The Guardian AGAIN whitewashes the ethnic cleansing of Jews


We recently posted about a stunning omission at the Guardian, an entry at their data blog which in effect erased the plight of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees in the latter half of the 20th century from the pages of history.  The July 25th report, edited by Mona Chalabi, was titled What happened to history’s refugees?‘, and included, in a supposedly complete list of history’s refugees, the following events: Israelites: Canaan (740 BC), Edict of Fontainebleau (France 1685), Muhacirs (Ottoman Empire 1783), Pogroms (Russia 1881), WWI (Europe 1914), WWII (Europe 1945), and the Nakba (Palestine 1948).

It then skipped right over the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arab lands and listed, as the next refugees crisis in the 20th century, Idi Amin’s Order (Uganda 1972) – Amin’s expulsion of more than 50,000 Asians from the country.

The Guardian data blog completely omitted the expulsion of more than 800,000 Jewfrom Middle Eastern and North African countries between 1948 and 1972, an undisputed event in which Arab leaders (beginning in 1948) conspired to target the Jewish populations in their respective countries.  This antisemitic persecution included confiscating Jewish property and assets, and stripping Jews of their citizenship – forcing them to flee their homes and surrender their nationalities. Whereas in 1948 there were 850,000 Jews in Arab states, today there are less than 7,000.

This Arab collective punishment against innocent Jews was initiated of course to exact revenge for the ‘sin’ of the Jewish state’s rebirth.

Additionally, Harriet Sherwood published a report at The Observer (sister publication of the Guardian) on Saturday which again erased the Arab expulsion of Jews in the period after Israel’s birth.  The piece is titled ‘The new Jerusalem‘, July 27, and focuses on “the problem” of Jews who are (legally) purchasing property from Arabs in eastern Jerusalem – imputing, naturally, the darkest motives to everyday commercial transactions in the Israeli capital.  Indeed, as the following passage from her report indicates, Sherwood seems intent on characterizing Jews’ desire to live in neighborhoods outside of the 1949 armistice lines as something akin to ethnic cleansing.

Around 1,000 Jewish settlers now live among 31,000 Palestinians in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, taking over homes that have been inhabited by Muslim families for decades or even centuries, and flying Israeli flags from the walls and rooftops of their properties. They are the frontline fighters in a broader battle – backed by the Israeli government, city authorities and security services – to ensure Jewish control of Jerusalem and to drive its Palestinian population down to a minimum.

Sherwood of course doesn’t provide much in the way of details about this ‘Israeli plan’ to drive Palestinians from Jerusalem, but suffice to say that if there were such a scheme population figures would indicate that it is failing miserably.  

Per the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies:

Over the years, there has been an evident decline in the proportionate size of Jerusalem’s Jewish population, with a concomitant increase in the proportion of the Arab population. The proportion of the Jewish population fell from 74% in
1967 to 72% in 1980, to 68% in 2000, and to 64% in 2009. Simultaneously the Arab population rose from 26% in 1967 to 28% in 1980, to 32% in 2000, and to 36% in 2009.

But, not only does Sherwood suggest, without evidence, an Israeli attempt to purge the city of Palestinians, but when in the course of her narrative there’s an opportunity to provide balance and context, and detail the expulsion of Jews from eastern Jerusalem in 1948, the Guardian reporter merely writes the following:

at the end of the war following the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, Jerusalem was divided, with the Old City on the Jordanian-controlled eastern side of the armistice line, known as the Green Line. The Jewish population within the ancient stone walls sank to zero.

Why the Jewish population “within the ancient stone walls” magically “sank to zero”, she of course doesn’t say.

Readers aren’t told that on May 28, 1948 the Jewish Quarter of the Old City fell to the Arab Legion and upon its capture Jews were expelled from eastern Jerusalem and barred from returning, or even visiting Jewish holy places – and that the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was all but destroyed.  

Expelled Jews shoved out of Zion Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem after the Arab conquest of 1948.

Expelled Jews shoved out of Zion Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem after the Arab conquest of 1948.

Additionally, in the immediate aftermath of the expulsion, the following occurred:

Fifty-eight synagogues—some hundreds of years old—were destroyed [by the Jordanians], their contents looted and desecrated. Some Jewish religious sites were turned into chicken coops or animal stalls. The Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, where Jews had been burying their dead for over 2500 years, was ransacked; graves were desecrated; thousands of tombstones were smashed and used as building material, paving stones or for latrines in Arab Legion army camps. The Intercontinental Hotel was built on top of the cemetery and graves were demolished to make way for a highway to the hotel. The Western Wall became a slum area.

