Irish Times op-ed decries “Israeli ideology” of “hatred”, predicts state’s demise


Even by the standards of anti-Zionist hostility we’re accustomed to while monitoring the Guardian, a commentary published by the Irish Times on Oct. 3 is simply odious. Here’s the headline of the piece by a socialist activist (and ‘Comment is Free’ contributornamed Eamonn McCann:

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Here are some of the hysterical passages from an essay simply dripping with contempt towards the Jewish state:

The late Mary Holland once explained to me why she had changed sides on the Israel-Palestine issue after spending just a few hours in the region. She had arrived as a supporter and admirer of Israel, looking forward to experiencing the ways in which people who had survived one of the most appalling atrocities in all of human history were gathering in their ancestral homeland to envision and create a state of their own.

As soon as you walked out of the hotel, she recalled, you could see something was terribly wrong. Arabs shrinking back on the pavements to allow Jews to pass, being literally, physically pushed out of their way if they didn’t move fast enough, and, worst of all in her account, the Arabs’ heads-down acceptance of it all.

My old political mentor, Tony Cliff, born Yigael Gluckstein, founder of the Socialist Workers’ Party, recounted a similar sort of epiphany. A teenage member of the socialist Zionist group Hashomer Hatzair in the 1930s, he discarded the Zionist component of his belief “in one go” after watching a group of Jewish settlers moving through a market in Haifa systematically pouring kerosene over the produce on display on Arab fruit and vegetable stalls.

Last week, Orla Devine, in her early 20s, from Greysteel in Co Derry, described (orladevine.wordpress.com) her first day as a volunteer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel: “Abed Abu Jawwad stands in front of the rubble of his home where he and his family were sleeping only hours earlier. At 7am that morning, whilst the children were still sleeping, seven Israeli military vehicles, one bulldozer and approximately 40 people from the Israeli authorities surrounded the land of Abed, and his son Mahmoud Abu Jawwad, in Humsa village and began demolishing both houses and four animal shelters before they had the chance to empty them of all their belongings.”

It’s the routine nature of the incidents she recounts, as of the incidents that shifted the thinking of Mary Holland and Tony Cliff, that speaks most persuasively of the settled hatred that lies at the heart of Israel’s official ideology.

Commenting on the recent incident in which a French diplomat, Marion Fesneau-Castaing, punched an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, and criticism of Israel’s behavior towards Fesneau-Castaing by the former head of the Israel-Ireland Friendship League, Tom Carew, McCann adds:

Mr Carew was acting in Israel’s best interest in denouncing the assault on diplomats delivering aid to Palestinians. But Israel apparently cannot see that. Which will be the cause of its downfall in the end.

McCann’s agitprop – which uses a few fantastical anecdotes to advance a version of the “Zionism = Racism” smear – is simply indistinguishable from what’s published at Islamist extremist sites, or at Iranian propaganda organs like PressTV.

It’s such “everyday” hatred which continues to define the anti-Zionist ideology of the ‘sophisticated’ European far-Left. 

44 comments on “Irish Times op-ed decries “Israeli ideology” of “hatred”, predicts state’s demise

  1. The number of people like Eamonn McCann predicting Israel’s demise – usually, to cover themselves, in some unknown future rather than immediately, since it never seems to actually occur – grows at about the same rate as the growth and prosperity of Israel.

    No matter how the facts are opposed to their dire predictions, they are always willing to take a crack at Israel and in angry sorrow explain just why it is worse than, say… Ireland.

    They are rather like cultists who predict the end of the world or the return of Jesus – when it doesn’t happen they just move the date a bit further into the future.

  2. McCann’s actions sometimes go beyond scribbling gibberish in the papers.
    http://www.derryjournal.com/news/local-news/raytheon-6-cleared-1-2126238

    As for Tony Cliff, I can believe Cliff was his mentor both are or were nutty as fruitcakes and full of weird ‘political theories’.
    Tony Cliff was one of the founders of the weird, even by Trotskyite standards weird, theory that the then Soviet Union was a State Capitalist country.
    I met Cliff 40 years ago I wish that I had asked him why he was interned by Britain during WW2, I’m sure his answer would have been more interesting than some of his weird theories.

  3. Arabs shrinking back on the pavements to allow Jews to pass, etc.

    LOL the amount of lies is incredible. I wonder if the arab doctors at the Israeli hospitals also shrink back when they treat their Israeli patient..

    • In all my years in Israel I never encountered a “shrinking Arab”.

      Why would I? They have the same rights as everyone else.

    • According to the Pew poll cited by the Irish drunkard and child molester, American Jews really like Christmas trees. 62 percent had them in their homes last year. That’s pretty cool, don’t you think?

      • Agree Paddy.
        I find it sad to hear of the situation in Ireland and the lack of blanket negetive cover the region receives.

        • I support Israel and I think CIF does a great job in exposing the demonisation of Israel as in the IT article but people making racist comments about the Irish kind of defeats the object of challenging bigotry.

          • As per before, I totally agree.
            As do most of my Irish Friends.
            This is what I mean about not providing the correct information to the public and the volume of the boased articles.
            I could say similar things about the French media.

    • Oh the irony. On a site dedciated to challenging prejudice, here’s a horribly bigoted comment garnering support among the regular BTLers.

  4. A friend of mine once explained to me why she had changed sides on the Ireland issue after spending just a few hours in Dublin. She had arrived as a supporter and admirer of Ireland, looking forward to experiencing the ways in which people who had survived British occupation were now independent in their ancestral homeland to envision and create a state of their own.

