by Adam Levick
The Guardian erases Hamas' presence and responsibility for the riots on Israel's border.
The first thing that stands out in The Guardian’s latest official editorial on the Gaza border riots is the absence of even one use of the word “Hamas” in more than 600 words of text, despite the fact that the violence has been organized and funded by the terror group. This is part of a long Guardian and media pattern of erasing Palestinian actions from the moral calculus of the conflict.
The anti-Israel agitprop and lies masquerading as progressive thought begin in the headline: “The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians.”
First, contrary to the headline’s claim, hundreds of demonstrators have in fact been “armed” with molotov cocktails and other weapons and incendiary devices. Further, not only civilians are “protesting.” Palestinian terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been present and are among the key instigators of the clashes.
Then, there’s the strap line:
Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military forceThe suggestion that the IDF response demonstrates that its leadership is channeling Donald Trump is nonsense and likely written by a Corbyn-supporting editor designed purely to incite the insatiable anti-Trump appetites of the Guardian readership.
It is also completely counterfactual to suggest that the riots based on the “right of return” have anything to do with “the national aspirations of the Palestinians.” Israel left Gaza in 2005 and since then Gaza has been a Palestinian-run polity. Gazans’ lack of freedom is due to the fact that they voted for an Islamist extremist group that rejects liberalism, human rights, and democracy.
The lies continue in the editorial’s first paragraph:
It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat.How do thousands of violent rioters attempting the breach the border of a sovereign democratic state at the behest of a proscribed terror group not represent a “credible threat”?
In addition, The Guardian has deemed Israel guilty of a war crime:
Israel’s army evinced no shame in committing what looks like a war crime. These are serious accusations. Yet they were greeted with little more than a shrug.This “shrug” is Israelis’ unwillingness to take seriously such immediate, knee-jerk rushes to judgment by the usual band of international delegitimizers, for whom any act of Israeli self-defense is framed as sadistic or racist wanton killing.
The paragraph concludes with another deception:
By blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a prison riot: a tragic fault of the inmates.First, Egypt controls (and blockades) one of Gaza’s borders, a fact The Guardian has forgotten to acknowledge on previous occasions. Also, the partial blockade only prevents military items (largely weaponry and items that can be used to make weapons) from entering. Further, thousands of Gazans leave the territory daily to conduct business, get professional training, and receive Israeli and PA medical care. The image of Gaza painted in the minds of Guardian readers has little resemblance to reality.
The Guardian’s misrepresentation of the goals of the Gaza rioters continues:
This is a dangerous mindset for Israelis to embrace. Yet they have done so because the extreme right in Israel, and most of the present government ministers, nurture the idea that Israel can, through its vastly superior military force, end the national aspirations of the Palestinians.Again, the suggestion that the border violence instigated by Hamas — a group whose leaders publicly support the annihilation of the Jews — has anything to do with “national aspirations” is divorced from reality. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has made clear that the marches will continue until Israel’s border is “erased” and “revenge” can be exacted on Israeli civilians.
The Guardian then weaves the US president into Israel’s response to the Gaza riots once again.
These politicians take succor from US president Donald Trump, who has made good on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The final two paragraphs carry on with the theme of the supposedly injurious impact to peace of the US recognition of Jerusalem.
However, The Guardian is conflating two separate events. The “Great March of Return” is not about Jerusalem or the blockade, and it’s not about Donald Trump. It is, as its name makes clear, organized around the unlimited right of “return” — the ludicrous idea that millions of Palestinians (over 99% of whom aren’t refugees) should be allowed to live in Israel, erasing Israel’s Jewish majority and thus the Jewish state.
Hamas is a violent extremist group whose founding charter (which has never been revoked) calls for the annihilation of Israel, the murder of Jews, and cites Jewish conspiracies to rule the world that have been “demonstrated” in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as proof of the need to eliminate Israel.
Any media outlet that fails to contextualize the current border violence without acknowledging that the Great March of Return has absolutely nothing to do with human rights or “national liberation,” and everything to do with the virulent eliminationist antisemitism of the group directing the violence, is obfuscating hardcore anti-Jewish racism and abdicating its fundamental journalistic duty to tell the truth.
Adam Levick covers the British media for CAMERA, the 65,000-member Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
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