In short, any trace of Jewish life was destroyed. The misnomer “historically Arab East Jerusalem” is of course based on this 18 year historical blip when the city was forcibly rendered Judenrein – a moral injustice which was only brought to an end when Israeli soldiers liberated the city on June 7, 1967.   

Did the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent really not know any of this?  

In an over 1800 word story, did she not consider providing her readers with even a brief mention of the cleansing of Jews, or that such context would help readers understand Israel’s hesitancy to relinquish sovereignty over the birthplace of Judaism, a city representing nothing short of the spiritual epicenter of their faith?

For the second time in a week the Guardian has attempted to expunge from the public record an indisputable saga regarding the ethnic cleansing of Jews – innocent victims of Arab malevolence who reluctantly continue to assume the role of history’s forgotten refugees.

57 comments on “The Guardian AGAIN whitewashes the ethnic cleansing of Jews

  1. WHY IS THE EXPULSION OF JEWS FROM MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES BETWEEN 1948 AND 1972 BEING LEFT OUT OF HISTORY BY THE GUARDIAN? MAKES NO SENSE. DOES THE GUARDIAN AND THE REPORTER THINK THAT BY LEAVING OUT THIS VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN HISTORY THAT IT MEANS IT WASN’T IMPORTANT? OR THAT IT ISN’T TRUE? THE WORLD KNOWS BETTER. SO IS THE GUARDIAN ON THE SIDE OF THE ARABS AND ALL MUSLIMS? DO THEY THINK THAT THIS WAS NOT A TRUE EVENT? THE OBSERVER AND THE REPORTER WHO WROTE ABOUT THE SAME THING LEFT OUT THIS SAME INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXPULSION OF JEWS BETWEEN 1948 AND 1972. THESE TWO CONNECTED NEWS SOURCES ARE KIN SO THEY GO BY THE RULES SET DOWN BY SOMEONE CONNECTED TO BOTH.

    • It’s all very serious stuff. But in Britain history is lost knowledge. The BBC tends to take the lead of The Guardian. In itself, the BBC has no knowledge. Dreadful state of affairs, very dangerous to Israel and eventually to every other civilised place.

      I saw a tweet that mentioned the 57 states. I assume that the additional ones are those currently in the hands or throes of terrorists/terrorism.

      • Seconded.

        TWB may or may not have something worthwhile to say, but I’m not about to wade through all that upper-case text to find out.

  2. I DO NOT TRUST THE GUARDIAN OR THE OBSERVER NOW. YOU CAN NOT GET THE TRUTH FROM EITHER ONE IF THEY DIDN’T MENTION THE 800,000 JEWS THAT WERE CLEANSED FROM MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRIES BETWEEN 1948 AND 1972.

  3. Such an article reminds me of the countless examples of Arabs cheating their way into property owned by Jews and not much if anything being done about it by the courts.

    There have even been examples of Arabs selling property to Jews and then claiming the property was still Arab-owned. It puts “only in Israel” in quite a new and not-very- healthy-for-Israel light.

  4. “Did the Guardian’s Jerusalem correspondent really not know any of this? ”

    Good question. I think (at minimum) that it’s inconvenient for her and the narrative she and her paper push and that their audience expects.

    • I am sure she has been told this. The problem is she approaches “evidaence” in a biased way. She believes that everything she is told by the Palestinians is true (it must be because they are the victims) whereas everything she is told by Israelis/Zionists is tainted or questionable (because they are the racist aggressors). That is why everything every Israeli spokesperson says in put in “inverted commas” or prefaced with “Israel claims that…”

    • Oh dear. Not this old nutmeg again. No – that’s not the Israeli way. In Israel, you are free to write or say whatever you want, even if you violently disagree with government policy or oppose the very existence of the state itself. If you want a society like Gaza, where alleged political opponents are thrown off rooftops or lynched and dragged through the streets, tehn fine. But that’s not for me.

  5. I think it would be legitimate to argue that the right of return of refugees be made the key issue of the peace negotiations, that I understand might just start today talking about peace talks. However, I think unless we make Uganda and Britain party to the negotiations it will be difficult to include the rights of the Asian refugees from Uganda.

