Glenn Greenwald’s predictable dishonesty over pro-terror Tweets of Mona Seif

In April it was announced that an Egyptian woman named Mona Seif was a finalist for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders – a prize established in 1993 to honour  those “who demonstrate exceptional courage in defending and promoting human rights”.  A jury, composed of officials from several NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, selects the winner.

On May 1 UN Watch issued the following statement:

UN Watch today called on the juryof the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, comprised of Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and eight other NGOs, and chaired by Hans Thoolen, to cancel its nomination of Mona Seif, an Egyptian activist who openly advocates terrorism and war crimes, as a top contender for the 2013 prize.

Further, the United Nations watchdog organization wasn’t alone in their condemnation of Seif, as the nomination was also fiercely criticized by such notable Egyptian human rights activists as Maikel Nabil and Amr Bakly.

On May 3, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald – parroting the predictable narrative of Electronic Intifada – tweeted the following:

First, neither report which Greenwald linked to in his Tweet (which included a post by the virulently anti-Israel NY Times commentator Robert Mackey) demonstrated that Seif’s positions were unfairly characterized by UN Watch.  

Moreover, as we’ve noted previously, Greenwald’s expansive definition of the word “smear” seems to include factually based claims about those whose political orientation he happens to be in alignment with, and this particular Tweet would suggest that he simply didn’t conduct serious research into Seif’s background before expressing his outrage at her opponents.

UN Watch’s evidence consists of the several quite unambiguous Tweets by Seif demonstrating that she did in fact defend Palestinian terrorism, including rocket attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas.

Here are  a few examples of Seif’s decidedly selective regard for human rights:

Support for Islamist terrorists involved with blowing up Egyptian gas pipelines to Israel:

Here, Seif requests the services of one of the more prolific antisemitic cartoonists, Carlos Latuff:

The following was Tweeted by Seif after Amnesty International called on both Hamas and Israel to stop attacks on civilians during the recent war in Gaza.

Finally, just in case there was any doubt regarding her position, Seif Tweeted the following just a few days ago, after the row erupted.

And, Glenn Greenwald’s patently dishonest Tweets accusing UN Watch of of engaging in a “smear” campaign won’t change the fact that Mona Seif is an open and evidently proud supporter of terrorism against Israelis.

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  1. It should be obvious by now that Glenn ‘Goebbels’ Greenwald was hired by the Guardian precisely because of his ability to spin, smear and elide in the service of Israel’s enemies. Greenwald’s articles are merely the written narrative equivalent of the visual distortions and messages of the cartoons of Steve Bell.

  2. Somehow the name Mona triggers some echo in Greenwald’s soul. Mona Holland, Mona Seif… I’m looking forward to read a new article applauding Mona Baker too.
    All of them have the same name and all of them are vicious Jew haters….

  3. I know i’s off-topic, but Greenwald’s head looks like it was created on a 3-D printer. I think that would explain a lot.

  4. What’s controversial about calling Israel a terrorist? Much more respectable than calling Seif a terrorist. She is not a terrorist (or perhaps you have some evidence of this) and she is only advocating resistance to occupation (which is legal under international law, of course). Sure, you have a political agenda to try to discredit her or to stop her views from gaining wide acceptance (though you are probably too late) but that doens’t mean that you’re right, in fact, it means you’re wrong!!!!

    • Ah, she’s only advocating resistance, eh? You mean the resistance that approves of the wanton murdering of civilians who have done nothing to oppress others. The resistance that cheers every time an infant has her throat slit, the resistance that glorifies mass murderers by building statues, naming parks, etc. Most people I know view this definition of resistance as existing in a parallel universe somewhere.

    • Oh, my, the Knight of Hypocrishire, aka “credulity”, is back from his stinky sewer.

    • sanity good to see your evidence given by yourself regarding your neo-Nazi credentials. Your words are the word by word echo of the speeches given at the Hungarian new arrow Cross Party rally against “Zionism” by well known fascist leaders. Many thanks, keep it up!

  5. the virulently anti-Israel NY Times commentator Robert Mackey

    Why is Mackey “virulently anti-semitic” ?? I looked through his blog pages and he has very few articles on Israel and he comments on a wide range of subjects. Is it because he dares to criticize the way Palestinians are treated under the Occupation (along with most of the world and a majority of Israelis , e.g. Naftali Bennet)? How does that translate into “virulently anti-semitic” ?

    Adam, why do you think that everyone is an anti-semite and why is it so important to you that everyone must be an anti-semite (to paraphrase Yair Lapid)

    • Apart from your obvious lack of reading skills (see anti-Israel vs. anti-Semitic) please quote the passage containing Levick’s allegation that “everyone is an anti-Semite”.
      Is it because he dares to criticize the way Palestinians are treated under the Occupation…
      Not exactly because of that. Maybe because he’s a dumb libelous and ignorant asshole criticising anything that the Israelis do for making better and cheaper transport for the Palestinian workers?
      …(along with most of the world and a majority of Israelis , e.g. Naftali Bennet)?
      Thank you for showing that you can beat even Mackey on the ignorance front with one hand behind your back…
      BTW what exactly most of the world means? Assad, Nasrallah? Ahmadinejad? Hamas? The World Islamic Congress? The Greek Golden Dawn or the Hungarian Jobbik Party? Glenn Greenwald and Mona Seif? The Guardian? Maybe even you?

      • Ah, Corporal Peter, once again contributing little to the discussion. How noble you and the brave people who strive to do their very best to make lives better for Palestinians are. What wonderful people you are. If only we could aspire to such greatness and nobility! If only we could be more like you!!!

        • Sanity I wouldn’t wish to spoil your motivation but sadly you never ever could rise on the moral and intellectual level of the Israelis striving to make the lives better for both people. It sounds defeatist but facts are facts. Anti-Semite morons like yourself can’t became neither noble nor brave even if their efforts make them excrete big chunks of masonry. But anyway don’t despair and try it every day again and again.
          The Syrians are hungry for building material now – you can donate your products directly to the Syrian army and the opposing Islamists.

  6. Israelis can make live better for both people by letting the ethnically cleansed go back to their homes.

    Of course, if they choose to remain as armed squatters then justice will come to them one way or the other.

    • Will you restore the property and rights of some one million Jews you ethnically cleansed from Arab, Middle-Eastern countries?
      Seriously though, stop trolling.
      It’s unedifying and rather annoying…