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December 16, 2014 8:43 am

Guardian Op-Ed on CIA Torture Uses Picture of Jewish Menorah

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The Guardian newspaper's London offices. Photo: Derek Harper.

The Observer (sister site of the Guardian) published an official editorial on Sunday (The Observer view on torture, Dec. 14) in response to a report issued by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee into the CIA’s interrogation of terror suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks.

Whilst there’s nothing especially noteworthy in the editorial itself, which condemned “America’s most senior leaders, from former president George W Bush down,” for directing and condoning “the use of abhorrent illegal techniques against terrorism suspects that plainly amounted to torture” – the photo that editors chose to accompany the piece is quite curious.

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Guardian editors chose the photo of Bush in front of a menorah (from a 2008 White House Hanukkah ceremony) despite the absence of any references to Jews in the text, and the fact that the media group no doubt has countless other photos of the former president – which don’t include eye-catching symbols evoking one particular religion that isn’t the focus of the editorial – which they could have used instead.

No, we’re not accusing the Guardian of antisemitism, just extremely poor editorial judgment.

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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