    • “I think it would be legitimate to argue that the right of return of refugees be made the key issue of the peace negotiations..”
      How very interesting Harpal.
      At least it would be if the subject of the thread was about that. But you might have noticed that it is about the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem, and other places, and the facts of those expulsions being overlooked by ‘The Guardian’.

      • We could just go back to 1945 and give the refugees – unlike the Palestinians, real ones – the right of return to all the numerous countries of their birth and take all their descendants with them.

        We would then have a slightly more level playing field with Western countries getting a little into the disastrous state the Middle East ones have achieved.

        But teaching real history would be far more beneficial.

  6. HarpalSingh aka AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton aka Nazisse Jane/Catherine/Samantha aka NS-
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  7. In addition to Sherwood’s ridiculous suggestion that the Jewish population of the Old City simply left of their own accord, there’s this from her report:

    “Every minute – midnight, midday, evening, morning – they are singing, praying, playing music, slamming doors, coming up and down the stairs. But they never speak to us” …

    Such words are common all over the world when it comes to long-standing residents complaining about “immigrants.”
    What if a white Cockney were to say that about Bangladeshi neighbours?
    What would Sherwood’s tone and type of article be if such words came from e.g. Jewish residents talking about Arab neighbors?

    • Yes – good comment.

      Of course Sherwood knows full well what happened to the Jewish population of the Old City in 1948 and during the years that Jordan was in command. It is well documented (and as my own family was part of that expulsion I am particularly depressed by the revisionism that Sherwood so eagerly co-opts). There are plaques throughout the Jewish Quarter describing the history of various sites – the destroyed synagogues etc – which even the short-sighted among us are able to read.

      I am assuming that this ‘narrative’ is now in ascendancy among those Sherwood hangs out with – she hasn’t got the confidence to have dreamed this up all on her own. Such insouciant revisionism is necessary, when you think about it, to buttress the various claims – that the Arab and Christian Palestinians are the true and righteous ‘possessors’ of the Old City, that the Jews were never really there and are only now there as colonialist blah blah usurpers blah blah, that the Kotel and Temple Mount are not really Jewish artifacts and that therefore that the Old City must revert to an imaginary status quo ante with the Jewish population at less than zero….

      It is revealing that Sherwood deliberately chooses to promote this particular fairytale which continues the pandering and infantilisation of the Palestinian cause and that her colleagues at the Guardian (assuming anyone there reads or checks her ‘work’) did not demur. This nonsense will be repeated and so it will become a ‘fact’ to the diminishing readers of what once a great paper that the Jews of the Old City left for no apparent reason so loose was their connection with Jerusalem.

      It is also a pity that the Palestinians are not blessed with historians who have the courage to demand access to the closed archives of the various Arab government actors in the region at the time. Many Israeli historians (vide Morris et al) on the other hand have produced painstaking work that has exposed the actions of the Jewish Palestinians/Israelis-to-be, where in some cases, yes, there were indeed brutal expulsions of the Arab populations during the mayhem of 1948.

      Any finally (forgive the length!), you picked up on this:
      “Every minute – midnight, midday, evening, morning – they are singing, praying, playing music, slamming doors, coming up and down the stairs. But they never speak to us” …
      Sounds like my neighbours upstairs…(the praying in this case being weekly group meetings of the Falun Dong supporters in this part of London). But the piece was dictated to Sherwood and she failed to engage an editorial brain.

      • Now that you mention – yes, I remember the plaques informing visitors about the plight of the Jewish quarter after ’48. But FFS a Jerusalem correspondent shouldn’t need tourist information boards to get the low-down on local history, should she? And she doesn’t appear to have even that basic knowledge.

        And re. “dictated to Sherwood”:
        See the second and third paragraphs – detailed descriptions of this ominous-sounding security guard.
        Further down, however, she makes a passing reference simply to “a security guard stationed in a sentry box almost opposite the family’s front door” – not e.g. “THE security guard described above/earlier by the family.”

        Strange. Or am I going crazy here?

        • She knows alright but she has been willingly captured to act as a mouthpiece.
          And a long-winded, repetitive (yes, the sentry), stream of consciousness piece of piffle is the result.

          • I’ve only just noticed – you can now ‘follow’ Sherwood but only by email…. Hahaha! Poor little thing, she can’t take the heat but enjoys stirring in the kitchen.

