Tag Archives: The Guardian

UNRWA: Perpetuating the Misery

Writing in The Guardian, Karen AbuZayd, the outgoing commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) calls to address the Palestininan refugee question. While apportioning responsibility to Israel, she fails to acknowledge the fate of Jewish refugees in 1948,  her own organisation’s role and the neglect of Palestinian refugees by their own leadership and fellow

Guardian’s Dodgy Death Toll

The Guardian’s Ian Black examines a report on Arab human rights abuses issued by a Cairo based organisation. While this could be a welcome break from the newspaper’s regular focus on alleged Israeli “human rights violations”, the story contains the following: The report highlights “grave and ongoing” Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, especially in the Gaza Strip, in

Swimming in the CiF Cesspool

Veteran and respected British journalist Harold Evans wrote a damning indictment of the Goldstone Report in The Guardian’s op-ed section, a venue not normally the preserve of any positive pieces on Israel: The rockets were war crimes and ought to have been universally condemned as such. While new rockets hit Israel over many months there

Temple Mount Troubles

Scenes of violence on and around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City are currently causing further damage to Israel’s already fragile diplomatic and public image. Descriptions of Israeli police “storming” the Temple Mount add to the impression, aided by the inflammatory rhetoric of Palestinian groups and neighbouring Arab states, that Israel is carrying out

Sky News Asks: Where is the Outrage?

Sky News Foreign Editor Tim Marshall is one of the few commentators who consistently draws upon his wealth of knowledge to give fair and balanced insight into the Mideast conflict. Marshall’s latest blog post is worthy of reaching a wider audience: Thirty Palestinians killed. Women and children caught in the crossfire. Missiles fired at a

In Need of a Reality Check

It is perfectly legitimate to criticise Israeli settlement policy, a topic that has consumed a great deal of newspaper column inches in recent weeks. What is not legitimate, however, is to make arguments based on false claims and hyperbole, lacking in context while resorting to intemperate language. Writing in The Guardian, Marxist psychoanalyst Professor Slavoj

Breaking the Silence: More Rumour and Hearsay

Will the media never learn? In March 2009, Ha’aretz published a story alleging “war crimes” and serious ethical failures on the part of the IDF in Gaza. Predictably, many international media outlets repeated the allegations without bothering to do any rudimentary checks. Subsequently, it was revealed that the soldiers’ testimonies were based on nothing more than rumors

Breaking the Silence: More Rumor & Hearsay

The media rushes to promote another report based on unverifiable allegations from Gaza.

Netanyahu’s “Nazi Language”?

Comparing Israel to the Nazis or attempting to draw false parallels with the deliberate genocide of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust is a tactic regularly deployed by anti-Israel activists despite being classified as anti-Semitism under the EU’s own working definition. Two recent incendiary headlines illustrate this point by implying that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has adopted

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