A Guardian journalist conjures Israeli “snipers with children in their sights”


Here’s a quote from a report by Guardian “journalist” Chris McGreal, ‘Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset‘, on Aug. 28.

“…the state of the collective Israeli military mind…cast the definition of enemies so widely that children walking down the street were legitimate targets if they crossed a red line that was invisible to everyone but the soldiers looking at it on their maps.”

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To learn about McGreal’s mindset, see the links below, and read the section about the Guardian in CST’s 2011 Report on Antisemitic Rhetoric in the UK.

However, while McGreal’s views on Israel are well-known, I was curious to see if this particularly insidious accusation, that the IDF targets Palestinian kids, was a one-off, and after  brief search found a piece he wrote in 2005 which was even more explicit.

Here are some excerpts from a 2005 McGreal piece titled “Snipers with children in their sights“:

“It was the shooting of Asma Mughayar that swept away any lingering doubts I had about how it is the Israeli army kills so many Palestinian children and civilians.

Asma, 16, and her younger brother, Ahmad, were collecting laundry from the roof of their home in the south of the Gaza Strip in May last year when they were felled by an Israeli army sniper. Neither child was armed or threatening the soldier, who fired unseen through a hole punched in the wall of a neighbouring block of flats.

the army changed its account and claimed the pair were killed by a Palestinian, though there was persuasive evidence pointing to the Israeli sniper’s nest.

In southern Gaza, the killings take place in a climate that amounts to a form of terror against the population. Random fire into Rafah and Khan Yunis has claimed hundreds of lives, including five children shot as they sat at their school desks.Many others have died when the snipers must have known who was in their sights – children playing football, sitting outside home, walking back from school.”

The last passage (which quite predictably doesn’t even contain a link to a source) is astonishing, and begins to explain McGreal’s obsessive hatred for the Jewish state.

McGreal genuinely seems to believe that sadistic Israeli “snipers” intentionally fire at Palestinian children who are playing football or while they sit at their school desks.  

He doesn’t just dislike Israel, or disagree with Israeli government policy regarding the Palestinians.

The Guardian journalist seems to agree with the most unhinged extremists in the region – those who believe as an article of faith that Israelis are simply monsters.

44 comments on “A Guardian journalist conjures Israeli “snipers with children in their sights”

  1. Your callous disregard for the facts is indeed monstrous. Quite apart from the overwhelmingly murderous assaults such as Cast Lead and the most recent act of ‘Self defence’ in November,the history of this conflict is littered which  many examples of IDF killings of children.This IS well-documented. In your haste to defend the indefensible you are scrambling around to find ANYTHING to justify these crimes. The world is getting tired of the woefully thin excuses,obfuscation and continuous dissembling from you and the Army of Apologia. Sanctions will come and one day the perpetrators of these killings will be brought to book.

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    • Snotty,

      You are disgusting, and the stupid little line you leave at the bottom of your comments does nothing. Here again, you’ve written nothing but a bunch of claims designed to inflame hatred rather than to shed light. You are a pathetic bigot and the useful tool of bigots.

    • Thanks for the unintentional parody. In fact, I think I’m going to steal the term “Army of Apologia” to use in a future post. Cheers!

    • Strange that Mr Levick did not mention the case of that Israeli officer accused of shooting repeatedly, and from close range, his gun into an 13-year-old schoolgirl once she had already been hit by IDF gunfire and was lying on the ground. His own soldiers complained of his actions :

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iman_Darweesh_Al_Hams

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/nov/16/israel2

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/nov/16/israel2

      http://travel.nytimes.com/2005/11/16/international/middleeast/16gaza.html?_r=0

      http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/14/world/main649340.shtml

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4440490.stm

      • Strange that Mr Levick did not mention the case of that Israeli officer accused of shooting repeatedly, and from close range, his gun into an 13-year-old schoolgirl once she had already been hit by IDF gunfire and was lying on the ground in 2004. His own soldiers complained of his actions.

