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Iran Watch, part 5 - a response to some nonsense from Guido Fawkes.
Tags: Iran Watch Israel Nuclear Iran
Israel has no ethical arms policy and will sell to any country if the price is right. Here are a list of all the countries that Israel has supplied weapons too: Apartheid SOuth Africa, in the 80's Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua under Samoza, Noriega's Panama, Burma, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Selling weaspons to countries which are known human rights abusers is the trademark of the Israeli war machine.
So you do acknowledge that corruption is endemic in Israel. OMG is that an admission that Israel has actually done something wrong. In most democracies where there is the accusation of wrong doing, very rarely do politicians then go on to stand for high political office. Israel instead welcomes such politicians with open arms.
Your subsequent submission that corruption in Iran is endemic is yet again one of your unsubtantiated rantings. Where is the independent evidence to attest such a claim. And there's me thinking that you are a friend of the Iranian people (so you claim).
As for references to Katsav and your linking it with alleged sexual abuse in Iran, I leave it to NS readers to make up their own mind.
Keep digging my friend. You are doing a very good job of creating a bigger and bigger whole for yourself!!!
This is what you said:
I find Sir Michael's disclosure of his mental health problems distasteful. There should be no room for such a thing here because such a disclosure can be tainted with hypocrisy.
Whether you addressed that comment to him directly is irrelevant. You said it and the proof is there for all to see.!!!!!
By the way you could try to learn more about the English language and use of capital letters.
19 March 2012 at 13:12
Iran's terrorist proxies
Iran's expansionist interventionism
This is what you said about Atzmom
Mariella, if you are going to bring the ex-Jew and antisemite Atzmon as a source for your views then you can expect to be held to account on this forum.
So now you have the power to revoke Atzmom's status as a Jew. Do you have religious authority to carry out such an act?
There is nothing 'complex' about the Islamist genocide of 400,000 Black people in Darfur. It was covered thoroughly by every major newspaper (except Mehdi hasan's Islamist NS) and resulted in the International Criminal Court issuing an arrest warrant for Bashir the butcher of Darfur.
Bashir cannot visit states because of fear of arrest except the Islamic world were he is feted as a hero for mass murder. Then again Black people in the Islamic world are like Jews and Christians referred to as the 'offspring of pigs and apes'.
And quite frankly I prefer the views of the US Holocaust museums to 'Mahmood Mamdani.'
I agree with Mr. Hasan that bombing Osiraq didnt end SH nuclear ambitions. The objective of any Israeli bombing(there are som many of them) is not ending somthing, but show others how scary and mighty Israel is. Its not about eliminating or preventing a threat , its all about agression and the ability to commit it. Israelis mistakenly think that hitting others all the time is a profe of how strong and powerful they are , when its quiet the opposite , it really shows how scared and weak Israel and Israelis are and will always be.
Its not Iran's mistake that Israel was(and also gulf states) born scared. I really wish that Israel would one day realize that only changing its mentality will give her peace and security , bombing the entire region will not achieve that.
Khosrow, you're an anti-semitic imbecile.
"A close study of the Nazi and Israeli tactics can demonstrate that the Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda has proved plausible that ‘the Jews are Masters of Propaganda"
Do you realise what a nasty, bigoted prick you appear to be? When did NS become a platform for nazi sympathisers? You fucking moron.
Mariella, you are, again, deliberately distorting my position. I have already said before that, like others, Israelis are human, and to err is human, so they can err like anybody else. I also told you before that Jews do not endorse all Israel's positions blindly and take it to task when this is merited. I also said that it is not the fact of the criticism of Israel in itself that bothers me but that this criticism is, more often than not, unfair and bigoted. Please do not create a straw man with whom it is easier to debate. As for the Iranian corruption, nobody questions this fact seriously, and I will produce evidence later.
You are a repulsive islamoNazi Holocaust denying scum.
You complement the racist Islamist Jew-hating garbage that pollutes this site. You complement Mehdi Hasan's Israel-hating rants.
Have you ever thought of returning to your native apartheid Pakistan where the bulk of the miserable impoverished population share your offensive views? Try stoning some of your women - islamists find it quite relaxing.
Still more reasons for anti-Semites to hate Israel:
So, Iran is the 8th most corrupt country in the world! What would you say to this, Mariella? Is this still"unsubstantiated?" (this is dated 2009):
The new edition of a global "corruption index" has seen Iran fall into the bottom 10, ranking it one of the world's most crookedly run countries.
