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The readers' editor on…averting accusations of antisemitism - How to teach the media to self censor their reporting 05 Aug 2014 16:43 #1

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The readers' editor on… averting accusations of antisemitism
Guardian reporters, writers and editors must be more vigilant about the language they use when writing about Jews or Israel

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/

Chris Elliott
The Guardian, Sunday 6 November 2011

The Guardian has always had a strong commitment to reporting on the Middle East. That means a lot of news reporting, as well as comment and analysis, on the Israel-Palestine situation. It is one of the world's most contested conflicts, in which thousands of people have died or have been displaced. As a newspaper the Guardian has been critical of all sides, but it is seen as being especially critical of the Israeli government and its actions. And that has led to complaints that the Guardian, in print or online, is carrying material that either lapses into language resonant of antisemitism or is, by its nature, antisemitic.

It also leads to the much more rare allegation of Islamophobia. In this column I intend to address the former rather than the latter, because recently there has been a preponderance of such complaints.

This is not a fresh concern. It is a particularly sensitive issue for a core of the Guardian's Jewish readers because CP Scott held strong Zionist sympathies, as did WP Crozier, who came after him as editor. In the Guardian's archives is a letter of thanks from the first president of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, thanking Scott for his help in securing the Balfour declaration, the 1917 statement by the British government approving the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

A shift in attitudes came after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, as Daphna Baram outlines in her book Disenchantment: The Guardian and Israel, published in 2004. So, it's not new. But there has been an increase in complaints of antisemitism within the last few months.

As the web has widened the debate, so it has also enabled more opportunities for articles and comments to be questioned. Individuals and organisations monitoring the Guardian's coverage examine the language in articles – and the comments posted underneath them online – as closely as the facts.

For antisemitism can be subtle as well as obvious. Three times in the last nine months I have upheld complaints against language within articles that I agreed could be read as antisemitic. The words were replaced and the articles footnoted to reflect the fact. These included references to Israel/US "global domination" and the term "slavish" to describe the US relationship with Israel; and, in an article on a lost tribe of Mallorcan Jews, what I regarded as a gratuitous reference to "the island's wealthier families".

Two weeks ago a columnist used the term "the chosen" in an item on the release of Gilad Shalit, which brought more than 40 complaints to the Guardian, and an apology from the columnist the following week. "Chosenness", in Jewish theology, tends to refer to the sense in which Jews are "burdened" by religious responsibilities; it has never meant that the Jews are better than anyone else. Historically it has been antisemites, not Jews, who have read "chosen" as code for Jewish supremacism.

One reader wrote of the column: "The despicable antisemitic tone of this rant is beyond reason or decency."

An important feature of the Guardian online is that the comment threads are post-moderated: a team of moderators check almost half a million comments a month posted on the site for language that breaches the community guidelines across a whole range of issues – not just antisemitism. They are experienced in spotting the kind of language long associated with antisemitic tropes such as Jews having too much power and control, or being clannish and secretive, or the role of Jews in finance and the media.

Newspapers have to be aware that some examples involve coded references. They need to ask themselves, for example, if the word Zionist is being used as a synonym for Jew.

I have been careful to say that these examples may be read as antisemitic because I don't believe their appearance in the Guardian was the result of deliberate acts of antisemitism: they were inadvertent. But that does not lessen the injury to some readers or to our reputation. The Guardian should not be oppressed by criticism – some of the language used by our critics is abusive and intimidatory – or retreat into self-censorship. But reporters, writers and editors must be more vigilant to ensure our voice in the debate is not diminished because our reputation has been tarnished.

• This article will be open for comments at 9am on Monday (UK time).

This is where the danger lies with PC madness and nonsensical terms like anti-Semitism and the control over the use of well established and understood terms like Zionist. To be a Jew all you have to do is join the cult - your previous religious belief or genetic ancestry (racial) is irrelevant, therefore members aren't required to speak a Semitic language or originate from that region genetically (racially). There is no requirement for Zionist to be members of a Jewish cult which is common knowledge...therefore using the term Zionist is not exclusive to Jews as a group regardless of the fact that some Jews choose to be Zionists.

You don't need to be an intellectual genius to grasp those simple facts. You would have to be intellectually corrupt to argue against them and allow those devices to be used to force censorship on yourself and in this case the readers.

The younger generations have rejected the MSM en mass because it can't be trusted to report real news impartially or accurately. The older generations are all that holds this corrupt media system together. It's about time they rejected it and seek alternative channels for genuine unencumbered language and reporting. It's happening slowly and recent reporting on events in Gaza have hopefully accelerated the decline of the controlled media.

The new danger is that people fall into the trap of the controlled mainstream social media (MSSM) platforms like FarceBook and Twatter. On the surface they seem to be relatively free from control, but censorship is creeping forward on those platforms. Self censorship and self imposed political correctness is present and various tactics are being employed to scare people into compliance. Arresting kids for posting tongue in cheek jokes etc. is designed to send a threatening message, to enforce the same controls on the public as are prevalent and successfully gagging media professionals.

The only way to combat this nefarious system of control is decentralisation of everything from money, government, law and media production and distribution.

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... on the other hand




ADL downplays unprovoked racial hate crime killing of Miami Jewish Rabbi
as a “robbery gone bad.”


