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Former Sun Editor: Anti-Israel Bias in Media is “A Form of Proxy for Anti-Semitism by Journalists in the West”

December 7, 2012 11:43 am 8 comments
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At a recent Jewish Chronicle event in London, former Sun editor Kevin MacKenzie suggested that hostile media coverage of Israel is “a form of proxy for antisemitism by journalists in the West.”

Mackenzie said: “It is a massive puzzle because journalists normally are on the side of the little guy, and there can’t be a smaller guy in the Middle East than Israel.”

As for the media’s perplexing penchant for demonizing Israel, MacKenzie had this to say:

“Why do they think an anti-democratic force should be entitled to a better crack of the whip than [Israel] which is in favour of democratic rights?

“[Israel] is pro-gay, pro-democracy, pro-women. It’s the most liberal establishment probably for 1,000 miles in any direction. You would have thought every journalist would embrace that thought process — but for some reason they don’t.

“The most interesting thing was the way the people from Gaza treated those guys they claimed were Israeli spies — they shot them in public and dragged around their bodies.

“Compare that with the Israelis when they captured the guy who let off the bomb in Tel Aviv and then followed due process and the law. That is never portrayed in the British media. Never.

“Is British journalism basically antisemitic? Do they hide [their] antisemitism in the way they report the battle for survival of Israel?”

As The Algemeiner has reported, bias against Israel in the media has become so salient that it even prompted an op-ed by Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren in the Wall Street Journal in August 2012.

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  • … But as one last word, I would rather accuse the media like YAHOO for their BLUNT AND BETWEEN-THE-LINES exempted and by YAHOO propagated RACISM-ANTISEMITISM.

    I have MYSELF posted YESTERDAY ON yahoo as “VAL”, that YAHOO FUNDAMENTALLY VIOLATES ITS OWN REGULATIONS AND TERMS OF USE.

    !

    The anti-Israel athmosphere (rather than a “stance”) is brought-on by YAHOO itself in the way, their writers focus on different things, and write about it. AWFUL.

    LEADS to TERRIBLE TERRORIST MURDER DEEDS AGAINST ISRAEL AND JEWS ANYWHERE. ATTENTION — BEEP BEEP — DANGER.

    FASCISM.

    !!!

  • And I want to document another important point here.

    One other Jewish media fella whom I know, HIS FAMILY was ATTACKED by OF COURSE ANTISEMITE-NAZI- probably ISLAMIC goons, he is an indirect, not so indirect victim of violence because of our religion, and his medium does of course feature many writers who condemn anti-israel “orgs” who don’t recognize Israel(‘s right to exist!), but his own STANCE is RATHER really drastically anti-israel, well of course not completely, but VERY much pro-Palestine, and pro-Obama.

    I have in the anger sent him a voice recording a mine, in which I called him EVEN swear words — and that was TWO YEARS or so ago, when I was BY ALEX JONES upheaved AGAINST Obama, NOT because OF ANYTHANG concerning ISRAEL or JUDAISM and ALL THAT. !!!

    THAT IS SOMETHING. !!! I myself realize now. Only now. Since some maybe THREE months or four, I started AGAIN realising, THAT:

    – Obama has done NOT ONE THING for ISRAEL in ALL his 4 yrs

    – Obama LEFT OUT Israel on a recent mid east trip of his,
    in which he visited all other important spots, but not
    Israel.

    – Obama condems BOTH hamas’ rocket throwing AND israel’s
    allegedly by Israel perpetrated “escalation” of the
    conflict:

    –> Mister Obama, who is escalating the conflict here,
    please? hu?

  • And by the way, the algemeiner and honestreporting.com
    have just stepped up to be ma personal top favorite sites
    and top favorite of all thingys not even “except” love, but those two sites ARE love.