According to Transparency International, which publishes the annual Corruption Perception Index, Iran has fallen from 141st on the list of 180 countries to eighth from bottom – one of the most marked declines.
SO this is what the great Julia said of Tareq Ramadan: Listen to Tariq Ramadan, he typify's the utter nonsense and lies that come out of Muslims mouths when they start talking about equality and morality. I challenge any sane person to find anything he says real and true, its all psychobabble Koranic nonsense.
ARE THEIR NO LEVELS TO WHICH YOU WILL STOOP. CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME TAREQ RAMADAN WHO IS PROFESSOR IN THE FACULTY OF ORIENTAL STUDIES, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. I BELIEVE OXFORD UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD.
SO there we have an academic who is an internationally recognised scholar, working at the most prestigious university in the world, Oxford University, is according to Julia talking nonsense and lies.
OF ALL THE IDIOTIC STATEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED, JULIA WINS THE PRIZE FOR GROSS BASENSS AND CRASS STUPIDITY. WHAT A COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY MORONIC STATEMENT.
And how about this on Iranian corruption, Mariella? http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1144661.html
would you pls be so kind and just post all your links all at once? seems most strange to do so one at a time, on more than 1 thread to boot i note....
It's no use using rational arguement with Miss M - she will, as you say, distort your position. She also makes sweeping assumptions (often mirroring her own prejudices)about those with whose views she disagrees.
Islamonazism, holocaust-denial, denial of the genocide in Darfur is all alive well and thriving in Mehdi 'non-Moslems live like animals Hasan' Islamist NS.
Surely it's time the NS was re-claimed for the Left. Surely it's time for Hasan to be booted out!
Yes, my friend, I see more and more that this is an exercise in futulity. First, she did not see the difference between Katzav and the Iranian use of rape as a means of persecution. Even a 5th grader would have understood that. Then she imputed me, quite falsely, the view that I consider Israel to be infallible, when not only did I not say that, but, actually, said exactly the opposite. Then she challenged the fact of corruption in Iran, in 2009 the 8th most corrupt country in the world. The fact of this corruption is known to everybody, and to Iranians themselves first of all, as is clear from the materials I have submitted. It must be difficult to live in the world of one's one prejudices, indeed.
@Bolshevik 'And quite frankly I prefer the views of the US Holocaust museums to 'Mahmood Mamdani.'
- your quotation marks are index enough of your racism. You're a racist, and as such, the rest of your post is discredited. As for holocaust deniers, who in their right mind would deny the holocaust? But if by holocaust denier you mean anybody who researches the holocaust, then your use of the word cheapens is and insults those who suffered. The kosher version is not written in stone; why shouldn't it be the object of scholarly research?
And as for bringing it up constantly,have a look (I know you won't, you are too bigoted) at an article by Tony Judt in about May 2008, as I recall, in the Monde Diplomatique, Trop de Shoah tue le Shoah. You'd probably prefer to remain in your rabid convictions than to listen to a scholar Zionists like to call a Jewish Jew-hater. There is no greater sin than ignorance, said Machiavelli. Well, there is, and that is making others as blinkered and ignorant as you would like them to be for your own violent ends.
There is nothing democratic about Israel. Its the same sort of democracy practised by the apartheid South African governmnt. Remember Israel supported that evil regime to the bitter end. Its a sham . Only those who are regarded as Jews own the State. The Interior Ministry decides who are Jewish. Jews who have never been to Israel have rights to land. People who were born within the borders are denied citizenship.Not only is Israel not democratic but it is racist
Yes, Mariella, indeed, Mandela could be a great fighter with respect to the fight against apartheid and yet 100% wrong on the Palestinian issue. If you think that it cannot be, then you really are into hagiography, rather than serious debate.
btw, where's Mariella? she hasn't ben seen on this site for hours. I hope she hasn't been the victim by drone of a typical Israeli targetted assassination of its critics.
When someone starts off with, well I don't have an agenda, you know that they really do. Why do those who attack Mehdi have to be so venemuous. If you have an argument to make, make it. In many ways you are no different from the anti semites whom you claim to abhor. Sheer Hypocrisy indeed . This is a left of centre publication if you want a right wing perspective, look in the Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail. I think that a lot of criticism of Mehdi is racially motivated; its because he is non white ( and he has a Muslim sounding name).
