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A New Guardian ‘Journalist’ Is Revealed to Be an Anti-Zionist Extremist

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Charles B Anthony. Photo: Twitter.

Charles B Anthony. Photo: Twitter.

The magazine Private Eye noted the “oddly partisan” nature of a Guardian article (“Corbyn joins seatless commuters on floor for three-hour train journey,” Aug. 16th), which characterized the Labour Party leader as a man of principle for joining 20 seatless commuters on the floor of a “packed” train from London to Newcastle.

Of course, this was published a week before CCTV footage emerged contradicting claims that Corbyn was forced to sit on the floor — but that isn’t the point of the Private Eye article, which revealed that the co-author of the Guardian piece, filmmaker Charles Anthony, is a passionate Corbyn supporter who used to be a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP).  SWP is an extreme-left group criticized for (among other things) its “involvement in the bannings of Jewish Societies at university campuses and its repeated hosting of Gilad Atzmon“.

Well, it turns out that there’s more about Anthony than what the Private Eye revealed — facts that are especially relevant in light of the antisemitism scandal plaguing the Labour Party.

In April, Anthony defended NUS President Malia Bouattia from charges of antisemitism after it was revealed that she condemned “Zionist-led media outlets” for “oppressing the global south.”

Anthony also published an article at Middle East Eye (where he’s employed), titled “Corbyn doesn’t have an anti-Semitism problem. His accusers do,” which argued that “accusations that Labour is soft on anti-Semitism are completely false, inaccurate, opportunistic and politically motivated.” His op-ed included the following passages where he attempts to refute those who “conflate” Zionism with Judaism and suggests that the former is a form of “racial supremacy.”

Conflation is the axis where anti-Semites and Zionists meet. Both believe Israel to be a direct synonym for Judaism. It is not. Zionism is a political ideology based upon an ethnocentric form of nationalism, more neo-conservative outpost than religious utopia. It shares more in common with past European hangovers: colonialism and racial supremacy.

Later in the article he defended Ken Livingstone’s claim that “Hitler was a Zionist.”

Enter Ken Livingstone to save the day, gulp. His words certainly added fuel to the fire. Ken is guilty of liking a drink, rambling and not articulating said point well. But what he said, no matter how cack-handily, was actually, believe it or not, based in truth.

John Mann suggested Ken read Mein Kempf, as if Livingstone was totally unaware of who Hitler was and what he did. Maybe Mann should do a bit of reading himself. He could start by reading an article published by the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre regarding a 1933 collaboration between the Nazis and Zionists centred on the relocation of German Jews to Palestine.

The link he provides details the widely known Ha’avara agreement in which “German Jews emigrating to Palestine” could “retain some of the value of their property in Germany by purchasing German goods for the Yishuv.” However, this certainly does not demonstrate that there was “collaboration” between the Nazis and Zionists, let alone back up Livingstone’s false allegation that Hitler was a Zionist. As Yehuda Bauer, one of the foremost Holocaust scholars, explained: “The Ha’avara agreement was motivated, certainly as far as Hitler himself was concerned, by the overwhelming desire to get rid of the Jews of Germany by emigration.”

But, it gets worse.

In 2014, Anthony wrote an op-ed that included the claims that “calls for genocide [against the Palestinians], or the defence of it, have become all too common in modern Israeli discourse,” that Israelis don’t view Gaza children killed by the IDF as human, and that “the supremacy of the master race and dehumanization of the other is” in fact “not new” in Israel.

The op-ed also evokes the antisemitic blood libel in the following paragraph:

You can dress genocide up in the cloth of democracy and freedom; many will buy it – the BBC for one – but the public worldwide is not that stupid, not any more anyway. The Israeli propaganda machine has been put on the back foot, thanks to live unhampered footage direct to social media. It may be able to convince an Israeli public, cocooned in a frenzy of manufactured fear, but all the world can see right now, apart from those in Western ivory towers, are mountains of dead Palestinian children. The cold revolving door of stock excuses no longer sanitises the hands of the killers, their masters or their masters’ friends. The emperor is naked, covered in blood and eating children.

We’re not sure if the Guardian will employ his services again, but Anthony’s ideological orientation — which paints Israel as a genocidal, child murdering, racial supremacist state — would certainly seem to be more at home on the extremist, antisemitic fringes of the Internet than in a putatively serious newspaper.

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  • Tony

    As a math teacher, I can say with some confidence that Anthony needs to brush up on his arithmetic.

    Genocide is a purposeful effort to eliminate a group or people, which would entail that while it was in effect, the number of those people would go down. But during the alleged genocide against “Palestinians”, their number has increased at a rate faster than any other ethnic group.

    The facts mean he is either stupid or a liar.

  • Ephraim

    Left wing fascism, the NEW Nazism.

  • That he is employed by Middle East Eye tells you all you need to know. Their comments are full of ignorance and bigotry,but if you try refuting lies and misinformation , giving facts and figures, attributing them to Human Rights Organizations, for example, they are deleted.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    No surprise here.The Guardian will no doubt employ this rabid far-Left,anti-Israel,anti-Jewish extremist again in the future. He is just the sort of “journalist” (read : pro-Palestinian propagandist) that they love. The basis for all Western anti-semitism is of course Christianity. These “journalists” may claim to be atheists,Marxists or anti-religious but all of them grew up in a society permeated by Christian Jew-hatred. And it is this overwhelming feeling of contempt for anything and everything Jewish, including (and especially) Israel,which colors their minds and consumes them with their never-ending passion of racist and ethnical revulsion of Jews. Even in a mythical world where there is no Israel this Jew-hatred would still be found. Always remember the bottom line of Christianity : “His blood be on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:25).That’s what it is all about. Thank God that today there is an Israel to protect,defend and watch over the Jewish people wherever they may be!

  • stevenl

    Israel should take action against those newspapers (the Guardian, NYT,l’ Humanite and many others) who deliberately play by the Goebbels red book.

  • nat cheiman

    Anthony and his liberal friends in Europe ( and Britain) will in due course come to understand that Islam & radical Islam do not differentiate between infidels.
    They are a sorry lot of confused Jew haters.

  • carol offenbach

    anti- semites of Jews, live on. their cuckoo world thrives on Jew-baiting. this is their resource .
    they are mentally unbalanced, but so are their followers.

    history repeats itself over and over. you want notoriety, Jew bait. you want to feed your sick
    mind, Jew bait.

    ignoramuses abound. hitlers never die. evil lurks in so- called humans.

    can someone answer, when will the Jew turn the table?

  • Hanokmim II

    There are too many lunatics obsessed with hating Jews and Israel around to deal with them all, so it ought to behoove Israeli leadership to dispose of the raison d’etre of these fanatic morons. That means ending the problem. As the problem can’t be ended by making peace with the Paleostinians, they must be removed from the equation.