Tag Archives: The Guardian

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

Netanyahu’s "Nazi Language"?

Incendiary headlines and a cynical op-ed contort the “Judenrein” term.

Guardian: The “So-Called Threat from Iran”

As recently as May 2009, HonestReporting critiqued Guardian columnist Jonathan Steele’s justification for Palestinian terror against Israel and his tacit support for foreign leaders who give it their backing. Continuing in the same vein, Steele now writes about US President Obama’s recent Mideast speech, stating that: Short of helping to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, the

New Statesman: Israel = Racist

The events surrounding the Durban 2 conference and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s foul mouthed speech have provoked much debate. While most media outlets condemned Ahmadinejad, there were still a few commentators who took the opportunity to defend the Iranian president’s views on Israel. One of these is Martin Jacques in the New Statesman: In fact, the Israelis offer a sad

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