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Guardian Praises Anti-Semitic Site “CounterPunch” as Progressive

July 25, 2012 1:46 pm 9 comments

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Mainstream left-wing anti-Semites do not typically and explicitly accuse Jews of engaging in global conspiracies.

They do not typically and explicitly advance the narrative of the duplicitous money-grubbing Jew.

They do not advance the ancient anti-Semitic blood libel.

And they typically do not warn their readers of the injurious effects of Jewish power on society.

Nor do they deny the Holocaust.

However, the most egregious anti-Semitic sin of far left broadsheets, such as the Guardian newspaper, is their legitimization – even praise – for anti-Semites who do advance such racist calumnies about the Jewish people.

The Guardian’s recent editorial in praise of Alexander Cockburn (In praise of the Cockburns, July 23rd) represents a perfect example.

In the editorial, the Cockburns (Alexander and his father and brother) are characterized as “…aristocratic radicals” who “have been pillars of progressive journalism for decades.” Here’s the editorial in its entirety.

“When distinguished sons and daughters follow distinguished parents it is easy to mutter about charmed circles. Yet there are genuine family talents that span the generations. The Huxleys and Freuds are examples, and the death of Alexander Cockburn is a reminder that the Cockburns are another. These radical aristocrats – or aristocratic radicals – have been pillars of progressive journalism for decades. Claud Cockburn, although not without some blind spots, battered at received wisdom in the 1930s. His sons, Alexander and Andrew, continued the tradition in the United StatesAlexander indicating that continuity by calling one of his columns Beat the Devil, from the title of his father’s novel. Here, Patrick Cockburn has been for years one of the best Middle East reporters and analysts. Alexander’s writing has been praised as the key to “a life of joyful and creative resistance” – a fine phrase that could well be applied to them all.” [emphasis added]

To be begin with, Claud Cockburn joined the Communist Party and “worked closely with the Soviet agents who orchestrated both acts of violence against the anti-Stalinist left and the propaganda which whitewashed those acts.”  He could easily be characterized as an “intellectual hatchet man for Stalin”.  (Note that in 1936, Harry Pollitt, then General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, asked Cockburn to cover the Spanish Civil War.  “Harry Pollitt” would later become the nom de guerre of Seumas Milne – prior to joining the Guardian – in his days working for the pro-Stalinist paper, Straight Left.)

Regarding Alexander Cockburn’s site, that paragon of progressive thought known as CounterPunch:

  • Counterpunch has repeatedly run articles by prolific anti-Semite, Gilad Atzmon. Briefly, Atzmon has questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, while simultaneously arguing that, if Hitler’s genocide did occur, it can partly be explained by Jews’ villainous behavior.  Atzmon also explicitly charged that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and has endorsed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, arguing about the document that “it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe” later Jewish behavior.
  • Counterpunch published an article by Alison Weir which alleges that the blood libel, (the charge that Jews ritually murdered gentiles), is true and is related to the false  reports, in 2009, regarding Israeli thefts of human organs from Palestinians.
  • CounterPunch’s Alexander Cockburn has advanced the argument that Jews have a stranglehold on the U.S. media.
  • CounterPunch published a rant by Jennifer Loewenstein, about a “Gazan Holocaust”, which included a passage referring to Israelis as “Neo-Jewish Masterswho used the Gaza war as a “pretext to carry out mass murder of the Arab Untermenschen.”

As Adam Holland observed, specifically regarding the Alison Weir blood libel charge, but also serving as relevant understanding of the ideology of CounterPunch and Cockburn:

“It is outrageous that they would present the anti-Semitism of the middle ages as progressive…portraying [Jews] as intrinsically reactionary and criminal. In doing this, Counterpunch has turned the definitions of “progressive” and “reactionary” on their heads.”

I can’t think of a better characterization of the Guardian: an institution which continually turns definitions of “progressive” and “reactionary” upside down.

Finally, at times I’m asked why precisely I charge the Guardian with promoting anti-Semitism. I’m similarly challenged by well-meaning commentators who suggest that I may, at times, overstate the case regarding the institution’s “Judeophobic” sympathies.

Well, if you are among such critics, the Guardian’s characterization of CounterPunch – whose unapologetic vilification of Jews is simply part of their ideological DNA – as “progressive” should serve as a poignant illustration of the Guardian Group’s Jewish problem and, indeed, a vindication of those who work to combat such bigotry.


  • Yeh, yeh, intellectuals and the alternative view

    Hinke “Israel has adopted much of Hitler’s practices” – you mean many of, not much. No they haven’t you dumbo, the Palestinian population is growing – in Germany populations tended to decrease.

    Counterpunch is for pretentious racist cnuts.

    It would be rather wonderful if some of this odious outfit’s readers were beheaded by bearded Jihadis for whom they have such a collective hard-on.

  • howlett-martin

    I would advice anyone who cares for the truth to spare some days from their holidays and go to Gaza for a week. Then, I will be very interested to hear from them. Black, jew, muslim, rich, poor….whatever…you come back so disgusted…Gaza is a ghetto…To get there, you will be humiliated 100 times by israelis soldiers the age of your son…and humiliated only,
    thanks to your foreign passport…

  • I am a longtime subscriber of Counterpunch. It’s a thinking person’s magazine much as The Guardian is a thinking person’s newspaper.

    Thinking people don’t need to hide disturbing, crackpot, fraudulent or deceitful ideas by censorship. We discern for ourselves whether such ideas are worthy of further study or outright rejection.

    This article criticising The Guardian smacks of the worst sort of political-correctness.

    Let’s not confuse Jews and fanatics or people and governments. Israel has adopted much of Hitler’s practices. And they have the bomb. So we’re not suppose to diss them?!?

    Religious fundamentalism is responsible for most world conflict. All theocracies are mediaeval warring states.

    Is American fundamentalism the principal reason the US offers its uncritical support to Israel? May not be anywhere to run when Armageddon comes!

    If something pisses you off, read another source!

  • Your article is a joke right?

  • What is the orgin of an Israeli, their birthright? *Ezra 4:4-5 Then the people of land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and trouble them in building, And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purposed, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. *Hosea 1:10-11 Yet the number of the children of Israel shak be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered: and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it is said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezeel.

    • Thing is, there are no archeological reminants of the books of writings. Its all a fiction, a grandeoise fiction of an insignificant people. Well, they were then, at least.

  • The guardian is notoriously Jew baiting and please remember Julie Christie is a major supporter and very anti Israel

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