Monday, October 26, 2009


The Guardian: British Bastion of Israel-Bashing

Carol Gould of Pajamas Media notes that, in a recent list of Nobel Prize winners in the Guardian, the Israeli names -- Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres -- were somehow omitted.

Coincidence? Accident? One might be naive enough to think so, if it wasn't part of a consistent pattern. As she points out, her occasional pro-Israel reader comments are deleted from the Website... while editorials titled "Israel Simply Has No Right To Exist" are given priority.

I guess it's time to dust off the sixty-year-old argument again. Is this anti-Zionist? (Unquestionably.) Is it also antisemitic? That's debatable. Personally, I'd say "no", since it was the Israelis, not the non-Israeli Jews, who were omitted. The list at Harry's Place shows Joseph Rotblat's prize for 1995, for example.)

The list has, apparently, been corrected... and the Guardian's editor has weighed in that it was a database error. (As commenters on the site point out: when all your errors go in the same direction, there's something more than carelessness at work. Does the Guardian err in Israel's favor, in roughly equal amounts to errors in the other direction? Does the Guardian ever err in Israel's favor?)

It's good to know who one's friends are.


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