Following CiF Watch post, Guardian removes reference to ‘powerful Jewish lobby’


Though our complaint to the Guardian this morning has thus far gone unanswered, we’re pleased they removed an extremely gratuitous (and pejorative) reference to Jews in a column by Ian Black and Martin Chulov (Israeli forces seize rockets ‘destined for Gaza’ in raid on Iranian ship in Red Sea, March 6).

Here’s the original passage which we highlighted in our post:

The seizure follows a visit this week by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to Washington, where he used a meeting with Barack Obama and a stump speech to the powerful Jewish lobby AIPAC to underscore his reservations about a nuclear deal with Iran.

Here’s the passage now:

The seizure follows a visit this week by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to Washington, where he used a meeting with Barack Obama and a stump speech to the powerful pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC to underscore his reservations about a nuclear deal with Iran.

As we argued earlier, AIPAC is not a Jewish organization, and the decision by Black and Chulov to use the term “powerful Jewish lobby” is inconsistent with the warnings of the Guardian Readers’ editor Chris Elliott (in a column in 2011) to their journalists and commentators to avoid “language long associated with antisemitic tropes such as Jews having too much power and control”.

Whilst, unfortunately, there’s no editor’s note below the article explaining the new wording, we’re of course glad they saw fit to make the revision. 

UPDATE: Guardian editors did respond to our email, and noted that the article includes the following addendum:

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10 comments on “Following CiF Watch post, Guardian removes reference to ‘powerful Jewish lobby’

  1. Good result Adam, The Guardian has removed this racist term twice in the last nine days. Did you contact the editor as well?

      • Have you seen the map the BBC and Guardian like to use? The one with the huge Israel next to that tiny little sliver of Gaza which is right above a portion of what is Egypt. Good old Euro knowledge, no doubt.

  2. Apart from the Jewish lobby, that’s actually not a bad article. The writers quote Netanyahu without sneering at his words, as the BBC would do, and there’s a comprehensive and non-judgemental report on the various Israeli attacks on weapons smuggling operations.

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