    PEACE and LOVE, SHALOM, UA SALAAM, I say TO ALL good non-racist, meaning non-anti-israel, say I to all pro-Israel and pro-Palestine-in-Peace-With-Israel People, who are smart enough to see the reality, that hamas hizbolla alkaida jihad are dangerous murderers, who praise hitler either overtly, or secretly, and allege “nazism” to ISRAEL, a fair, democratic country, the best of all, which always helps all people in need, even during the Vietnam war, Israel took in 66 refugees on a ship. Carter, Jimmy, praised that, but he also later suddenly “accused” israel of being “apartheid” to the Palestinians. Some few neatly focussed-on reports about some incidents, and ANY IDIOT can turn around the view ANY politician, ANYONE has. EVRYONE always judges, and CAN only SEE, judge, according to THE DATA AT HAND, the info which is given. But that info might not be correct. But which info IS correct. And here, foremostly in this more and more internet-dominated age, where online, nothing is provable, and all distortable, the WORST kind of actual REAL NEONAZIS, FASCISTS, can HAVE now a huge PODIUM for their RACISM, in this virtual net, I think, that still, society is not enough educated, simply, to have a critical mind of one’s own, sure, schools do some work, but then again, that STOPS at the enda high school, cuz really, while many academies have heroes who kicked out some holocaust deniar in USA (the one who did the obviously ridiculous and evil so-called “docu” called “Expelled-No Intelligence Allowed” :), while that is praiseworthy, that one neonazi was thrown out of American Academies, I DO know for a fact, that there still are totally many actual antisemites (now mostly of the islamo-radical growing departmento) on US academic “soil”, sadly, lamentably, and to be worked and acted organisedly against-“ly”. :)

    For example, I tweetoed to Jerry “Seinfield”, as Letterman the humpback of Cosa Nostra Dame, tried ta frightfullestly AMERICANIZE his NAYME, I told Jerr’ ma Bud, that he should DEF LEPPARD INITELY NOT gulp at another Jewish artist in some “Stars in Cars” site vid, as he did: ” THAT WAS VERY JEWISH OF YOU ! “, when the
    other artist merely said jus bout anythang. Hey hello. Why, does Jerry think, Judaism, being Jewish, or “stickin it out too much”, would “BE BAD”, anyhow? HU? — With the point of “stickin IT OUT TOO MUCH”, ey, some AZZES wanna SURELY come ALONG NOW to THROW IT at me. FUTILE.

    Howe tha MUSSIES stick IT OUT YO, oooo… not good. THAT IS THEN TOO MUCH, BY THE RINGS !!! :/// And da CRIZZIES. THEM TOO wanna “conquer” palestine, but they have their own method with some freakish jesuite priests. OY. yea yea. … OF COURSE, evil antisemite nazis DO THAT, THAT THERE IS NOW A “WEDGE” BETWEEN USA AND ISRAEL !!! their endgoal is the endgoal of hitler: to destroy israel. the people. the land. and we will not let that happen. I will not. I have realised. My People, the Jews, — MY Jews, have realised. I am not happy in central europe anymore. I will move to Israel, but it is very hard and I don’t have money almost, due to most people’s stupidity of not realising, that I am the world’ best pc expert. those who deny antisemitism, ARE the antisemites. in other countries than israel, a minority among Jews, which is alternative, can be totally lost in anti-zionism in spite of their almost forgotten jewish roots, those who were not brought up in a Jewish way. But their surface is relatively soft, and logically accessable, still, unlike with hardened brainwashed real neonazis who are almost never Jewish, except in the case of ERNST MAHLER the full idiot who has one eight jewish blood and thinks the nazis would spare him. The fool he is. :)

  • Dear Mister Sherman,

    Dear Eric R.,

    Ye art both Knights and Lords of Ethicality, of Goodness.

    Now that that is established absolutely, let me also say to Mister Sherman, that I am in the socialist Party, the social-democratic one, and the communists have as a party, as I read, in central europe, longtime already, during the second world war, split apart, away from the socialists. Already the Zsarsists in Russia invented that lie about the “elders of zion”, an invention by the Zarists who already employed a similar secret service like the KGB later was — in Russia under Stalin largely abused to prosecute also CHRISTIANS, by the way. !!!

    Eric R. speaks out, what is clear, obvious to the intellectual and ethically conscious person: The global world press athmosphere, which after 2000, and even more after 2008, sprung around against Israel, IS nothing else (oh what wonder) than ANTISEMITISM: Which is: racism.

    !

    But you see, ONLY because this is AFTER 45, aFTER 1945, DOESN’T MEAN that People would be bold and strong and smart enough to see through this — untrue: we DO see through it, but those who ARE evil, of course SEE it too, but they LIKE watching JEWS be GASED in AUSCHWITZ !

