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December 14, 2015 6:02 am

CNN Anchor Constantly Defends Hamas, Attacks Israel and Jews

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Ashleigh Banfield. Photo: Twitter.

Ashleigh Banfield. Photo: Twitter.

It did not take long for the recent diatribe by presidential candidate Donald Trump suggesting that Muslims be banned from entering the US, to be turned into the moral equivalence of Jew-hatred.

Trump made his inflammatory remarks the evening of Monday, December 7, 2015.

When CNN host Ashleigh Banfield went on-air on Tuesday morning, December 8, she opined, “If you supplant the word ‘Jews’ for ‘Muslims’ in a lot of the rhetoric that we’ve had this morning, I think people would find it sort of cringe-worthy and reminiscent of a really ugly time in our history.”

Banfield made the comments while she was interviewing former Reagan White House staffer Jeffrey Lord.

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When Lord said to her, “There are no Jews that are coming in here to destroy America. They’re coming here to get away from these people,” Banfield doubled down with, “What are you talking about? There have been Jewish terrorist attacks. Should we therefore ask no Jews to please apply for a visa?”

Lord asked, “Are you really saying to me that there’s an international Jewish conspiracy to take over the world? That’s what radical Islam is all about.”

Banfield kept going, and said, “I’m telling you that there have been that many terrorist attacks committed by Jews and no one’s suggesting that all Jews should be wiped out of this country for visiting. It’s the same thing.”

Banfield referenced the 2004 Congressional testimony of John S. Pistole, a former Deputy Director of the FBI, who cited 18 terrorist attacks committed by Jewish-affiliated groups on American soil between 1980 and 1985. When Lord insisted, “No, it’s not the same thing, Ashley. The motive here is to set up a caliphate, to remake the entire world in the image of radical Islam,” the CNN anchor remained unyielding.

To suggest that a handful of attacks in the early 1980s can be compared to the dangers of radical Islam is asinine. It is a willful ignorance of the truth.

But it’s not surprising, since Banfield has a questionable history when it comes to reporting on Israel.

In 2002, when she was on MSNBC, she falsely accused Israel of violating UN Security Council Resolution 242, and then compared Israeli and Iraqi compliance with UN resolutions. She then suggested that the “Jewish Lobby” paid off politicians to support Israel.

On the November 16, 2012, edition of CNN Newsroom, Banfield said, “Rockets [were] fired at Jerusalem. It is not the capital at this point, but it is the disputed center of the universe so to speak when it comes to Israel.” The fact is that Jerusalem is indeed the capital of Israel — whether Ms. Banfield approves or not.

She then engaged Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor by suggesting there was a moral equivalence between Israeli self defense and Hamas’ rocket fire, saying, “It’s difficult to hear enemies of peace because when you talk to Palestinians, they say the Israelis are the enemies of peace. Everyone wants peace. Everyone has children. They want peace on their terms, and there’s a lot of intransience on both sides.”

Prosor replied, “It’s very simple. Missiles are falling.”

He was interrupted by Banfield speaking over him, saying, “It’s not very simple.” Prosor replied, “No, it’s not very simple. But missiles are falling on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Just think if missiles would be falling in the middle of Manhattan, London or Paris.”

Banfield then took on Hamas’ position as if it were objective journalism. She proposed, “And if Manhattan, London and Paris were occupied and didn’t have their own autonomy… their own state, their own recognition…, they would feel as though they had to fight too.”

On yet another occasion, in 2014 with Professor Alan Dershowitz, Banfield provided moral justification for Hamas’ policy, when talking about the murders in the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem. She explained, “Soldiers come in all forms… and when you have mandatory conscription and service in Israel, effectively the Palestinians will say, ‘it’s war against everyone, because everyone is a soldier.”

When Dershowitz replied “Well, that’s just racism and bigotry. To say that everyone is a soldier,” Banfield interrupted in protest, saying, “But everybody is.” Dershowitz made his point, “Not everybody is… The law of war is very clear. You can’t kill a two year-old child claiming, ‘he’s going to be a soldier.’”

In an interview about his dialogue with Banfield, Dershowitz said, “For her to raise this outrageous argument in the context of the synagogue shooting, it really required me to control my temper.”

Ms. Banfield is not objective when it comes to the Jewish state.

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  • carole lelah

    After reading this article, I will NEVER watch CNN again. How you can keep her on is beyond me. I never realized how anti-Semitic some of your anchors are. Horrifying. I would rather watch Brian Williams or Dan Rather with ‘dishonest’ reporting than listen to someone that should be neutral in their views

  • Disgraceful

  • DANTE

    banfield is a moron. she is a nice looking moron, but she is a moron, nonetheless. she doesn’t seem to be malicious, just stupid. really, really stupid and uninformed.

  • EZ

    BS’D There’s a huge point that must be brought out when one attempts to compare what Trump said to anti-semetism, Naziism, etc. In Europe/Germany during the 1930’s or in present day America, no Jewish group or Jewish nation declared war on the West and committed acts of mass murder in support of that war. Today, there ARE numerous Muslim groups and at least 1 Muslim nation (Iran) that threaten the US and the West and act on those threats. To compare aggression against Jews to aggression against Islam is not an intellectually fair comparison. As much as the left says that ISIS, Al Quayda, Iran, etc. Do not represent Islam, all of the above act in the name of Islam.

  • Alan

    Banfield has been an antisemite for years. Not only is she incompetent, she is rude and interrupts her guests by talking over them. She is a disgusting terrorist sympathizer and does not deserve to be on any network. I complained about her years ago to CNN when she was totally disrespectful to the prime minister of Israel (Ariel Sharon). I only hope some day she will go to Syria or Gaza and Iran and dare to speak her mind to those people. They would not tolerate her freedom of speach for one minute.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Sign her up online for all the Jew hating neo Nazi pro ISIS organizations you can find. Donate money in her name to Hamas charities. Then send her a thank you note.

  • Alannah Kern

    The quality of reporting has definitely gone in the toilet and Banfield is no exception. Thank goodness for people like Fareed Zakaria, an American and a non practising Muslim. We must still reach out to each other in America in pursuit of freedom of religion for all people. It begins by extending an olive branch to the communities in which we all live as diversified peoples.

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