        • Strange that you didn’t mention mention that the officer has been acquitted because he couldn’t know whether the girl hasn’t been used by your Hamas colleagues as a booby trap. You know this is their well known modus operandi sending mentally or physically retarded children with explosives on their bodies among Israelis triggering these living mines by remote control.

          • The officer was acquitted after shooting repeatedly, and from close range, his gun into an 13-year-old schoolgirl once she had already been hit by IDF gunfire and was lying on the ground, and this despite the fact that his own soldiers testified against him?

            Talk about impunity!

    • A very, very weird post by ‘CIF Watch’, referring to articles that were published in the Guardian months and even years ago.

      Does someone suffer from insomnia?

        • An interesting diagnosis.
          Jews are obsessive when fighting antisemitism
          You -a gentile- obsessively trolling on a site fighting antisemitism is obviously is not.

    • Oh Spratty. Yes, of course it is well-documented that Palestinian children have died in Israeli military actions. But it is a very very long way from recording the death of a child to conjuring up some hell of soldiers lying in wait to deliberately shoot without warning innocent Palestinian children. The facts are that well over 50% of the population of Gaza are under 18, that Hamas and others use their children as human shields. In these circumstances, I am afraid (and it saddens me) that yes – some children will die at the hands of Israeli soldiers. But deliberate? Targetted? Without provocation? There is no evidence of that happening on any sort of scale at all (although I can’t prove that it has NEVER happened – when you have an army as large and active as Israel’s, you can never rule out the odd bad apple getting in or the odd mistake being made).

  2. “The Guardian journalist seems to agree with the most unhinged extremists in the region – those who believe as an article of faith that Israelis are simply monsters.”

    Yes, well, we have a few of those unhinged types right here, don’t we.

  3. From today’s Guardian

    “The four European members of the United Nations security council are drawing up a strong joint condemnation of recent Israeli moves to expand Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem amid growing international censure.

    The unusual statement, expected this week from the UK, France, Germany and Portugal, follows blunt criticism from the US of Israel’s announcement on Monday of plans to build an extra 1,500 homes in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo.”

    All because some journalists in the Guardian wrote something about Israel. Such influence!

    • All because some journalists in the Guardian wrote something about Israel. Such influence!
      No they have an other reason, these good Euoropeans can’t forgive that some of us survived their thousand year old attempts to destroy us, and are much more successful on every front than they could ever dream of.

      • these good Euoropeans can’t forgive that some of us survived their thousand year old attempts to destroy us
        What a ridiculous thing to say. Shame on you.

        • What a ridiculous thing to say. Shame on you
          For you maybe it is ridiculous. For others it is sad.
          This is for your intellectual development pretzel
          Europe Will Never Forgive Israel For The Holocaust

      • Ah! I see!! That will be why all the Jews happily living in the Europe are keeping quiet. They want to be destroyed. I’m sue that well respected Jew, Sigmund Freud, could explain that to us.

        • Sigmund Freud? Not the mayor of Malmo in Sweden? Not the Jobbik in Hungary?
          Not the thousands of French Jews who left France for Israel during the last three years?
          And the Jews keeping quiet and living happily?
          Probably Anton Chekhov wouldn’t be happy to know that his hero’s name would be abused by your kind Uncle…Seems to me that Elena wouldn’t appreciate your outright lies either…

          • There are half a million Jews in France. Some exodus!
            Maybe they went to there escaping the new free Algerian paradise of Islam?
            Maybe they went to there from Sweden or Hungary?
            What a joke Uncle…

      • They have a very simple reason: Israeli settlements in the territory of Palestine are illegal, and people are fed up with these settlements which block the path to peace.

          • “the settlements are the reason of European antisemitism…. ”

            That’s what you’d like to think. Most Europeans don’t even know about the settlements. They are rarely mentioned on the TV news, where most people get their information from, and hardly any one reads foreign news in the newspapers. European anti-semitism as just plain fear of ‘the other’, like it always has been.

