Yesterday, we noted that Guardian reporter Linda Laville published nearly 5000 words (in four reports on Feb. 21) devoted to the recent conviction of three Birmingham Jihadists who were conspiring to launch a large-scale terror attack in the UK, and didn’t mention that Jews were among the possible targets.
Here’s the relevant passage in Laville’s account:
Although no target was ever discussed, their ambition was to outdo the bombers from the 7 July 2005 attacks in London. Naseer told his associates the plan was for “seven or eight [bombs] in different places with timers on at the same time, boom, boom, boom”
However, we noted that the jury in the trial heard recordings made by police of the three men (Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali) specifically mentioning the possibility of targeting a British synagogue, a fact which was reported by other news outlets, including the Telegraph.
Indeed, as we observed in our post, this latest plot represents the third recent case in which Islamist terrorists have targeted British Jews, and is thoroughly consistent with Al Qaeda’s broader strategy of targeting Jews in the West.
Last night, I had this exchange with the Guardian’s Laville. (Laville was responding to someone who re-tweeted our original post)
— Adam Levick (@adamlevick) February 21, 2013
Interestingly, however, an alert reader in the UK informed us this morning that today’s print edition of the Guardian (scanned below) contained a slightly different version of one of the online reports by Laville.
As you can see, the story was the lead:
Here’s a scan of the specific story in the paper:
Here’s the passage we highlighted:
No firm targets were ever identified by the police and security services although the plotters made various threats against groups including soldiers, women, anyone in crowded places and synagogues.
So, why the change to the print edition version of the original online story?
Perhaps only Linda Laville knows for sure, but we certainly have our suspicions.
- Guardian reports on UK terror plot ignore facts regarding potential Jewish targets (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian Teacher Network site promotes distorted history of Israel’s birth (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian: Confirming an obsession (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian analyst laments that Israel’s ‘far-right’ gov’t won’t make peace with global jihadists (cifwatch.com)
- Jonathan Freedland’s illusions about the nature of modern antisemitism (cifwatch.com)
- CiF’s Jonathan Romain, and ‘Guardian Left’ rationalizations for antisemitism (cifwatch.com)