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Racism, Hamas And The Guardian.

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The Guardian’s coverage of Hamas’s racism is often problematic, but it’s not necessarily for the content rather than the downplaying of Hamas’s racism.

As *if* it is incidental to their beliefs.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Hamas Covenant shows, oozing from it you will find bigotry and racism towards Jews, conspiracy theories, etc, the lot.

Next, if you were going to report Hamas’s attitude towards the new UN curriculum then you might at least include their initial reaction in 2009:

“”The refugee camps committees categorically refuse to let our children be taught this lie created by the Jews and intensified by their media,” the committees’ letter said. “First of all, [the Holocaust] is not a fact, and secondly, those who added it to the curriculum intended to mess with our children’s emotions.”

Why not mention Khaled Meshaal’s Holocaust revisionism?

Meshaal is a major Hamas leader and his thinking is central to Hamas’s outlook on the world. On the 31st of March 2008, Khaled Meshaal tells a Sky interviewer:

“KM: We don’t want to harm any religion in the world. We don’t deny the holocaust.
But, we believe the Zionists have exaggerated the numbers to get sympathy from other nations. But, there is Palestinian suffering caused by Israel.”

So, the Guardian, if you are going to comment on Hamas’s racism, please at least make an effort.

Update 1: From last year, In The Age of The Internet: More Racism At The Guardian.

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28/02/2011 at 16:20

Ken’s Puff Piece And The Holocaust Denier.

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There is an appalling piece of Hamas PR in this week’s New Statesman.

Ken Livingstone interviews Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal.

He’s not really asked any difficult questions and Livingstone seems to grovel at Meshal’s knees, not troubling to pick him up on the difficult issues.

I posted a slightly critical comment, I doubt it will see the light of day. [Update: It did get posted, but there’s no discussion what so ever on these issues, which is a bit scary considering the NS was once meant to be a premier political magazine.]

Next time, the New Statesman should refer to Meshal’s previous interview on Sky, where he advanced his own version of Holocaust revisionism.

“On the 31st of March 2008, Khaled Meshaal tells a Sky interviewer:

“KM: We don’t want to harm any religion in the world. We don’t deny the holocaust.
But, we believe the Zionists have exaggerated the numbers to get sympathy from other nations. But, there is Palestinian suffering caused by Israel.”

Would Ken Livingstone be so gentle with David Irving? I doubt it.

Update 1:
I have covered Hamas on a number of occasions.

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25/09/2009 at 02:29