The Guardian publishes old fashioned anti-Jewish propaganda

August 14, 2017

(NOTE– The update at the end of this post shows that the offending journalist, Adam Reynolds, and the Guardian editors are even more hysterical and ignorant than the post initially implied.)

Jews have built bomb shelters because they’re scared. Let’s taunt them.

This is The Guardian’s latest attack on Israelis. Well actually not Israelis — that would include Arab Muslims, Christians, Druze and a host of other groups. So let’s call it what it is — the Guardian’s latest attack on Jews.

Doomsday dens: Inside Israel’s bombshelters

This propaganda piece is designed to promote the idea that Jews really don’t face any imminent or credible threat to their security. The authors portray military threats against Israel as the kind of vague hypothetical or prophetic prediction that leads to a “doomsday” cult and inspires the paranoid followers to build bunkers.

There are more than a million bomb shelters in Israel, reflecting the nation’s collective siege mentality.

Followed immediately by

This collective siege mentality manifests itself with over one million public and private bomb shelters, found throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories.

The authors assert that not only is there no threat to Israel, but that their bomb shelters are a sign of a “collective siege mentality”, that the hapless Jews have somehow picked up. Collectively. It’s not rockets flying in from Gaza or (increasingly) Syria, or terrorists climbing through a kitchen window and slaughtering a random family at their Sabbath meal, or nuclear threats from Iran. Nope, for the Guardian, it is a “collective siege mentality” that sends the nervous Jews scurrying into their bunkers.

This mirrors (or more likely simply repeats) the age old anti-Semitic stereotype of the cowardly Jew. In 2014 in Berlin on Al-Quds Day — the march that agitates for the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem, a mob marched through the streets chanting something in German that had not been heard since the 1930s:

Jude, Jude, feiges Schwein; komm heraus und kämpf allein!

That is — “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig; come out and fight for yourself!” The police simply stood back and watched. (Link to You Tube of this.)

And now the Guardian has published a piece that springs from exactly the same propagandist  stereotype.

From its creation in 1948, Israel has felt isolated and under threat from its enemies.

In 1949, 1967, and 1973, of course, Israel was attacked, unprovoked, by its neighbors who declared  openly genocidal wars against the Jews. During the same time frame, Middle Eastern countries expelled more than half a million Jews. And the Guardian finds it fit to describe this as felt isolated and under threat”. Any other population would be described simply as “under threat”. But with the cowardly Jews, it’s their “collective siege mentality”.

Why do Guardian editors accept this double standard when it is applied to Jews?

…..felt under threat from its enemies.

This is an odd formulation. An “enemy” is by definition one who poses a threat. This contradicts the assertion that the Jews only “feel” under threat. So why didn’t an editor notice this glaring contradiction and correct it? Maybe they are so used to dismissing Israel’s enemies as not posing a threat it seems normal to them by now.

It is odd that the Guardian pretends to be unaware of Iran’s threats to Israel, or of the daily hate-filled Jihadist propaganda that routinely spews from Arabic televisions throughout the region, inciting Arabs to rise up and exterminate the Jews. Or the military camps that Hamas runs for small children, in their generational war of genocide against Jews. Or the bounty on Jews that the PA pays terrorists…. Well, actually it’s not odd at all. The Guardian rarely covers such such stories, just as it carefully avoids using the word “terrorism” for the the random knife attacks, car rammings and other acts which are immediately and correctly labelled terrorism when they are committed against non-Jews.

For the Guardian (and many other, especially liberal, news outlets), Jews are seen as valid collective targets for terrorism, because the actions of their government are supposedly so bad as to validate Jihadist attacks on Israeli citizens. No other people on the earth is degraded like this by the Guardian — only Jews.

The article then goes to a bunch of photos of institutions and private homes that Jews kindly granted the journalist access to. Were they informed that the journalist was not interested in life in Israel, but rather in the “collective siege mentality” of the Jews?

Replace the captions with something in line with the way any other threatened population would be covered, and it would look something like this:

Israelis protect themselves:

There are more than a million bomb shelters in Israel, reflecting the nation’s collective desire to survive bomb attacks. [DUH.] From its creation in 1948, Israel been repeatedly attacked by its neighbors and is currently facing almost daily rocket attacks from Hamas and increasingly Hezbollah. Iran has been threatening nuclear annihilation against Israel for decades. We look at how Israelis protect themselves while managing to lead a normal life.

This would have turned the story into what it really is — a kind of “House & Garden” oddity, rather than the moronic piece of Jew-baiting that the Guardian decided to publish.

I have written to the Guardian and asked them to reconsider their position in society. I will note any response here.

UPDATE 15 Aug 2017: Still no response from the Guardian and still no retraction. But from me, free of charge, you can get this information — Israelis are required by law to build a safe room in every new building. Adam Reynolds, the dumbass journalist who wrote this, and the Guardian editorial board didn’t bother researching this at all.

The Times of Israel explains–

As the threat of chemical warfare grew over the next 20 years, the Home Front Command switched its preference from basement bomb shelters or sealed rooms to elevated protected spaces. Each new building was required to have a safe room, or mamad, the acronym for merhav mugan dirati, built from reinforced concrete with a heavy, sealed window and steel vault-like door that can protect those inside from the blast of rockets.

Posted by Yakaru

One comment

  1. An update on why these safe rooms are not merely part of a “siege mentality” —

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