  4. These “human right warriors” and their supporters use the good old anti-Semitic libels like Jews are killing kids for fun. This kind of rhetoric lead us to the gas chambers only 70 years ago. Now McGreal, Snotty and the likes are desperate because those good old days are over and all they can do is spiritually masturbating about sanctions and the destruction of the Jews in Israel and trying to send in the Palestinians to do their dirty work while they are sitting in their secure study, hammering their keyboard.
    But I have bad news for you shitheaps:
    According to the forecasts Israel will continue, for the next two years as well, to be the number one growth economy among all the countries of the developed Western world.”
    As Elder of Zyon says:
    I’m sorry your seething hate for Israel made you such a spectacular loser. Accept my deepest condolences.

    • Sure Peter, keep telling this to yourself.
      Is this why the nurses are on strike and the Kupot Holim are broke?
      Is this why factories are shutting down?
      Is this why the coppers are pleeding for more officers on the streets of all Israeli major cities?
      Another one of Bibi’s great legacies…

      • Bullshit dear Itsik.
        The Kupat Holim Clalit (and not all the Kupot) are broke because
        – the Histadrut stole their money
        – their management and workforce are functioning according to the old socialist principles (five people are doing the work of one)
        – their bureaucracy is second only to the good old British-Russian-Turkish variations and for one doctor/nurse or other health professional they employ five clerks.
        The nurses’ strike… my wife is a health professional working in a hospital and I’m pretty familiar with the level of wages, they strike because the so called “va’adot” have the power to blackmail the taxpayers, most of the nurses don’t want to participate in the strike, naturally they could be paid better but their situation is not too bad at all.
        Factories are shutting down? Could you tell only one? BTW the closing of some unprofitable factories is a condition of a successful economy.
        But I agree with you regarding the police. They need more personnel simply because the intelligence level of the average Israeli Policemen is so low that the old joke about the one cop who can write and the other who can read is not applicable in their case most of them can’t read and neither read. A reform of the police is urgently needed.
        And independently of my dislike of Bibi – yes – Israel’s exceptionally good economic achievements are his legacies….

        • You will find that Maccabi is not doing too well and had to raise prescription charges according to Galatz a few weeks ago.
          The reason they gave was to do with the settlement Bibi made with the outpatient specialist a year ago.
          The public in major cities had a survey that declared they needed more on the bit cops.
          That I suppose has to do with the rise in crime and underworld gang fight.
          one factory that springs to mind was the one in Hatzor Pri HaGalil.
          But there were a fair number of them.
          papers were threatening to close down like Maariv, but this is going on through out the Western world so Israel has to adapt.

          I have seen a funny photo of a Dr in one of the recent protest stating “My father was a Dr., my grand father was a Dr., even my great grand father was a Dr. i want to be a worker in the docks.

          The reason is that it appears that only the Dock workers get something moving when they threat to strike as happened last week.

          But I’m happy to hear that you believe all is well.
          My family and close friends finding jobs with fairly good earning – from IT to teaching to bio technology.
          But sadly normal teachers still struggle to be able to get a mortgage in Israel.

          I do not live in Israel for some time so i have only pieces of information I hear every day on the news to go by.
          It didn’t seem that bleak when i was living there.
          We shall see and hopefully you are correct in all your points.

          • I do not live in Israel for some time so i have only pieces of information I hear every day on the news to go by.

