simply is an Anti-Semite.
    EoM

  6. pretzelberg, you say,
    Orr’s article also included a reference to Israel:
    Britain parcelled out the land of another people like it was the family allotment, as recently as 1948.

    First, which Orr the liar doesn’t tell you, the British never gave one inch of land to the Jews.
    2nd, the British gave the entire East Bank to the Arabs in 1922 and named the country after the Jordan River. Jordan is 75% of the land.
    3rd, it was the Israels army which defeated the invading Arab armies and which the British sent military people to help Jordan against Israel in the 48 war.
    So if anything the British have always supported the Arabs, including giving out the White Paper in 39 to appease the Arabs.

  7. “Free speech does not confer the right to be wrong, mistaken, biased or merely a doggedly axe-grinding pain-in-the-ass about your pet hates.”

    Exactly, Deborah Orr. So please don’t write anything about Israel or Judaism again.

  8. Her support of Piers Morgan’s comments about Americans’s right to bear arms is a juvenile response. We kept the right in order to whip the Britishs ass. America is different in that all right are given to the people and the people decide what rights are to be regulated by the government. We believe in God given rights not government given rights.

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