The reason I am sending them separately, Jankaas, is that they deal with dirrerent topics or specific subjects.
I tell you what bothers me is the inherent dishonesty in your position. Without exception you have peddled from the beginning a pro Zionist agenda which is clear for all to see. Time and time again you have been been caught out with your postings, peddling the same old nonsense that has been discredited years ago. The world has moved on, but you it seems have not. If what you say is typical of the average Israeli, little wonder that the peace process has never yielded any meaningful results. By carrying on this charagd you are giving carte blanche to Israel to carry on with its incessant warmongering.
I trust the judgment of the good NS readers who can see that all of your postings show a blind uncritical support for Israel. Worse than than that you continue to produce myth after myth.
Keep digging my friend. I feel sure there are a lot of people who will be drawn to your cause.
SO if Israelis's can err like anybody else, will you now finally admit that the Israelis's have inflicted a terrible injustice on the Palestinian people. A simple yes or no will do.
Gandhi was a great man, too. However, when he was asked how to deal with the Nazi treatment of the Jews, he said that Jews should surrender to the Nazis, be slaughtered by them, and, this achieve a moral victory. So, you think that he was right because he was Gandhi, a great man? THis follows from your infantile reasoning.
"thus achieve", of course
We should condemn racism in all its forms. Who is going to be the first to condemn the racism directed towards Medhi? Any takers/
Hassan, on the same page that this article that you refer to is published, you can find this response:Poorly reasoned article
by think about it Monday, Mar. 27, 2006 at 1:51 PM
Israel is nothing but a shitty little country."
During a reception at the home of a leading columnist for the London Daily Telegraph, Daniel Bernard, French ambassador to England, told guests that the world's current troubles were all the fault of "...that shitty little country, Israel."
"Why," he asked, "should the world be in danger of World War Three because of those people?"
Of course, for hypocrisy and anti-Semitism, there's no one like the French... after all, they're the same folks who wouldn't allow their German conquerors during World War II to trouble themselves to round up the Jews in France... so the French happily and dutifully rounded them up themselves, and turned them over to the Germans...
But... is Israel really a "shitty little country"? A closer look would reveal that France should follow the Israeli example. After all... Israel, the 100th smallest country in the world, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:
The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.
Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
Israel has the fourth largest Air Force in the world (after the U.S., Russia and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U. S.
Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita
According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. US officials now look (finally) to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people --as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. (3,500companie s mostly in hi-tech).
With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.
Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U.S.
Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East.
The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.
Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.
Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times.
Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."
Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.
Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, cancer and digestive disorders.
Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the camera, helps doctors diagnose heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.
An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave Desert.
All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth.
And unlike France, Israel actually wins its wars.
People will really take notice of Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty which is full of anti Iranian rhetoric. Great posting!!!
YOU DO A GOOD JOB OF MAKING MY CASE FOR ME. I AM STILL WAITNG FOR AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTION: WILL YOU FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ISRAEL HAS INFLICTED A TERRIBLE CRIME ON THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
Mehdi Hasan a journalist? He's a propagandist for the Iranians, who cobbles together pieces from the internet to make a point. Either thator he relies on interns. There are no original thoughts just obssesive ramblings.
Funnily enough, if Mehdi is so rattled about a possible attack on Iran that he has to indulge his obsession day after day, then imagine what the Iranians must be feeling? Mehdi seems to be doing Israel's work for him.
Willoyen@21.00: You need to take your pils mate, hatred has turned you into a looney.
I have nothing to say to the person who has no logic or,except to say that the statement than Israelis can err like anybody else does not equate a statement that Israelis have inflicted a terrible injustice on the Palestinian people. The answer to your question is No, they have not inflicted a terrible injustice on the Palestinian people. Yes, Palestinians are dispossessed, I said it a long time ago, and you seemed to have ignored my position. However, their being dispossessed is not the fault of Israel, but, rather, that of the Arab governments who used them for their political games and of the Palestinians themselves, who allowed themselves to be so manipulated. I have already said it, but you are not listening. If Arabs had not been confrontational from the beginnings, Palestinians would have had their state a long time ago, and on better terms that they can get now. And this would have been without the wars and waste of generations. By the way, you seem to have forgotten that during a substantial period of time Palestinian territories have not been controlled by them but were taken from them by Egypt and Jordan. Where is your outrage at them?
@Khosrow, what brings someone like you to such sickening outbursts of insane white hot rage? This self-consuming antisemitism of yours where you come across as utterly deranged.
