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April 8, 2014 2:56 pm

An Open Letter to the Staff of the Financial Times

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To the Staff of the Financial Times

Dear Sir,

Your correspondent David Gardner may live in Beirut, but he dwells in a very different world than mine. In his defamatory article on the Israel-Palestionian peace talks (‘US plays the crooked lawyer in an Israeli-Palestinian drama,’, April 4), he parades a host of assertions that no sane observer of the situation would accept as factually correct. But he makes things worse by his egregious complaint that Benjamin Netanyahu is blocking the way to peace by refusing to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners currently serving life sentences for committing brutal murders of innocent civilians, namely Jewish men, women, and children.

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Over the years, Israel has released hundreds of murderers with blood on their hands, and the Palestinians have welcomed them home with loud applause, as heroes and heroines. Do David Gardner and I even live in the same moral universe? The Palestinian prisoners may suffer for their heinous crimes, but is that unjust? For that matter, there are hundreds of Israeli families who still suffer daily from the loss of husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, and much-loved children. Will the Palestinians put that right? Do they even care? Do they want peace or another chance to fulfill their ambition of 66 years: to drive the Jews into the sea and establish a Palestinian state, as they say every day, ‘from the river to the sea.’ No more Israel, no more Jews, and badges of honour for every miserable murderer in sight.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Denis MacEoin
Senior Distinguished Scholar, the Gatestone Institute

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  • Frank Adam

    The Gardners of this World have not done their homework and read the PLO (Arts 6 and 19 – 21) and Hamas (Arts 6 and 13) charters. They are all in the same class as Metternich denying Italian unification and self determination when he said, “Italy is a geographical expression.”

    In the same way the Germans deserved the bomber offensive for: Guernica, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Coventry and London so the Arab World deserved 1948 for violent rejection of half a dozen partition offers since 1937 Peel Report of an Arab state in Palestine.

    It needs only one to start a fight as anybody knows from school days, BUT it takes both parties to make up and agree a peace, and while the Arabs of Palestine have also asked for and elsewhere can not live peacefully in unity with themselves stop asking Israel to bend over backwards for them.

  • coreynewyork

    Has anybody noticed a pattern here? As many British journalists and institutions seem to have a common antisemitic and or anti Israel bias.

    It reinforces my perception that in the United Kingdom it’s acceptable to be openly antisemitic and anti Israel and nobody blinks an eye.

  • Rosette Liberman

    David Gardner’s “Arab-Israeli Conflict” engaging in propaganda masked as objective opinion. Gardner resorts to some of the classic instruments of disinformation such as implication, omission, and outright untruths, in his zeal to vilify Israel.

    – Implication: His strap line condemns Israel (and by implication American Jews) of manipulativeness as “the tail that wags the dog.” In other words, according to Gardner, American democracy is secretly controlled by a Jewish cabal! By implication, Gardner is resuscitating the ridiculous and vicious fiction of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in which Jews meet at midnight in an obscure Central European cemetery to plot the domination of the world. This scenario that any respectable comic book publisher would reject outright, lurks in the shadows of a Financial Times column.

    – Omission: Gardner is clearly opposed to Israel’s being a Jewish state, but omits any commentary on the Islamic Republics of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mauritania. Likewise, he omits any mention of Egypt’s being the Arab Republic of Egypt. In Gardner’s thinking what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander, if it’s a Jewish gander.

    – Untruths: Gardner misleads Financial Times readers further by saying that new Jewish settlements are eating up “shrinking territory” where Palestinians want to build their state. The assertion is patently false; all the new construction is within the existing settlements.

    These are only three examples in a writing rife with mis-characterizations and slanted assertions. But the problem is much larger than merely one distorted opinion. By allowing the publication of such arrant propaganda against the world’s only Jewish state, the Financial Times is contributing to a climate where anti-Semitism is becoming “respectable” — a climate reminiscent of Europe in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. It’s crucial that responsible publications step back from that hideous brink while there is still time.

  • Herb Glatter
  • Harvey

    Kol Hakavod as always Denis , indefatigable defender and friend of the Jewish nation state .

    • Chaim

      I agree! Thank you, Denis!

  • My wife and I are among those Israeli families for whom a day does not go by without the suffering and agonized longing that come from losing a loved child to a deliberate attack of the terrorist savages so celebrated by the Abbas regime.

    Dr. MacEoin, you are precisely right. Justice, and the manner in which it has been comprehensively ignored in this “peace” process, is at the very heart of what sets Abbas, Hamas, the Fatah fat-cat insiders and David Gardner on the far side of the divide.

    The unrepentant murders ought to have been left behind bars to serve their lawful sentences. To do anything else – no matter what the political arguments – is to trample justice. The price of doing that will be with us for many years to come.

  • Jerry

    Israel should take example with the Egyptians and apply the death penalty for murderers instead of liberating these.

  • Ron

    Thank you, Dr. MacEoin, for standing against the murderous thugs in the greater Palestinian community and for being righteous and correct about your moral universe regarding Israel and her people. Unfortunately, there are not enough responsible voices like yours, including our own American administration.