  8. Gerald I assumed the Jews who were expelled want to return? Perhaps we should ask them?

    Anyway the article states “The Guardian data blog completely omitted the expulsion of more than 800,000 Jews from Middle Eastern and North African countries between 1948 and 1972, an undisputed event in which Arab leaders (beginning in 1948) conspired to target the Jewish populations in their respective countries. This antisemitic persecution included confiscating Jewish property and assets, and stripping Jews of their citizenship – forcing them to flee their homes and surrender their nationalities. Whereas in 1948 there were 850,000 Jews in Arab states, today there are less than 7,000.

    This Arab collective punishment against innocent Jews was initiated of course to exact revenge for the ‘sin’ of the Jewish state’s rebirth.”

    I presume it expects retribution which entails the right of return.

    I accept I do not know your agenda.

  9. HarpalSingh aka AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton aka Nazisse Jane/Catherine/Samantha aka NS-
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  10. Pretzelburg I do not think the Arabs are saying

    “Every minute – midnight, midday, evening, morning – they are singing, praying, playing music, slamming doors, coming up and down the stairs. But they never speak to us” about the newly arrived immigrants or are they?

    I think you will find cockneys have stopped saying this about their Bangali immigrants long time ago.

  11. HarpalSingh aka AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton aka Nazisse Jane/Catherine/Samantha aka NS-
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  12. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-holy-anti-semitic-month-of-ramadan/
    The Holy Anti-Semitic Month of Ramadan
    Hussein Aboubakr
    JULY 24, 2013

    From the days of my early childhood in Egypt, anti-Semitism was not only a common phenomenon, it has been a national characteristic of my country. From Alexandria to Aswan, in every city and small town along the Nile river, anti-Jewish propaganda can be easily found in mosques, bookstores, on the radio, in newspapers and on TV.

    Learning to hate Jews starts in Egypt the first moment you learn about their existence and continues long into adulthood. I am so used to seeing Jews identified by the old traditional Middle Ages stereotype as mean, filthy, greedy dishonest conspirators out to cause global chaos and disharmony among the Egyptian people. Bit by bit I learned all the elements and causes of religious and secular hatred of Jews in Egyptian society. I still recall the time when, as a 13-year-old, I got to experience the broadcast of the Ramadan special: “A Horseless Knight,” a TV series watched widely across Egypt telling the story of the Jewish conspiracy to dominate humanity, as recorded in the “Elder’s Protocols.” The TV series spurred a large growth in sales of countless copies of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in Egypt.

    Egyptians will be celebrating the holy month of Ramadan until August 7th this year. Little is known in the west about this Islamic festival other than that it is a holy month of fasting. Ramadan is the biggest and longest event in the Muslim world. The holiday is marked by 30 days of feasts and traditional celebrations, which vary depending on the cultural heritage of the country and are tangential to the religion.

    In some countries, schools and some businesses go on vacation for the entire month. In other countries, work is limited to only 4-6 hours a day.

    Muslims and Arabs spend each day fasting, refraining from eating food and drinking water. Due to the usual harsh climate in the Middle East, they spend most of their time resting in the shade. Upon sunset they break their fast in a celebration known as Iftar, leaving the rest of the evening and night to a continuous joyful festival atmosphere with plenty of good food and family reunions and the family TV room is the traditional place for spending Ramadan.

    During Ramadan, Arab TV networks offer hundreds of new daily shows starring the biggest actors and actresses in the Arab world, nearly 300 new episodes of Arabic language programs are introduced during the prime viewing month of Ramadan. Most of these programs are produced in Egypt, which was almost the sole producer of Arabic media content until the 2000s, which led to a prevalence of Egyptian Arabic all over the Middle East.

    As far as I remember from the early days of my childhood, not one Ramadan season missed the opportunity to introduce some major anti-Jewish documentary or TV series. The biggest hit Ramadan specials in Egypt are usually programs that offer a large dose of anti-Semitism to the Arab appetite.

    The Middle East has a mythological mix of nationalism, history and religion unlike anything in the West. National loyalty and history need to be defined clearly and because of the development of the Abrahamic framework of the region, the subject of “the Jews” offers a unique integration of these elements.

    Ramadan, is the perfect time to celebrate not just Muslim identity but being un-Jewish.

    This Ramadan, a new documentary called Khaibar and produced by an Egyptian is being broadcast on a pan-Arab Qatari TV network. Khaibar introduces the audience to Jews being the villains, conspirators out to dominate humanity, enemies of Islam and slayers of prophets, the same themes used to define Jews over and over again to Arab audiences. It portrays the Jewish community living in the Arabian Peninsula during the time of the Prophet as a secret society, only concerned with conspiring against everyone else, including other Jews.