Seek help before you harm yourself.
Alexander, I read your comments on Iran and its Jewish population with great interest. You have proven yourself to be misinformed. I don't disagree that in Iran there is prejudice, though it is definitely not as rife as you seem to think. The Jewish community is strong and respected precisely because they do not have the same Zionist perspective that you do. Equating the Iranians with nazis, shows that you want to use jingoism to emphasize your perspective. This really emphasizes the weakness of your perspective. You really should look at the evidence provided by Jewish and Israeli human rights groups in Israel and you will rapidly realise that Israel is an apartheid state with more in common with fascists than Iran is. Only if your Palestinian or Israeli Arab will you see this, otherwise you will have some fantasy about it being a democracy.
@ JJ 'You need to take your pils mate, hatred has turned you into a looney.'
- "a cheap, smear tactic to try and close down debate on this all-important, life-and-death issue and is a perfect reflection of how poor and weak the hawks' arguments are."
Interesting facts, Alexander, but next time you might provide a link rather than a cut and paste.
And stop shouting, Mariella. Your last post indicates that, as well as your unthinking and hackneyed position on Israel and the rest of the ME, you're prey to that shallow hagiography so common on the left. Tareq Ramadan might be very clever and he might have had a distinguished academic career-but he is, I'm sure, still capable of being wrong. Wouldn't you agree?
is it ground hog day?
Enter the great Parkour Pete whose one liners belie a profound ignorance. Any claims I have put forward have been backed up with evidence.I have disputed myth after myth since the state of Israel was created but still you come back with more propaganda.
I can see why you feel at home with your slavish adherence to everything Israel does.
Absolutely spot on Uncle Sam.
Jews for Justice
Miliband's mum: backer of Jews for Justice for Palestinians
By Miriam Shaviv
September 26, 2010
Much energy has gone into figuring out where the Miliband brothers stand on the Jewish spectrum. For the most part, they show few signs of anything beyond a cursory interest in their Jewish heritage, they are uninvolved in the community, neither of their partners are Jewish and relatively little is known about their positions on Israel.
So here is another element to throw into the mix. According to the BBC and Haaretz, the Milibands' mother, Marion Kozak, is a "a leading member of the Jews for Justice for Palestinians", the group which is on the very margins of the Jewish community.
It is actually unclear just how "leading" she is and what real role she might play. But she certainly is a signatory.
@Lox: It's shocking that Alexander who comes across as very reasonable and measured, at times almost pleading with Mariella to answer questions, is rebuffed with the cheapest demagoguery of which I've seen on the internet in a long time.
Her defence of the Holocaust revisionist and antisemite ex-Jew Gilad Atzmon when even leading Palestinians want nothing to do with him is shameful, but honest. Because Mariella is what she is (as she comes across here).
She screeches with her capital letters and is just impervious to any form of debate. It is painful to read.
I was unsure about whether Israel and the USA should attack Iran but when the former head of Mossad began repeating his warnings against this I felt heed needed to be taken.
But now when I see the filth coming out of Mariella and the ever growing antisemitism in the Arab world then I say let's get it over with. Netanyahu has a point. No one cared about the Jews in th 30s only Israel can decide how to protect its citizens.
The reawakening of the Jewish social justice movement
The Jewish social justice community has not robustly defended its position. The Siach conference signals a change
Oh so he did have weapons of mass destruction then.
Well done non-moo slims live like animals hassan.
So there we have it from the words of ALexander.@
No, they have not inflicted a terrible injustice on the Palestinian people. Yes, Palestinians are dispossessed, I said it a long time ago, and you seemed to have ignored my position. However, their being dispossessed is not the fault of Israel.
SO in the words of Alexander who only engages in factual discourse.
1. Israelis have not inflcited a terrible injustice on the Palestinian people.
2. Their being dispossessed is not the fault of Israel.
HOW ON EARTH COULD WE POSSIBLY ACCUSE ALEXANDER OF DISTORTING THE TRUTH. I REST MY CASE.
Three cheers for Khosrow
CRITICISM OF ISRAEL
IS NOT "ANTI-SEMITISM"
While the media is proclaiming the recently concluded European Conference a reaffirmation of the fight against anti-Semitism, the reality is that Israel has been dealt a stunning political setback.
