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Guardian’s Cartoon of Powerful Jews Manipulating Western Leaders

You don’t even need to believe that antisemitism is at play to be contemptuous of the extraordinary myopia displayed in the Guardian report.
Steve Bell 16.12.2012

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Last November we posted about a political cartoon at the Guardian by Steve Bell depicting British foreign minister William Hague and Tony Blair as puppets being controlled by Binyamin Netanyahu, in the context of expressions of support by these leaders during the war in Gaza.  Bell’s image evoked the canard of powerful Jews controlling western politicians for their own nefarious purposes and was hauntingly similar to more explicitly antisemitic cartoons routinely found in Arab and Islamist world.

The Guardian’s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott, addressed the row a couple of weeks later, and actually rebuked Bell for ‘unintentionally’ using the visual language of antisemitic stereotypes.

While such cartoons often have more of an immediate impact in reinforcing negative stereotypes about Jews than lengthy essays, the damage done by such toxic ideas regarding ‘Jewish control’, in any form, should be taken seriously.  The Guardian narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, in news reports and commentaries, often includes passages with the unmistakable  suggestion that Israel (and the pro-Israeli lobby) wields enormous power over ineffectual Western leaders – a theme present in a report by Harriet Sherwood and Julian Borger titled ‘Iran nuclear programme deal in danger of unravelling’, Nov. 11.  The story centered on nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) which ultimately unraveled largely due to concerns that the agreement would have eased sanctions on Iran without requiring that it cease enriching uranium.

The report by Sherwood and Borger included the following:

In a bid to contain the danger, the lead US negotiator, Wendy Sherman, flew straight from the talks in Geneva to Israel to reassure Binyamin Netanyahu’s government that the intended deal would not harm his country’s national interests.

The hastily arranged trip represented an acknowledgement of Netanyahu’s power to block a deal through his influence in the US Congress and in Europe. Egged on by the Israelis, the US Senate is poised to pass new sanctions that threaten to derail the talks before they get to their planned next round in 10 days’ time.

More immediately, Netanyahu demonstrated over the weekend that he could sway the Geneva talks from the inside through his relationship with Paris.

These passages of course strongly suggest that US congressional leaders take their marching orders from Jerusalem and that the French government’s position was not motivated by what it saw as its own national interests but, rather, as a result of the influence of the Israeli prime minister.

However, the deal was fatally flawed, according to many experts, due in part because it would have fallen short of the requirements in six resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council over the years which called on Iran to suspend ALL uranium enrichment – resolutions passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, rendering them binding under international law.

As Adam Chandler observed in an essay published at Tablet about the superficial analysis by Sherwood and Borger:

[Their argument] smacks of that paranoid, evergreen charge that all wars and international campaigns are waged on behalf of Israel, a claim that devolves from Israel into “the Jews” as it goes through portal after conspiratorial portal.

You don’t even need to believe that antisemitism is at play to nonetheless be contemptuous of the extraordinary myopia displayed in the Guardian report.  As Walter Russell Mead observed recently about the broader intellectual dynamic which unites antisemitism with anti-Zionism:

Weak minds…are easily seduced by attractive but empty generalizations. The comment attributed to August Bebel that anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools can be extended to many other kinds of cheap and superficial errors that people make. The baffled, frustrated and the bewildered seek a grand, simplifying hypothesis that can bring some kind of ordered explanation to a confusing world.

Guardian “journalists” may fancy themselves sophisticated, erudite and worldly, but their frequent ‘Zionist root cause’ explanations betray both their ideological bias and the extraordinarily facile nature of their reasoning.

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About the Author: Adam Levick serves as Managing Editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), and is a member of the Online Antisemitism Working Group for the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism. Adam made Aliyah from Philadelphia in 2009 and lives with his wife in Modi'in.


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5 Responses to “Guardian’s Cartoon of Powerful Jews Manipulating Western Leaders”

  1. =
    = The IslamoNazi Fakestinian fabricated narrative presented at the UNGA Caliphate =
    The ‘Fakestinian’ narrative: a refined gourmet of medieval blood libels, mixed with ideas of the protocols of the elders of Zion from the secret police cellars of Tsardom Russia and a dash of
    Nazi-German enlightenment.
    # Bon appétit.

    The Islam wars of aggression & Jihad against Israel is not about land but is fueled by a 1400 years old grotesque, obssessed Islamoazi hatred, enemity & violence.

    The IslamoNazi Doctrine finds fertile ground for emotional & subjective adherants and supporters in antisemite Europe .

    The Fakestinian fabricated narrative & The IslamoNazi Doctrine are also promoted by Al Jazeera America in US politics. And by professors of hate in US campuses, mainstream medias etc…
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152005336919169

  2. =
    As a consequence, The Israeli soldier who was stabbed by a Palestinian this morning has died from his wounds. May his memory be a blessing. I get so sad every time I read news like this..

    Many of my fellow Norwegians say this happens because Jews live in Judea and Samaria, because of the so called “occupation”.

    Really?

    Then how do they explain the Palestinian terror attacks against Jews in Israel between 1948 and 1967, BEFORE Israel liberated Judea and Samaria?

    And how do they explain the Hebron massacre in 1929, when 67 Jews were brutally murdered by Palestinian-Arabs?

    These murders has NOTHING to do with the so called “occupation”. It’s Jew hatred. Pure and simple.Andreas Fagerbakke ·
    http://www.facebook.com/andfagerbakke/posts/271357626322373

  3. I agree with Joseph’s comment 100%.
    Especially the “professors of hate”: the result of hundreds of millions-if not Billions of dollars given to the colleges and universities over the years by Islamic and other institutions in the arab countries.

  4. it's all the fault of the chews.

  5. God has returned Israel to his land and they will never be removed from it again. ANY give away of God’s land is a sin in God’s eyes. I pray for peace but all too often what takes place is war. In the middle east we have wars and rumors of wars and sometimes rumors of peace on an almost weekly basis. In addition Iran claims they will not build the bomb but continue to spin their “low level” centrifuges. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran could get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Time IS running out. Another question is rather or not the Russian/Syrian agreement will do the trick in Syria? Stay tuned. I wrote a small 6 or 7 page book that talks about what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

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