    Ramadan specials like Khaibar are designed to remind large numbers of Arab viewers every day for a month that their Jewish neighbors are plotting their destruction. I distinctly remember Ramadan in 2005, when a Lebanese TV series titled The Diaspora Arabs featured a scene in which Jews slaughtered a Christian child for their secret matzah ingredient, the blood of Christians!

    Given the fact that Arabs don’t have a strong reading culture, most of the information Arabs depend on comes from television, although lately the internet is becoming more prominent. Because of this, it may not be unusual to find a viewer of The Diaspora Arabs utterly convinced that the Jews eat matzah tainted with the blood of Christians. Unfortunately some Arab TV stations have decided to take advantage of a Muslim holiday to broadcast paranoia, obsessions and illusions.

    Ramadan is supposed to offer Muslims a month of spiritual reflection, self-restraint, an opportunity to give charity and empathize with those who are less fortunate. Yet because of those who make decisions on Arab TV networks, this year’s Ramadan offers another dose of unchallenged hatred and historical forgery, planting deeper seeds of Jewish hatred that is all too often becoming an expression of Arab identity in the modern age.

  13. That said: this article is let down by the ridiculous distortions seen in the previous CiFW piece on the issue.

    The original Guardian article about refugees did NOT “[erase] the plight of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees in the latter half of the 20th century from the pages of history”.
    Nor did it claim to be a “complete list of history’s refugees”.

    Good on CiFWatch for highlighting the Guardian’s misdemanours – but theres no need to make stuff up.

      • Indeed – but countless other cases as well.

        And the G. did not – contrary to what this article asserts – claim to be publishing a “complete list of history’s refugees”. So it hardly “erased” the plight of post-48 Jewish refugees “from the pages of history” – did it?

  14. Guardian is nuts defending the indefensible

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2006/jul/20/missilespostin

    Goldman says that the children were from Kiryat Shmona, which is right on the border with Lebanon and had been hit by Hizbullah rockets. The AP photographer who took the photograph does not want to speak publicly about it, but Goldman is given an account by a reporter who was there.

    The reporter insists that nobody who was there spoke with hatred about the Lebanese.

    Goldman is told the children had been scared by the rockets and had been cooped up in underground shelters for five days and were probably a bit giddy at being outside and at the interest from photographers. An Israeli unit was in the town and some 12 photographers were taking pictures, Goldman was told.

    According to the account, some of the parents wrote messages to Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah and then they handed the markers to the children who started drawing Israeli flags on the shells. The photographers, looking for a powerful image, had found one.

    Some bloggers have wondered if the media was culpable for perhaps coaxing the children into writing on the missiles, though Goldman’s related account suggests it was the parents who invited the children to write messages.

    Goldman adds, however, that the children would not have seen images of dead Lebanese as these kinds of images are not broadcast in Israel, suggesting the children were probably acting with some ignorance about the devastation the missiles were causing. They had seen Mr Nasrallah on television threatening Israel, Goldman says.

  15. alexa “jews stay were they are arabs stay were they are . end of problem.”

    That is tribal politics – individuals need be able to exercise their rights – Each individual should be free to exercise his rights. Otherwise it is not justice and amounts to the same as collective punishment, illegal in international law.

    I appreciate that the author of this article has raised the issue of the rights of the refugees and rightly so.

    • Harpal – you are so right. People do need to be able to exercise their rights. That is great and dandy, but what do you mean – in practical, real world terms?

      I can’t “exercise my right” to live anywhere I want in the world. If I want to live in the USA, i need to go through a long and complicated visa process. The same is true if I wanted to live pretty much anywhere outside the EU. If I want to live in Saudi Arabia or Iran, I would probably need to convert to Islam first (I’m not sure they’d welcome me as a Jew).

      People’s “rights” are restricted all the time in many different ways – often with very good reason i.e. the greater good. That’s how the world works. Get used to it.

    • 700,000 arab refugees from Israel . 850,000 jews refugees from arab countries. Jews can’t go back to arab countries if they want to stay alive. So Jews won;t go back and arab refugees won;t go back. end of story.

  16. A very interesting post above from Barry Meridian. In it Barry you say:

    ‘Little is known in the west about this Islamic festival other than that it is a holy month of fasting.’

