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December 9, 2013 1:02 am

Anti-Semitic Writer Pens Op-Ed on Anti-Semitism for The Independent

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Mira Bar Hillel. Photo: International Building Press.

The Jews of today scare me and I find it almost impossible to talk to most of them, including relatives. Any criticism of the policies of Israel – including the disgraceful treatment of Holocaust survivors as well as refugees from murderous regimes – is regarded as treason and/or anti-Semitism. Most papers and journals will not even publish articles on the subject for fear of a Jewish backlash. Goyim (gentiles) are often treated with ill-concealed contempt, yet the Jews are always the victims. Am I prejudiced against Jews? Alas, yes. – Mira Bar-Hillel

As we’ve reported previously, Mira Bar-Hillel is a British journalist who has admitted (per the quote above) to being prejudiced against Jews.

Yet, despite this explicit admission of racism, editors at The Independent deemed her qualified to comment on the Ralph MilibandDaily Mail antisemitism controversy in October – a column that dismissed charges of racism against the Daily Mail and accused Jews (per the Livingstone Formulation) of trying to “gag into submission any critic of Israel…”.

In her latest Indy op-ed (an essay addressing the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism), Bar-Hillel again regales British readers with her ‘penetrating insights’ into the danger posed by ‘false accusations of antisemitism’ by organized Jewry – a piece riddled with distortions.

False claim that ‘EU Working Definition on Antisemitism’ has been “retired”

Here’s the headline of the op-ed:


However, as we noted in a previous post on the issue, it is untrue that “the EU has retired its working definition”.

To cite a few examples:

False claim about Israeli Bedouin

Bar-Hillel writes:

There was not, in that lengthy and detailed definition, anything new or that I would disagree with – apart from a dangerous sting in the end. This stretched the definition of anti-Semitism from the simple 2,000-year-old Jew-hating and baiting to “attacking Israel … by requiring of Israel a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation, or holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the State of Israel.”

It was this dubious extension which has been used recently to gag, or at least mute, free speech and most criticism of Israel in the UK media and beyond.

For example, the Prawer Plan, now being enforced in Israel. Under it, between 40,000 and 70,000 Bedouin, nomads who became Israeli citizens in the 1950s, will be forcefully removed from land they roamed for centuries to make way for “military firing zones“.

First, Bar-Hillel (much like Glenn Greenwald) implicitly smears the Jewish community with charges that they work to stifle free speech.

Further, as we demonstrated in a post last week, the number of Israeli Bedouin who will be relocated is not “between 40,000 and 70,000″³ as Bar-Hillel claims. Under what’s known as the Prawer-Begin Plan, most (about 60,000) of those currently living in unrecognized villages in the Negev will have their land legalized, while a much smaller number (30,000) will be moved a few kilometers (from their current encampments) to planned communities.

Additionally, her claim that the land where some of these Bedouin currently reside will “make way for IDF “military firing zones” seems to be completely untrue. Though new Israeli cities will be built where these encampments now stand, nobody is claiming that “military firing zones’ will be established in its place. (It’s possible Bar-Hillel is conflating the Israeli Negev with the South Hebron Hills, an area in the West Bank where a row over IDF “firing ranges” has indeed been reported.)

Almost no reports about the Bedouin issue in the British media?

Bar-Hillel, commenting more broadly on the Prawer-Begin plan for the Bedouin and the protests surrounding the row, also makes the following claim:

Moreover, only one newspaper in this country covered the proposal – or the extremely violent protests which followed.

However, a quick Google search shows that the Indy, Guardian, Telegraph, and Financial Times have all reported on the issue.

‘Jewish pressure’ on the media?

Bar-Hillel then provides an explanation for the (erroneous) ‘fact’ that “only one newspaper in the country covered the proposal.”

I can only speculate on the reasons why, but suspect that the “working definition”, which has recently allowed all those who criticise Israel – including myself – to be labelled anti-Semitic, had something to do with it.

Get it?  Bar-Hillel not only comes to the risible conclusion that British newspapers don’t provide enough coverage of Israel, but that this putative dearth of coverage is inspired by fear of being labeled antisemitic.

Of course, her working theory is undermined by recent studies on British media coverage of Israel (and, more specifically, the Guardian’s own data), which demonstrates quite the opposite: that news relating to the Jewish state represents something approaching an obsession to UK editors, reporters, and commentators.

Conclusive proof that British papers don’t fear accusations of antisemitism can of course also be found in the simple fact that Indy editors felt no hesitation in publishing an essay – on the topic of antisemitism – by a journalist who has admitted to possessing an antipathy towards Jews.

If the organized Jewish community is indeed trying to stifle the free speech of anti-Semites, they’re clearly failing miserably at this task.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • mika.

    People need to understand that “Mira Bar-Hillel” is an imposter, a paid CIA agent propagandist and provocateur. She’s completely CIA invented, and is supplied by the CIA with a propaganda platform by way of their propaganda outlets.

    It’s a hall of mirrors, a self-referencing hologram, complete theater, an echo-chamber of manufactured lies and distractions. That’s what “our” media is. The sooner people learn to boycott and de-legitimize the gov mafia, the better.

    • Carl

      Wow, conspiracy much?

  • montlasky

    Silly old thing! Not a brain in it’s head!

  • EG

    Self-loathing pig of a woman. Hope she winds up playing bridge with Helen Thomas.

    • Rachmiel ben Ariel

      Bar Hillel and Helen Thomas should share the fate of Count Ugolino and Archbishop Ruggieri, two historical figures which Dante described (Inferno 32.124-32; 33.76-8) as frozen in the Lake of Ice (the Antenora region of Hell). For their crimes, the poet indicates that “Ugolino is eating the back of Ruggieri’s head like a dog using its strong teeth to gnaw a bone.”

  • Hinda39

    I will never understand those with Jewish (or in this case very Israeli) sounding names would be so anti-Semitic against Jews. Was it something of it’s past that made it be this way? Is it trendy to hate a Jew much like the Nazis? Maybe this creature should change it’s surname and adapt a name like Lindbergh, Ford, Arafat instead of Bar-Hillel. Hillel was a great teacher of Ancient Israel. Can someone please educate this poor edumacated creature of the UK?

    • Emanuel

      I offer my opinion which is that the self-hating Jew can do much more damage because of his credibility and heritage. Enemies of Israel and Jews will make sure these idiots always have a forum to share their views. People like Noam Chomsky, Martin Indyk and Daniel Seidemann can do much more damage because despite their confusion (which is obvious to us) many people see them as credible. It really comes down to low self-esteem in my opinion and having a willingness to help humanity as a whole not only those who you share a culture with (or in this case the enemies of those who you share a culture with).

      • Rachmiel ben Ariel

        White Power advocates, skinheads, neo-Nazis, KKK followers, historical revisionists, Holocaust deniers, and other human-refuse, just love this garbage. One sees it posted in the “Comments” section of just about every youtube video concerning the Second World-War, the Holocaust, and Israel–and this includes videos from legitimate sources. It is as vitriolic as Streicher’s Der Stürmer!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Burn her house to the ground.