            Thank you for the keywords – you got only pieces of info and don’t live here.
            The reason they gave was to do with the settlement Bibi made with the outpatient specialist a year ago
            Yes Itsik everything bad in Israel – this must be Bibi. Do you really think that a premier is involved in an agreement of some doctors and a health maintenance organisation? One of he problem of the left that instead of reasonable and well deserved criticism of Netanyahu they are busy with totally unfounded Bibi bashing achieving exactly the opposite of their goal – they are simply strengthening his position.
            Maccabi is doing well, – I’m one of its member and they give much more for free than Clalit, just last week they widened their services giving different new kinds of therapies.
            Regarding Pri Ha Galil: I hope you will agree with me that closing an unprofitable lowtech factory is not the sign of a failing economy.
            I have seen a funny photo of a Dr in one of the recent protest stating “My father was a Dr., my grand father was a Dr., even my great grand father was a Dr. i want to be a worker in the docks
            If you think that it is Bibi’s fault that you are really very badly informed. He is fighting for the privatization of these socialist fossils like the docks, the Electricity Company, Israel Railways. These corrupt institutions are the bastions of Bibi’s main political opponents – the Labor Party.
            The reason is that it appears that only the Dock workers get something moving when they threat to strike as happened last week
            Correct. They have the power to blackmail the taxpayers exactly like the nurses have.
            The public in major cities had a survey that declared they needed more on the bit cops. That I suppose has to do with the rise in crime and underworld gang fight.
            The incompetence of the police is simply appalling. The solution is not more money and more illiterate personnel, but a very comprehensive reform and changing all of the police bosses.
            But sadly normal teachers still struggle to be able to get a mortgage in Israel.
            Not exactly. It depends on the where and on the sum they want to borrow. BTW could you tell me only one country where young professionals have no problem with buying properties?
            But I’m happy to hear that you believe all is well.
            We are far from it, but the problem is not the economy. and our difficulties and problems have nothing to do with imagined sanctions and the actions of the Jew haters of the BDS movement.

          • Thanks for your answer Peter.

            “Prof. Haim Ben-Shahar, one of Israel’s leading macroeconomic experts, said “Netanyahu must come to his senses so we don’t end up at an economic Yom Kippur.” ”

            http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/bibi-nomics-the-pm-is-putting-our-country-at-risk-1.453452

            And the biggest joke of all: “A “tax on the rich” of 2 percent will raise marginal income tax to 50 percent on everyone who earns more than NIS 1 million from work or investments. That tax isn’t going to bring in a lot of money, but it’s important to show the people that the wealthy are going to suffer, too. ”

            Still, it’s better than what the conservatives are doing here in the UK. I’ll give you that.

            http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/bibi-nomics-the-pm-is-putting-our-country-at-risk-1.453452

          • Prof. Haim Ben-Shahar, one of Israel’s leading macroeconomic experts, said “Netanyahu must come to his senses so we don’t end up at an economic Yom Kippur
            Maybe you should read the articles of Nehemia Shtrasler (also in the Ha’aretz). If you are not familiar with his name – he belongs to the left of the left and he is a very well-known economist-journalist. According to him the economic policies of Bibi are the only possible way to save the economy from a European style financial mess and he’s urging his own comrades to support them. As the wise said the proof of the pudding is in the eating and prof. Ben-Shahar can write anything – the paper is very tolerant. The hard facts show that he should come to his senses and not Netanyahu, maybe the good professor should leave his study at the university for five minutes and take a look at the real world.
            I’m pretty familiar with the Israeli high-tech industry, the level of foreign investments in Israel never – even not in the hi-tech bubble years – was so high as it is now (sorry BDS cultists – accept my deepest sympathy). The relation between the hi-tech and traditional components of the economy is rapidly changing for the high-tech direction and one of the highest of the world already.
            Regarding the taxation of the rich I suggest you to take a look at the French economy – not only the investors but the rich and famous celebs are leaving France for Belgium as a consequence of the “fair” tax increase by the socialist government. You should ask the thousands of newly unemployed French citizens whether they are feeling better now that they pay less and the rich pay more…

      • I don’t know about what Peter wrote but I am fairly certain that within the near neighbourhood in the ME there are at least a few millions that will not lose sleep had the Jews vanished over night.

        They’d probably celebrate in the first few days before they’ll turn on one another.

  5. Chris McGreal’s attempt to dehumanize Israelis is straight out of the 1930s. The only people who deliberately kill small children are Islamic fundamentalists drunk on religion and hatred.

    Chris McGreal is a Goebbelsian figure for today, clearly an anti-semite and possibly a closet Nazi. It was because of people like him that Israel was established.

    • McGreal’s criticism of Israel is excessive. But nowhere do I see prejudice on his part against Jews in general.

      Calling him Goebbelsian trivializes the Nazis.

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