Friday, 8 June 2018

The Guardian’s Pathetic Editor @kathviner censors Steve Bell Cartoon on the murder of Razan al-Najjar

In the eyes of the Guardian’s racist editor Katherine Viner, a fireplace becomes an oven becomes the Holocaust 

It’s not often that words fail me, but the decision of the Guardian’s  editor, @kathviner literally leaves me speechless.
A 21 year old girl, Razan al-Najjar, was murdered in cold blood by an Israeli sniper in Gaza.  She had her hands up whilst running to help the wounded.  What is the reaction of the Guardian’s gutless corporate editor, Kath Viner?  To censor the cartoon of the Guardian’s brilliant socialist cartoonist, Steve Bell, which features Netanyahu and Theresa May at Downing Street with Razan in the fireplace.
In the twisted, racist mind of @KathViner, the fireplace has become an oven.  And as we all know ovens are only used for burning Jews.  No one in Britain has an oven unless it is for cremating dead Jews who have been gassed.  
Such is the absurdity of the fake and false anti-semitism campaign that has hit the Labour Party.  And in what passes for Viner's malevolent mind a fireplace = Holocaust.  Steve Bell’s cartoon becomes an anti-Semitic trope.
Viner once helped produce a play on the murdered International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie, bulldozed to death by the Israeli military.  Viner has since become the Guardian’s editor and whatever principles this apology for a human being had have long been discarded.
Yet another reason why any socialist or supporter of human rights should boycott the alt-Right Guardian, whose ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party has shown it up in its true colours.
As I never tire of saying, I was brought upon a Guardian which had fearless Middle East correspondents like Michael Adams and David Hirst.  Now it has as its chief censor Jonathan Freedland and the paper is simply another part of the corporate media, using ‘anti-Semitism’ to counteract any criticism of Zionism and Israel.
Meanwhile the Israeli army ‘investigation’ into the murder of Razan has taken its normal course.  It is an attempt to justify their cold blooded murder of Razan.  Its agenda from the start has been to blacken the name of Razan and justify what happened.  After all, given that the army employed 100 snipers to mow down unarmed protestors what else can we expect?
I know the Zionists won't like it but asking the Israeli army to investigate itself is like asking the Nazis to conduct an investigation into the murder of Jews.  It didn't happen and it ain't gonna happen.
That is why Netanyahu has opposed any idea of an independent inquiry.  The last time the UN held an independent inquiry under Judge Goldstone it found Israel had committed human rights crimes and Goldstein, despite being Jewish was accused of, well you know, ‘anti-Semitism’.
Apparently Razan wanted to shield the wounded and, horror of horror, she apparently threw a smoke bomb.  Well that justifies her murder if anything does.  Of course she was murdered with her hands held up but who cares, Hamas put her up to it and they bear the responsibility. The poor innocent sniper couldn’t possibly have murdered her.  It must have been a ricochet or possibly he or she missed and killed her instead of someone else.
Israeli ‘investigations’ start from the premise that Israel is innocent. They are an exercise in allocating guilt to the Palestinians. And if they can’t find an excuse, as they couldn’t during Operation Protective Edge when 4 Palestinian children were murdered by an Israeli plane machine gunning them, then it is all a ‘tragic accident’.  Of course when Palestinians kill Israelis, then it is never an accident although it is always tragic.
Such is the narrative of the racist and colonist.  But what is worse is when racist journalists like the Guardian’s @kathviner act to protect Israel’s murderers with the bogus excuse of ‘anti-Semitism’.
Please tweet  @kathviner to let her know what you feel about the Guardian’s racism and email the Guardian letters page to let these racists know what you feel.  Because western papers covering for Israel’s foul murder of innocent civilians and even medics with the bogus ‘anti-Semitism’ smokescreen are every bit as despicable as those who commit these foul murders.
Israeli murderers couldn’t get away with their foul deeds unless journalists in this country covered for them.  In many ways it is the Kath Viners of the British press who bear as much culpability as the person who pulled the trigger on Razan.
Tony Greenstein

A top IDF general and spokesperson on Thursday said the Palestinian medic shot dead during clashes along the Gaza border last week was “no angel of mercy,” as the army released a video purportedly showing the woman lobbing a smoke grenade toward Israeli forces.
“Razan al-Najjar is not the angel of mercy Hamas propaganda is making her out to be,” IDF Arabic spokesman Avichay Adraee tweeted.
The video was released two days after the army said an internal review had determined Najjar was not intentionally targeted by snipers, following international outcry over her death.
Adraee accompanied his tweet with a short video compilation allegedly showing Najjar on several occasions during the recent Gaza border clashes.
The video, and Adraee’s comment that she was “no angel of mercy,” seemed designed to raise doubts about the volunteer medic’s innocence during the clashes, though the army did not indicate that it considered Najjar to be a legitimate target, raising questions among some commentators about its overall intentions with the campaign.
In one part of the clip, Najjar is seen giving an interview to an Arabic news outlet, saying that she wanted to serve as “a human shield” for protesters.
“I’m here on the line being a protective human shield saving the injured,” Najjar, 21, said in the interview.
The IDF clip cut her statement after “human shield.”
Another part of the clip shows a Palestinian woman, whom the military claimed was Najjar, hurling a smoking canister. The army said the smoke grenade was thrown toward Israeli forces.
“By her own admission, she was a human shield for the rioters and saboteurs, demonstrating how Hamas exploits all of Gazan society for its own purposes as well as Iran’s,” said the IDF general.
“Do medics in other countries throw bombs and participate in riots and refer to themselves as human shields?”
Palestinians and human rights groups have accused the Israeli military of using excessive force against protesters during the weeks of Hamas-led protests along the Israeli border. Najjar’s death sharpened the criticism, with UN officials saying that witness reports indicated she wore clothing that clearly identified her as a health worker.
In two months of mass protests at the Gaza border, some 110 Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded by Israeli military fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad acknowledged.
Earlier this week, the IDF said an initial investigation into Najjar’s death revealed that while troops did fire at protesters near the fence east of Khan Younis where she was working, the volunteer medic was not intentionally targeted.
This appeared to indicate that Najjar was hit either by a mis-aimed shot or a ricochet as she tended to an injured man, while wearing a white coat clearly marking her as a medical professional.
The Palestinian Medical Relief Society and eyewitnesses at the scene said Najjar was less than 100 meters from the border fence, treating a man who been struck by a tear gas canister, when she was shot.
IDF Spokesman in Arabic, Avichay Adraee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem on September 6, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
After the incident, the UN’s envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a tweet that “Medical workers are #NotATarget!” and that “Israel needs to calibrate its use of force and Hamas need to prevent incidents at the fence.”
On Tuesday, the army said the official investigation into Najjar’s death, which is led by the Southern Command, was ongoing. The IDF said that the General Staff also launched its own probe into the incident, the findings of which will be presented to the Military Advocate General to determine if criminal proceedings are necessary.
Israel faces weekly attacks by violent protesters at the border. Israel says its forces have opened fire to stop attempts to harm soldiers, damage the fence, infiltrate Israel, and attempt to carry out attacks. Israel accuses the Hamas terrorist group, with which it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.

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