A serious journalist who wished to provide analysis to Economist readers on the recent Olympic scandal involving an Egyptian judoka who refused to shake the hand of his Israeli competitor may have contextualized the incident by noting widespread antisemitism in Egyptian society. Indeed, though Cairo and Jerusalem signed a peace agreement in 1979, and ties between the two countries (on the governmental level) have never been closer, there is little if any sign that Egyptian animosity towards Jews – not just Israelis, but Jews qua Jews – has waned.
Throughout their pre-state history, Jews inhabited a precarious position, ever exposed to the whims and wishes of rulers and the resentment of the populace. Their trust in G-d as the absolute architect of history allowed them to endure unimaginable indignities, turning inward to concentrate on their own moral excellence. Wisse concludes that “Jews who endured the powerlessness of exile were in danger of mistaking it for a requirement of Jewish life or, worse, for a Jewish ideal.”
The headline not only obfuscates the racism and intolerance at the heart of the row, but uses neutral language (“competes” for the bus) which obscures the fact that this was a shared bus with enough room for both Israeli and Lebanese athletes. The word “compete” makes it sound as if there was only enough room for one team, and both parties were trying to gain exclusive access.
Elder of Ziyon noted the disturbing fact that, in his book, Ehrenreich seems genuinely fond of the family of Ahlam Tamimi – the Sbarro massacre mastermind. (This Tuesday will be the 15th anniversary of the deadly attack.) Elder observes “the fact that the Tamimis not only continue to justify the Sbarro attack, but are openly cheering pretty much every terror attack that has been perpetrated over the past year”.
Even by the low standards we’re accustomed to in our continuous monitoring of the British media’s coverage of Israel, the uncritical review of Ben Ehrenreich book, The way to the spring: life and death in Palestine, which appeared in the Aug. 6 print edition of The Telegraph is appalling. Similar to the Economist review of the same book that we posted about last month, the Telegraph reviewer’s shows extraordinary credulousness in the face of Ehrenreich’s Pallywood tale featuring the Tamimis of the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh.
CST just published its latest Antisemitic Incident Report, and revealed that the first six months of 2016 saw an 11% increase in antisemitic hate incidents in the UK compared to the same period” last year.
Shah admirably acknowledges what Jenny Tonge would not: that you can style yourself an anti-racist and genuinely care about the ideals of equality and social justice but, when it comes to Israel, still be drawn towards narratives, rhetoric and tropes associated with classic antisemitism.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims that it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine “at the expense of our Palestinian people.” The Palestinian threat is not as laughable as it sounds. It’s not unexpected either, as part of the current Palestinian strategy to exploit any law and abuse any forum to delegitimise Israel.
So Nicola, are Jews welcome at the Edinburgh festival? Not shadows of Jews, scared to express their identity, looking over their shoulder, worried about what they can and cannot say for fear of persecution. But real Jews, proud, Zionist, Israeli flag waving Jews. Jews that are free to walk in the light. Are they welcome?
Though Economist editors (and cartoonists) no doubt fancy themselves sophisticated and progressive, and part of an elite group of opinion leaders not prone to voicing “astoundingly stupid” ideas, the textual and graphic depiction of Palestinians in the article parrots the same regressive racism of low expectations which, as much as any other factor, embodies the mindless sloganeering of the radical left.
We’ve often argued that any news organization truly devoted to accurate coverage of the region must provide readers with background on Palestinian antisemitism – one of the major ideological factors driving the […]
The article fails to inform readers that the Orthodox Jews in question were members of an extremely marginal anti-Zionist movement (with almost no support in the British Jewish community) known as Neturei Karta – a group “founded on the idea that Zionism is a demonic force”, and one which often provides a fig leaf for anti-Semites around the globe.
Over at Israellycool, you can find a collection of tweets by some vile Israel haters vilifying Elie Wiesel on the day the world learned of his passing at age 87. The tweets, […]
An article (pay wall) at Times of London on international media reports about Brexit (Glee, shock and awe…how the world’s press reacted, July 2) included a section on Russian reaction to Britain’s vote to leave […]
Greenwald’s ‘warnings’ about “large and extremely influential Jewish donor groups agitating for war with Iran” is simply indistinguishable from the rhetoric of the extremist right.
Here’s the latest installment in our monthly round-up of BDS fails: Economic BDS Fails The Boycott Israel Movement May be Failing After crunching a lot of statistics, Bloomberg News concludes that the BDS movement […]
Palestinian antisemitism is one of the more under-reported political pathologies within the region, and the failure of journalists and editors to deal honestly with the injurious impact of this enduring hatred contributes to the British public’s egregious misunderstanding of both the root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the endemic backwardness and underdevelopment within Palestinian society.
It’s actually quite extraordinary that a publication which seems to pride itself on peeling off the superficial layers of a story to reveal to readers the story behind the story, published a review of a book featuring the Tamimis without giving readers even the slightest inclination that the family, and the protests they stage, represents something akin to Palestinian street theater, a Pallywood production packaged as real news.
The blood-libel motif originated in the twelfth century in England and alleged that Jews needed Christian blood for their Passover service. In today’s Arab world – and in some far-left anti-Israel circles […]
An article in the Independent by Rachel Revesz (New York governor Andrew Cuomo orders a boycott of anti-Israel movement, June 7th) included the following characterization of the BDS movement. The Boycott, Divestment […]