    Do you NOT REALIZE I have to tell MYSELF AND TO THE WHOLE WORLD: THIS IS A FIGHT OF ISRAEL TO SURVIVE. AND if ISRAEL falls, then ALL the JEWS HAVE NO RIGHTS ANYMORE.

    But you know, I am NOT an organised person. For myself, yes, I have order. But I have been reduced, in this diaspora, to a nothing, what regards my “status”, I am definitely not one of those well-paid job Jews, who apparently don’t exist in those numbers which ANTISEMITES of course blow up to dinosaurish dimensions I’M SURE. MEL GIBSON is SUCH A SWINE, such a poor, agressive, deranged unman, it’s a real hitleryouth-kroutswine. Incredible, but true. Sadly.

  • Antisemetism is foundational to the left: just look at the way Stalin executed Jews…and the Left loved Stalin…The modern media has been trained in a far left academic world that is steeped in antisemetism…and as Martin Luther King Jr stated so eloquently in March 1968: “If you are antiZionist then you are also antisemetic”…

    • Richard, with all due respect, and I’m sure your heart is in the right place, anti-Zionism is a Jewish value. Zionism is exactly the opposite of Judaism, because it seeks to corrupt the definition of a Jew from a believer in the Torah of Moshe our Teacher and reduce this to a mere matter of nationality. But we Jews are nothing if we are not a nation bound by Torah, as Hashem commanded us, and this is our praise.

      Please do not confuse Zionism, which is a heretical philosophy which was the creation of a non-observant ethnic “Jews” in 1896 with authentic Judaism. Judaism began 3,400 years ago when we received the Torah on Mount Sinai. And it is only the fact we believe was our fathers believed, and have a tradition that goes directly back to the very first days, that we have any connection to one another as Jews at all.

      Please do not confuse “Israel” which is a modern, democratic state, with anything Jewish. Indeed, the Israeli state from the beginning has been about uprooting our holy traditions.

      If you want to be angry or upset about something, be upset that you are being duped by the Zionists into forsaking your holy and precious heritage. The Zionists collaborated with the Nazis and have the same goal- to eliminate Jews from the world. The way to counteract this is with faith, learning Torah, and doing mitzvos like keeping Shabbos, keeping kosher, and upholding our holy Torah.

      Please do not be distracted by sound-bites or platitudes from the Zionists nor from the media. We have an authentic tradition and we will not forsake it.

      • Jewish existence is determined by non-Jews, which has proven to be fatal to Jews, that’s why the Zionist movement was established to create a homeland for Jews where they could exist in their own right. The Zionists did not “cooperate” with the Nazis, they tried to save Jews by making so-called deals with the Nazis because there wasn’t any other way to do it. The Nazis wanted to exterminate Jews but, because they wanted the Jews property, they were willing to let them go to anywhere that would take them which wasn’t many places and those places which would take them limited the number taken. After the Holocaust, there wasn’t anywhere, particularly in Europe, that was acceptable where Jews could establish an independent country for themselves so the former biblically described homeland of Israelites, Israel, which was renamed “Palestine” was chosen. Unfortunately, it was already inhabited by so-called “Palestinians” who, understandably, rejected the imposition of the creation of a Jewish state over them and the settlement of the Jews who survived the Holocaust many of whom were prevented from returning to their former homes in Europe by non-Jews who stole their property and even killed those who tried to re-establish themselves in Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. Many surviving Jews did not want to live in Europe even if they were able to because it would only be a matter of time until anti-Semitism/anti-Jewish behaviour resumed and possibly Pogroms and Genocide. Currently there is actual collaboration of Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the anti-semitic/anti-Jewish Hamas neither of which recognize the current State of Israel, a collaboration made in Hell.

  • Israel does not have to sit there and take it.

    a) It can expel these so-called “journalists.”

    b) It can try these so-called “journalists” on hate crimes charges.

    c) It can hold them criminally liable in Israel if they feel their slanted reporting leads to attacks on Jews anywhere.

    d)If they are found to be coordinating their coverage with Hamas or Fatah, they can be deemed as terrorists, and targeted. These “journalists” are no more journalists than were Streicher, Goebbels or Soviet era people at Pravda and Izvestia, and should be treated as such.

    As far as the Europeans kicking and screaming, they are dying anyway. Let them scream.

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