by Melanie Phillips
A few days ago, the historian Andrew Roberts wrote a piece in the Financial Times trenchantly defending the presumed assassination by
All that the Dubai operation will do is remind the world that the security services of states at war – and Israel's struggle with Hamas, Fatah and Hizbollah certainly constitutes that – occasionally employ targeted assassination as one of the weapons in their armoury, and that this in no way weakens their legitimacy. As for the 'separation walls' and checkpoints that one sees in
Not nearly as offensive, however, as what then followed. For as Robin Shepherd points out, the readers' comments on Roberts's article constituted an outpouring of vicious hatred, lies and libels about Israel. Not for the first time, one has to wonder at the unique and profoundly unbalanced frenzy of this particular hatred, based on a startling ignorance of the history of the
Is it terrorism when a thief invades my house, kills my family and ends up complaining to the 'police' after I try defend my place against him and his criminal acts? Now transport yourselves to years and years and years of ethnic cleansing, bulldozing of homes, killing of unarmed civilians in filthy refugee camps and use of prohibited weapons. Add to that the stockpiling of illegally obtained and undeclared nuclear weapons, the official statement that a certain State is 'Jewish' (probably the most blatantly racist qualification ever to grace the constitutional texts of a single State) and HAS to preserve its 'jewishness', or the catastrophe brought about by a colonial power that was too incompetent and biased to ensure a home to the REAL inhabitants of Palestine.
Note, inter alia, the reversal of the historical fact that it was only the Jews for whom Israel was ever their national homeland, hundreds of years before the Arabs invaded and most certainly not the 'Palestinians' who did not then exist; and the vicious double standard by which a Jewish state which gives full civil rights to its Arab and other non-Jewish inhabitants is deemed to be 'racist', while a 'Muslim' or 'Arab' state which refuses to allow one single Jew to live there is not.
Some clearly attempt to equate
But as Shepherd observes, the really disturbing thing is not this tsunami of bigotry – alas, it is now all too common in Britain – but the fact that this filth has been up on the FT website for days without anyone there thinking that the FT should not be playing host to such incitement to hatred.
The FT is most certainly no longer the standard-bearer of cool and rational objectivity that it once was.
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