(Source: ADL tweet and official ADL website)

topconservativenews.com/2014/08/jewish-rabbi-slaughtered-in-racial-hate-crime-but-adl-downplays-to-defend-the-black-perps/
Came across this link in one of the comments www.realjewnews.com/?p=955




Miami rabbi murdered on the way to temple

Police search for two young suspects in shooting; motives unclear, but anti-Semitism suspected.

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4556859,00.html

www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Rabbi-murdered-in-Miami-370598

www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.609743



Truth does not matter, never did, all that is important is that the 'news' suit and serve the agenda.
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The readers' editor on…averting accusations of antisemitism - How to teach the media to self censor their reporting 11 Aug 2014 09:25 #3

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For antisemitism can be subtle as well as obvious. Three times in the last nine months I have upheld complaints against language within articles that I agreed could be read as antisemitic. The words were replaced and the articles footnoted to reflect the fact. These included references to Israel/US "global domination" and the term "slavish" to describe the US relationship with Israel; and, in an article on a lost tribe of Mallorcan Jews, what I regarded as a gratuitous reference to "the island's wealthier families"

In all three cases a clear argument based on facts can be made that is supportive of the implicit assertions attached to these assertions.
Two weeks ago a columnist used the term "the chosen" in an item on the release of Gilad Shalit, which brought more than 40 complaints to the Guardian, and an apology from the columnist the following week. "Chosenness", in Jewish theology, tends to refer to the sense in which Jews are "burdened" by religious responsibilities; it has never meant that the Jews are better than anyone else. Historically it has been antisemites, not Jews, who have read "chosen" as code for Jewish supremacism

So it's a bit like the colonial language of "benighted savages" and the "white man's burden", both of which concepts would be regarded as prima facie evidence of gentile racism. Man! Some serious bullshitting goes on around this subject.
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The readers' editor on…averting accusations of antisemitism - How to teach the media to self censor their reporting 13 Aug 2014 21:16 #4

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Australian paper hauled over the coals for a factually based cartoon depiction of voyeuristic Israel's who take up spectator positions on the hillsides over looking Gaza. Safe in these vantage points seated in comfortable and improvised seating Israeli citizens have a panoramic view of the landscape, as they cheer and hoot with delight as the genocidal bombing rain down on the persecuted innocent men, women and children of war torn Gaza. Israeli's pose for selfies and video footage against a Gaza backdrop of smoke files skies, billowing clouds of fire filled missile explosions, crumbling blocks of domestic accommodation, schools and hospitals, and rivers of blood flowing through streets filled with the the mangled and mutilated bodies of innocent victims of these horrendous war crimes. No a murmur about sanctions or military action against this evil illegal invader as they freely go about their bloody business of genocide against the rightful occupiers of the land the ghoulish spectators are perched upon.

These are the people that western politicians are supporting and proudly proclaim their elegance to, while waving their friends of Israel membership cards! Shame on them and shame on all of us for allowing these people to hold office in our governments, media and corporations!


Above the controversial cartoon based on fact see bellow.



Are you sitting comfortably



Bring on the lions



Chilling with a cool beer and a few mates while watching the killing

Zionist Thought Cops Reduce Australian Newspaper to Quivering Bowl of Jelly

Sydney Morning Herald can’t apologize enough for editorial cartoon and accompanying column

"We apologize unreservedly for this lapse and the anguish and distress that has been caused....It was wrong to publish the cartoon in its original form.”

The fact-based cartoon has been retracted

Sydney, Australia — An influential Australian newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, has retracted and said it was "wrong" to publish a July 26 cartoon about Gaza that ignited howls of outrage from Zionists. In an August 3 editorial, the Herald denounced its own cartoon, saying that it "invoked an inappropriate element of religion, rather than nationhood, and made a serious error of judgment.” The cartoon, by Glen Le Lievre, depicted "an elderly man, with a large nose, sitting alone, with a remote control device in his hand, overseeing explosions in Gaza," according to the newspaper. His armchair had a Star of David on it, "and the man was wearing a kippah, a religious skullcap.”

Initially, the newspaper defended the cartoon, explaining that Le Lievre's drawing was inspired by "news photographs of men seated in chairs and lounges, observing the shelling of Gaza.”


The Herald’s initial defense was correct. As Harriet Sherwood reports (below), Israelis did indeed gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as their military dropped bombs on Gaza: "Israelis drank, snacked and posed for selfies" against a background of explosions in civilian areas.

Source: http://revisionistreview.blogspot.co.uk/


Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza
People drink, snack and pose for selfies against a background of explosions as Palestinian death toll mounts in ongoing offensive

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/
As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.

Old sofas, garden chairs, battered car seats and upturned crates provide seating for the spectators. On one hilltop, a swing has been attached to the branches of a pine tree, allowing its occupant to sway gently in the breeze. Some bring bottles of beer or soft drinks and snacks.

On Saturday, a group of men huddle around a shisha pipe. Nearly all hold up smartphones to record the explosions or to pose grinning, perhaps with thumbs up, for selfies against a backdrop of black smoke.

Despite reports that millions of Israelis are living in terror of Hamas rockets, they don't deter these hilltop war watchers whose proximity to Gaza puts them within range of the most rudimentary missiles. Some bring their children.

Read more...

So the question is why was the paper required to apologize for and retract a cartoon that depicted real world events? What is this force that controls the information that you are allowed to see? Who does this hidden hand that manipulates and controls global politics and mainstream media belong to?

"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude." William James
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only by individuals, but by the masses. In periodicals
and cyclopaedias, in schools and universities; every-
where, in fact, error prevails, and is quite easy in the
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