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LONDON – The Guardian newspaper
consistently publishes commentary from Palestinians who reject Israel’s
legitimacy as a Jewish state and the two-state solution for the Middle
East, a London-based media watchdog organization has said this week.
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In a study published on Friday, titled “Voices from the conflict: Israeli and Palestinian op-eds in The Guardian,”
media monitor Just Journalism said this was consistent with an
editorial line that questions the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state
and that the newspaper’s editorial line is critical of any recognition
of Israel as a Jewish state because it would jeopardize the Palestinian
right of return.
“Since its involvement in the release of the Palestine papers, the Guardian
has maintained an editorial line that goes beyond simply endorsing the
end of Israeli occupation and the creation of a Palestinian state,” the
study states. “The paper is critical of any recognition of Israel as a
Jewish state, specifically because it would hazard ‘the right of return’
– the admission of millions of Palestinians that would turn Israel into
an Arab-majority state.”
A spokesman for Guardian News & Media told The Jerusalem Post
on Wednesday that it was committed to publishing a wide range of viewpoints in a fair and consistent manner.
“We were not approached by Just Journalism and remain unaware of their terms of reference and methodology. The Guardian
committed to publishing a wide range of voices, and covers any matter,
including conflict, in a way which is fair and consistent,” the
The study, however, looks at comment pieces by Israelis and Palestinians that appeared in the Guardian
the first six months of this year and concluded that the newspaper
“instinctively promotes the views of those who oppose the very concept
of two states for two peoples.”
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In its findings, Just Journalism also said that the Guardian
provided a platform to Palestinians who see the Jewish right to
self-determination as either irrelevant or unacceptable.
to those on the other side of the conflict who see Israel’s very
existence as an intolerable intrusion. Characteristic of this was the
comment pieces by those affiliated with Hamas, which believes that there
can be no resolution until Israel is physically destroyed by force,”
the report states.
According to the study, in total, the Guardian
11 comment pieces written by nine Palestinian contributors, as opposed
to six written by four Israelis, the majority of which dealt with the
Arab Spring rather than the conflict itself.
Three of the Palestinians who contributed op-eds during this period were
either members of Hamas or strongly affiliated with it, and have
endorsed terrorist attacks. According to the report also, another four
were Palestinian nationalists who reject Israel’s legitimacy.
has long been
associated with its endorsement of the Palestinian cause, and its
criticism of the occupation,” Just Journalism’s Media Analyst Chris
Dyszyn´ski said. “However, this new report suggests that the real
sticking point for the paper is not the number of settlements in the
West Bank, but Israel’s very nature as a national home for the Jewish
“While you would expect ‘the world’s leading liberal voice’ to endorse
Israeli concessions in the name of the two-state solution – and to
promote the views of liberal Israelis who don’t believe their government
is doing enough for that solution – it seems perverse to overwhelmingly
plump for Palestinians who don’t share that view.
“The decision to repeatedly offer a platform to signed-up Hamas members
is the logical, if distasteful, outcome of its preference for those who
fundamentally disagree with Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,”
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