Long used to equating criticism of Israel as an expression of hate against the Jewish people, Israeli supporters attending the conference (when they were not vandalizing artwork) tried repeatedly to define criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, and were rebuffed at every turn. Even Colin Powell, Secretary of State to the one nation always willing to protect Israel at the United Nations, delinked criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism. In the end, even the ADL's Abe Foxman had to grin and try to put the best face on it. But Israel has lost one of its oldest and most effective means to deflect criticism of its actions.
Simply put, it is NOT anti-Semitism to criticize Israelis for what they DO.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to report on Israeli spies in this country taping into police phone systems and warning Israeli drug dealers of investigations that threaten them.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to point out that Israel has defied more UN Resolutions that Iraq.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to mention that Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that actually HAS weapons of mass destruction.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to remind people that Ariel Sharon has been charged with war crimes.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to oppose the continuing sending of US tax dollars to Israel (totally four times the cost of the entire Apollo Moon Program) during times of great economy hardship in this country.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to express concern over the vast sums of money that pro-Israel lobbyists are pouring into Congressional coffers.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to be concerned about reports that the Mossad has suceeded in tapping even the White House phone system.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to point out that many of these supposed "hate crimes" Israel loves to hide behind are hoaxes.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to want the US Government to be more concerned with the American people than with Israelis.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to reject politicians who openly display their loyalty to a foreign power.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to be angered by Philip Zelikow's admission that the war in Iraq was not fought to protect the US, but to protect Israel.
It is NOT anti-Semitism to tell Israel's supporters that hiding their crimes behind the entire Jewish people by screaming "anti-Semite" at every criticism is a really good way to set those same people up as targets!
Make no mistake, Israel has been dealt a serious blow by the conference in Europe. While there is no question that Israel's supporters will go on harassing and spearing those who dare criticise the policies of Ariel Sharon, the tar won't stick. It's official. Criticism of Israel is NOT anti-Semitism.
My lawyer will be instituting legal proceedings against all search engines, ISPs, and content filtering companies which have labeled this site as "anti-Semitic
Mariella, your claims have not been backed up by evidence, but, instead, were wrong logically and consistently refuted, including, most prominently, the ridiculous Katzav analogy and questioning whether Iran is corrupt, which every Iranian knows, just ask them. I have no desire to debate with you anymore, since you will not agree with anything that contradicts your narrow beliefs, even if, as I said before, God Almighty comes come before you with 100% incontrovertible evidence. Not to mention that, again, you are coming with these Palestinian issues, when we are discussing Iran. This means you are really obsessed with this and are vehemently anti-Israeli. I am an optimist with respect to NS readers, since I hope that they are capable of logical thinking.
Presbyterian church body hits back hard at JCPA’s "anti-Semitism" smear over support for Palestinian rights
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 19:27
The Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has hit back strongly at a smear campaign from a major pro-Israel group aimed at portraying it as “anti-Semitic.”
In responding to allegations from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), IPMN stated:
The world where Israeli government policy cannot be criticized is a thing of the past. There is vigorous debate within the Jewish community around Israel’s military occupation, and groups like the JCPA and others are losing control of the narrative.
For the record, the Israel Palestine Mission Network is not an anti-Semitic organization. It does oppose Israeli government policy that sustains illegal occupation and violates Palestinian human rights every day. The IPMN is also a proponent of open dialogue and debate about the issues that prevent a just peace. The truth is that the JCPA, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and other “pro-Israel” organizations do not desire open and free discussion about these issues in America, and when they don’t want to talk about the facts on the ground, they resort to slanderous smear campaigns.
Note to the editors:
You need to introduce a word limit and maybe also a post limit on posts.
Someone like Alexander has effectively ruined this thread with his ridiculously long (and frequent posts) including one that seems to be a pasting of an entire Wikipedia article (rather than providing a link).
Haaretz, Israel’s left-wing daily, used to be Israel’s newspaper of record and comparable to the New York Times, read also by those who differed from its line. Today Haaretz is read by less than 6 percent of Israelis, overwhelmingly composed of the country’s left-wing “elite.” Haaretz comes in far behind successful newcomer, right-of-center Israel Hayom at 38% and left-of-center Yediot Aharonot at 36%.
Haaretz’s English website, however, gets a very high Alexa ranking—around the 3900th most popular website in the world and currently neck-and-neck with the centrist Jerusalem Post’s site. Indeed, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu allegedly called (his office later denied it) Haaretz and the New York Times Israel’s “two main enemies” and said:
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.