Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BBC Features Blatant Antisemitism for Israel's 60th Anniversary

Part of the pretense of outlets such as the BBC is to pretend that their hatred for Israel has nothing to do with a hatred for Jews. But sometimes the mask slips, particularly in foreign language Arabic and Russian articles when the Beeb thinks it isn't being watched.

Israel's 60th anniversary naturally drew a witches sabbath of hateful articles from the BBC in every language, but one piece genuinely let the mask slip.

In a BBC Russian language article purporting to be about Orthodox Christians in Israel from Ksenia Svetlova, a left wing Arabist reporter closely supportive of Islamic terrorists, published for Israel's 60th anniversary, Ksenia Svetlova gave extensive space to Israel Shamir.

The word anti-semite gets thrown around a lot, so the best way to measure just how vile and repulsive "Israel Shamir" is that he's considered beyond the pale even by some of the most extreme figures who hate Israel and have very little use for Jews.

Sue Blackwell who heads up efforts to boycott Israel in the UK writes the following about Israel Shamir,

"His web pages are a veritable gold mine of anti-Semitic calumnies. You would have to plumb the depths of the worst neo-Nazi publications to find a defence of the Easter Blood Libel accusation (that Jews slaughtered non-Jewish children to make the Passover bread at Easter)".

Holocaust denier David Irving accused Israel Shamir of trying to sell him fraudulent Nazi papers. He has been expelled from Arab Anti-Israel groups such as Al Awda and blacklisted by figures such as Ali Abunimah and Hussein Ibish.

Ronald Rance, one of the more prominent British Anti-Israel figures wrote the following about Israel Shamir that Shamir is an impostor who claims to have worked for the BBC in the past, uses many names, defends the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as a real narrative, claims that Jews run the world and has close ties to Neo Nazis and is currently a player in far right Russian anti-semitic groups.

These folks have condemned Israel Shamir not because they love Jews, but because they recognize that blatant anti-semitism of this kind will damage their own credibility. Something the BBC apparently thought would pass unnoticed in a Russian language edition.

With all this in mind here's how the BBC article by Kseniva Svetlanova, itself laced with a large number of fraudulent claims unrelated to Israel Shamir, described him.

The well-known translator and publicist Israel Shamir - one of the few who is not afraid to speak openly about their faith. In the past, political dissident, he arrived in Israel as a Zionist convinced, served in the elite parachute-landing troops, took part in the war in 1973.

Shamir, known in Israel for its radical views on Israeli policy, Zionism and its relationship with the Arab world, believes that the state is trying to deliberately reduced the number of Christians living there.

"Relations between Judaism and Christianity have been and remain problematic and complex - writes Shamir. - Many analysts believe that modern Judaism in general has emerged as a response to Christianity, and its raison d'etre - a fight with Christianity.

Not only does the article treat Israel Shamir's phony biography as real, it serves as a very blatant whitewashing of a man who has claimed that Jews drink Christian blood, that a Jewish conspiracy rules the world, described Jews as a "malignant virus" and wrote articles talking about another Jewish final solution and has ties to Neo-Nazis as "controversial" or "radical", and after this legitimization sinks to a new low by repeating Shamir's claims that Judaism is not a real religion and that it exists only to fight Christianity.

In doing so the BBC article goes beyond attacking Israel and to participating in an outright bigoted attack on Jews. And uses a man that even most on the far left and far right consider to be beyond the pale to do so.

More troubling still is that Ksenia Svetlova, the author of the BBC piece is widely published in mainstream outlets such as the Jerusalem Post, despite her Arabist background and her sympathies toward terrorists. While her mainstream media carry the appropriate disclaimers and attempt to show a more mainstream tone, her former work for the Arabic Media Internet Network shows another face and even her mainstream articles appear routinely on the websites of Norman Finkelstein and ISM and in Russian routinely conducts sympathetic interviews with Islamic terrorists.

What is significant about all this is the extent to which the BBC's attempt at separating their Anti-Zionism from Anti-Semitism is a mask, a mask they wear for Western audiences and that they feel freer to remove for Arabic and Russian audiences when they think no one is watching. Ksenia Svetlova's article promoting Israel Shamir and the idea that Judaism is not a religion anymore than Israel is a state is closer to the real ugly heart of the BBC and one of the ways they chose to commemorate Israel's 60th anniversary.


Keli Ata said...

Outstanding research, newsgathering and writing once again :)

There isn't a strong enough disclaimer to justify the BBC for allowing this stuff. It's anti-semitic through and through about as vile and course as it comes.

I know media outlets allow for differences of opinions and rebuttals are the gold standard with every outlet from the small weekly to the international outlet like the BBC.

But...this isn't a rebuttal at all or different political view on Israel. It's anti-semitic.

The Nazi PR people would be so proud if not envious of the BBC.

(Why do anti-semties always pull this Jews drinking/eating Christian blood? It makes no sense at all seeing we're not allowed to consume blood at all.

If anything, the gentile Christians drink Jewish blood in their masses. Well, at least Catholics anyway. They drink the blood of a Jew every Sunday since they believe in transustantiation.)

Anonymous said...

I tought shamir died this year. G-d is dealing with him right now. Jewish and Israeli academia is full of people of his ilk. I can only imagine the effect on their students souls. As for JP it has reversed itself to pre-Black ownership. Except for Caroline Glick and Sara Honig there is no one to read there.

Lemon said...

G-d is dealing with us all right now anonymous.

Nice article Knish

Wabano said...

So-called "Shamir" with Swedish
nazi Lasse Wilhemson...

Israel Shamir is really also a Swedish nazi named Jöran Jermas, an ex-KGB agent who try
(pretty successfully with the help
of leftard idiots)
to pass as a Jew...

He part of Ernst Zundel "Hollow earth" gang of racist cretins...

Interesting read:

Anonymous said...

Israel Shamir, a Nazi posing as an "Israeli writer"

Israel Shamir is an infamous (non Jew) Nazi who resided in Israel for a short time and preaches hatred and LIES.

Any wonder he appears on all hate sites like KKKS's davidduke, and other nazis' sites?

Searchlight Magazine: A man who claims to be one of Israel’s leading intellectuals is also a Swedish antisemitic writer. Israel Shamir presents himself on his website as a leading Russian-Israeli intellectual and a writer, translator and journalist. But in 2001 he changed his name to Jöran Jermas and has surrounded himself in Sweden and Norway ... (An empty bag cannot stand) and was published by the openly nazi publisher Nordiska Förlaget. ...

MOONBAT CENTRAL: London Times Exposes Columnist "Israel Shamir" as Swedish neo-Nazi. For many years the most openly anti-Semitic "Jew" filling the web with columns, ...

Israel Shamir's Antisemitic "book" with the Arab radical "activist" using information and "ideas" created by Neo Nazi groups

Hesham Tillawi... Israel Shamir...convert to Christianity, has alleged that Jews are somehow aligned with demonic forces ...

hate... as well as Duke, French Holocaust denier Serge Thion and Israel Shamir, ...

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