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Oh The New Statesman

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I like a read, a nice relaxing read and I am often tempted to buy the New Statesman, which has improved immeasurably since the 1970s. The New Statesman’s changed format is better, more readable and it has higher quality production values, overall very enticing.

Well, I would be tempted, but alas not, if the New Statesman is going to put out nonsense like Pilger’s latest article, which starts “Those calling for a boycott of Israel were once distant voices. Now the discussion has gone global. It is growing inexorably and will not be silenced.

Jon Pike corrects many of Pilger’s worst mistakes, but the comment boxes are full of barely concealed contempt for Israelis.

It is sad the New Statesman and many of its readers have come to this.

The comments from Philip Mendes of Australia are most apt:

“However, his pro-Palestinian bias leads him to simplistically portray the Middle East conflict as involving powerful and evil Israelis oppressing defenceless and innocent Palestinian victims. In reality, this complex national conflict involves good and bad and extremists and moderates on both sides.

Pilger also proceeds to endorse calls for an academic boycott of Israel, and even implicitly urges the destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement by a single democratic state which is code for an Islamic Arab State of Palestine. These recommendations are based on the ethnic stereotyping of all Israelis, and suggest a hatred of the Israeli people.

They are also totally disconnected from reality. If Israel is really the world’s fourth biggest military power as alleged by Pilger, then why on earth would the Israelis voluntarily give up their sovereignty to live in a state dominated by their mortal foes? Go figure.”

Oh, and I won’t be purchasing a copy of the New Statesman again.


Update:

The New Centrist reminds us of that disgusting NS cover “Kosher Conspiracy” and their feeble response back then:

“We (or, more precisely, I) got it wrong. The cover was not intended to be anti-Semitic; the New Statesman is vigorously opposed to racism in all its forms. But it used images and words in such a way as to create unwittingly the impression that the New Statesman was following an anti-Semitic tradition that sees the Jews as a conspiracy piercing the heart of the nation. I doubt very much that one single person was provoked into hatred of Jews by our cover. But I accept that a few anti-Semites (as some comments on our website, quickly removed, suggested) took aid and comfort when it appeared that their prejudices were shared by a magazine of authority and standing. Moreover, the cover upset very many Jews, who are right to feel that, in the fight against anti-Semitism in particular and racism in general, this magazine ought to be on their side.”

I am just waiting for John Pilger to say “but some of my best friends are Jewish”

Written by modernityblog

25/08/2007 at 01:26

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  1. Yep. Pilgerizing is getting fashionable, it seems. Unfortunately.

    snoopythegoon

    25/08/2007 at 16:03

  2. Haven’t purchased it since they published that f-ed up “Kosher Conspiracy” cover. They crossed the line on that one. At least for me. Let them get money from some other sucker…

    http://www.newstatesman.com/200202110006

    “We (or, more precisely, I) got it wrong. The cover was not intended to be anti-Semitic; the New Statesman is vigorously opposed to racism in all its forms. But it used images and words in such a way as to create unwittingly the impression that the New Statesman was following an anti-Semitic tradition that sees the Jews as a conspiracy piercing the heart of the nation. I doubt very much that one single person was provoked into hatred of Jews by our cover. But I accept that a few anti-Semites (as some comments on our website, quickly removed, suggested) took aid and comfort when it appeared that their prejudices were shared by a magazine of authority and standing. Moreover, the cover upset very many Jews, who are right to feel that, in the fight against anti-Semitism in particular and racism in general, this magazine ought to be on their side.”

    No, you don’t say…

    newcentrist

    25/08/2007 at 23:15

  3. […] that this week’s New Statesman contains a few letters which are critical of last week’s John Pigler’s awful article, but not much else, those hoping for an apology will be […]


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