    Well, if you are in Britain this Ramadan you can watch a four minute slot on left-wing Channel 4 TV at 19-55 every week day and just after C4 News on weekends called ‘Ramadan Diaries’. I usually watch this little propaganda program as I’m currently in England. It is, typically, self-made videos by British-based Muslims showing how they spend Ramadan.

    I am less than happy about the general tone of this series which suggests that the average viewer needs 30 days of educating in the joys of Ramadan and using my own knowledge of Islamic mores I notice that no women are present when they show non-Muslim males sharing the Iftar meal with Muslim men at mosques. This aspect is never explained, nor are other things an average viewer might find puzzling

    Many of those participating are British Muslim converts. I find them uneasy viewing. We were shown a man of Pakistani background visiting a mosque full of English converts in Norwich, England. I used to know someone who knew a family of converts who attended Norwich mosque. They had formerly been genuine liberals but in a short time had become openly and rabidly anti-Jewish and told my acquaintence that ‘Hitler was on the right lines’ (which ended his contact with them).

    I notice that with increasing frequency references to Ramadan in British TV news bulletins find it necessary to describe Ramadan as ‘the Holy month of Ramadan.’
    I

  17. Barry quoted a self hating Muslim – or so he says

    “Muslims and Arabs spend each day fasting, refraining from eating food and drinking water. Due to the usual harsh climate in the Middle East, they spend most of their time resting in the shade. Upon sunset they break their fast in a celebration known as Iftar, leaving the rest of the evening and night to a continuous joyful festival atmosphere with plenty of good food and family reunions and the family TV room is the traditional place for spending Ramadan.”

  18. Labenal You are so right – I do not know how to disagree with you. Anyway you are deliberately trying to be awkward. People have certain rights they do not have any right to do anything imaginable. For example, nobody has the right to kill a person. Nobody has the right deny anybody access to his own property. I can go on. However, everybody has the right to return to their homes and nobody has the right to deny them that right. The right is irrespective of a persons faith that is why I appreciate the blogger and what the blogger has written on the issue of the right of return. I see no reason why anybody should be prevented to return to their home in Jerusalem or anywhere else.

  19. “….that is why I appreciate the blogger and what the blogger has written on the issue of the right of return..”

    Harpal can you quote EXACTLY where in the article at the top of this thread that Adam Levick has written using the term ‘the right of return’?

    Of course it could be that you are desperately trying to read things that are not there to fit in with your own warped agenda. Fortunately you and your ilk are not very bright and telegraph your agenda by using such well worn phrases as ‘right of return’, ‘collective punishment’ and a favourite ‘Apartheid state’.

    Now be a good boy take your hackneyed phrases, your agenda and shove them where the Sun doesn’t shine!

    • “Now be a good boy take your hackneyed phrases, your agenda and shove them where the Sun doesn’t shine!”

      He’s already there, Gerald.

  20. Gerald must read before firing spurious comments –
    Here is Levick referring to the Jews denied their right of return to Jerusalem – I appreciate Levick standing up for the right of Return – Why do you have problem with that.

    “Why the Jewish population “within the ancient stone walls” magically “sank to zero”, she of course doesn’t say.

    Readers aren’t told that on May 28, 1948 the Jewish Quarter of the Old City fell to the Arab Legion and upon its capture Jews were expelled from eastern Jerusalem and barred from returning, or even visiting Jewish holy places – and that the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was all but destroyed.”

    • Harpal – your imagination knows no bounds. The passage you quote is clearly nothing whatever to do with the “right of return”. It is entirely historical in scope. Is that really the best you can do?

  21. Labenal What is with you and comprehension. Why would you be barred from returning if you were not returning and if you were returning were you not exercising your right of return? If you were returning you must have left sometime in the past. Is that not historic? Please talk sensibly.

    Of course one has to bow to your superior knowledge and accept history has nothing to with the past and returning has nothing to do with the right of return. Just making fun of your comprehension and your play of words.

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  24. I am looking at the real time “All” twitter metions for harriet sherwood, and literally NO pro-Israel people are even tweeting at her. The only person who is is the founder of the Electronic Intifada.

    https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%40harrietsherwood&src=typd

    Why is the pro-Israel side so f*cking terrible at this stuff? There should be dozens or hundreds of people tweeting at writers like her, sending her pro-Israel facts to consider using. But nobody here is doing it. Nobody anywhere is doing it. This is the strangest crap I’ve ever seen. Why isn’t the pro-Israel side organizing?

    Do regular Jewish people read this, or just Schlomo from the synagogue who has no idea how to use a computer, or what?

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