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No Room for Pro-Israel Views at The Guardian

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 17, 2012 @ 11:11 am In The Point | 18 Comments

I would say that The Guardian is the UK newspaper most hostile to the Jewish State, but there’s always The Independent. I would say that The Independent is the UK newspaper most hostile to the Jewish Stare, but there’s always that Al Qaeda magazine that the faithful pass around the mosque while waiting for the latest Jihadi sermon about the battle to liberate Afghanistan, Syria and Spain.

But even hostile media outlets like to maintain the illusion of a dialogue by allowing occasional editorials, letters to the editor and comments from the opposing side, before swamping it with the full weight and might of its official voices.

But Comment isn’t Free at The Guardian. Far from it.

The British newspaper The Guardian has banned Adam Levick, the managing editor, of the pro-Israel media watchdog, CiFWatch, from its website, deleting all prior comments on Guardian articles and disabling his ability to contribute opinion pieces to the site and further comments.

The CiFWatch monitors the Guardian’s coverage of Israel and is affiliated with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. “CiF” stands for “Comment is Free” the opinion section of the Guardian where anti-Israel articles often appear.

In a posting on the CiFWatch website, Levick said that he had been a contributor to the Comment is Free section of the Guardian’s website for years and that his user account, and all prior comments on Guardian articles – many of which pointed out anti-Israel bias –  was terminated without any explanation.

Levick’s work at CiFWatch has led in the past to corrections of many Guardian articles.

It was inevitable that the Guardian would move in to quash dissent. Left-wing orthodoxies are not terribly fond of criticism. They tend to respond to it with firings and firing squads. And bigots are even less fond of being critiqued by the very people they hate on a racial and religious level.

Jewish Chronicle by its deputy editor, Jenni Frazer, appeared to capture the feelings of many Jews and mainstream UK Jewish communal bodies towards the Guardian. She wrote: “…I cannot count the number of complaints we have had from readers who do not understand the Guardian’s obsession with Jews and Israel, the poisonous letters or op-eds it publishes.”

What’s not to understand? The Guardian today is what Der Sturmer once was.

CiFWatch does excellent work and if you live in the UK and are a supporter of Israel, it is definitely a site worth visiting. Here on this side of The Atlantic, we have Huffington Post Watch, which covers the US media outlet that is most hostile to the Jewish State, not counting all the other ones.


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