    As soon as you walked out of the hotel, she recalled, you could see something was terribly wrong. Jews shrinking back on the pavements to allow Irish Catholics to pass, being literally, physically pushed out of their way if they didn’t move fast enough, and, worst of all in her account, the Jews’ heads-down acceptance of it all.

  5. We’re talking the Irish Times here. They famously covered up for Albert Folens, who created the biggest publisher of school books in Ireland. Folens was a fanatical Jew hating Nazi, who had fought with the SS and then worked as an interpreter for the Gestapo. He was sentenced to ten years by a Belgian court for war crimes, but escaped after 2 1/2 years, and was given refuge in Ireland. The Times always covered up his past, and their obituary of his death lied about his role in the SS and the Gestapo. Unsurprisingly, the Irish Times has also published some breath taking bigotry against Protestants, and also covered up for Saddam. A very seedy rag.

    • Thanks for the INFO. Rather ties up with the UK Mail being supportive of WWII German treatment of Jews. And Mosley too.

      • Watch Question time’s Mehdi Hasan speech about the Mail.
        I think that’s about sum them up.
        I am not a supporter of Hasan on some cases but I give credit where i believe credit is due. Good speech and very well spoken.
        It is on 29:25.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03c6zxq/Question_Time_03_10_2013/
        Apologies for those who cannot view it.
        Pay attention how the Mail’s representative Quentin Letts doesn’t even attempt to deny any of it but simply shrugs it away as Politically correct policies.
        In fact he even sees nothing wrong about attacking a former Navy soldier who served his country just because it served to tarnish the son.
        Cowards!

    • The Irish Times wouldn’t have covered for Folens. And as it was a Protestant paper it didn’t publish breathtaking bigotry about them either. You might have the now defunct Irish Press in mind.

      • Sorry, the Irish Times did cover. Look at the archives. Folens’ obituary (20 September 2003) mentions his service in the Flemish Legion, but does not mention that it was part of the SS. It says he turned to private translating after he was invalided out the army, but does not mention his work for the Gestapo. Similarly for attacks on Protestants. They published a piece by Sean Byrne on 3 June 2009 denouncing the funding of Protestant fee paying schools. It started off by claiming that a Catholic school was underfunded at the whims of a local C of I clergyman. In 1832. That was the justification of Byrne’s rant against Protestants. Pure, unabashed bigotry.

  6. The late Mary Holland once explained to me why she had changed sides on the Israel-Palestine issue after spending just a few hours in the region.

    At this early point you already have to be skeptical.

    As soon as you walked out of the hotel, she recalled, you could see something was terribly wrong. Arabs shrinking back on the pavements to allow Jews to pass, being literally, physically pushed out of their way if they didn’t move fast enough,

    In which parallel, perverted universe was this Israel?

    • I know.

      As soon as I read the “Arabs shrinking back” bit, I shrieked, “What??!!” (followed by a stream of obscenities).

      Such BS, yet it seems to be swallowed whole by some people.

    • Exactly my thought, pretz. The very first sentence hits you like, “what is this piece of OTT irresponsible b.s.?”

    • The IT has always been anti-Israel, it takes a lot of it’s material from the Guardian, but since Kevin O’Sullivan took over as editor from Geraldine Kennedy it has completely lost the plot. However in the same period it has also been haemorrhaging readers.

  7. What McCann didn’t say was that Mary Holland wasn’t a name picked at random, she was what used to be called his common-law wife and therefore likely to be of his mentality all along. Secondly McCann is a convicted thief having been found guilty of stealing two computer discs in Derry. Isn’t there supposed to be a relationship between liars and thieves?

  8. “As soon as you walked out of the hotel, she recalled, you could see something was terribly wrong. Arabs shrinking back on the pavements to allow Jews to pass, being literally, physically pushed out of their way if they didn’t move fast enough, and, worst of all in her account, the Arabs’ heads-down acceptance of it all.”

    People see what they want to see.
    I lived there for 21 years and visited every odd year since and i have not seen such a thing.
    What I have seen is some Arabic Israelis making a scene every time they are being questioned about something while Israelis obey the searches on the entry to malls and public places.
    I have seen various people being treated wrongly at times both Arabs and Jews, both Jews and christians or muslims, but I would never put it as a national policy or even as a normal case.

    I doubt Mary would have seen this in haifa or Akko.

    • What I have seen is some Arabic Israelis making a scene every time they are being questioned about something while Israelis obey the searches on the entry to malls and public places.

      You saw the same Arab Israelis being questioned many times? How so?
      And why do you think they made a scene?

      • You are right Pretz and it is poor wording.
        Let me explain.
        On few (very few) instances I have seen some Arab people (I assume they had blue ID cards) made a scene @ the entrance to mall or once in the Air port when they were questioned or asked to open the bags like every one else in the queue.
        Some made a scene as if being victimised.
        Maybe they had a reason to, I couldn’t tell but the reason I brought this up is to counter Mary’s account.

        She supposadly said: “Arabs shrinking back on the pavements to allow Jews to pass, being literally, physically pushed out of their way if they didn’t move fast enough, and, worst of all in her account, the Arabs’ heads-down acceptance of it all.”
        People who “accept it all” or “shrink back” do not argue and make a scene.

        This was my intention.
        That’s not to say that many Arab Israelis complain or that many Jews don’t.
        That’s to show that it is not a black and white picture as was portrayed in the article.

        Apologies for being misunderstood.

  9. I read her very good article and overall I agree with her. Although I would suggest it is a Europe wide leftist problem. I support Israel and constantly fight against anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism. My point is that defending a country by demonising another is counter productive. I am not accusing you of this but others clear have on here.

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