The Guardian’s world-famous editorial cartoonist, Steve Bell, has been censored by his editors. He created a 2-part cartoon criticizing Labour MP and deputy Labour Party leader, Tom Watson, for joining forces with the UK Israel Lobby and Tories seeking to sabotage Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Watson has jumped on the anti-Semitism bandwagon demanding that the Party engage in a major purge of supposed anti-Semites within. The targets are almost always members of officials who’ve voiced support for Palestinian rights or criticized Israel as an apartheid state. Once again, and for what feels like the thousandth time, none of these are anti-Semitic in any way shape or form.
I’m displaying the four panels Bell penned so you can judge for yourself:
When Bell challenged them, the Guardian powers-that-be whined that Tom Watson was liable to sue them for libel. That was their excuse for refusing to publish. There is, of course, nothing anti-Semitic about the cartoons nor anything that could remotely be construed as libelous. This is simply a cowardly betrayal of artistic free speech and one of the finest editorial cartoonists remaining anywhere in the world.
This is one of the long line of recent acts of artistic censorship by major international newspapers. The NY Times international edition published a cartoon showing Bibi Netanyahu as a dog walking his blind master, Donald Trump. The artwork was a pungent statement of widely deserved criticism. Yet the Times liberal Zionist editorial staff, including op-ed editor, James Bennett, denounced the cartoon as anti-Semitic. The paper further announced it would no longer publish any editorial cartoons.
In Canada, another cartoonist published a troubling, disturbing image of Donald Trump playing golf and asking the drowned bodies of two Central American migrants if he minded if he “played through.” The newspaper’s owner, a major Tory Party donor and wealthy oil company owner, was none too happy and summarily fired the artist.
If you add to that, last week’s betrayal in which 300 Jewish progressives submitted a letter to the Guardian bemoaning the anti-Semitism smear and attesting to their support for Corbyn and the Labour Party. That Guardian published the letter for five minutes. Then it disappeared from its website to be replaced with a message saying the letter was “withdrawn pending further investigation.” The Board of Deputies, as deputized sentry for the Lobby, discovered that a single signatory of the 300 was not Jewish and had made questionable prior remarks, while another had included a reference to being a member of Hope Not Hate (which he was), to which that organization objected.
Of course, when a list of Jewish VIPs released their own letter denouncing Corbyn and the Party, they didn’t have to submit it as a letter. The Guardian published an entire news story covering the attack.
I used to publish regularly at the Guardian via Comment is Free. Georgina Henry (bless her soul), who was then the managing editor, actually wanted competing voices there. But then there was a coup of some sort. Many of us were escorted to the door. Though of course I was never told that was what was happening. They just one day accepted a piece for publication and then never published it. My editor, Richard Adams, kept telling me it would be published, but it never was. That, I knew, was the end.
Not only that, but the accounting office denied me payment for two pieces I wrote because it claimed I hadn’t submitted proper IRS forms. When I paid $600 to have my IRS tax forms reworked and resubmitted, it still wasn’t good enough for the bean counters and I was never paid. Katharine Viner, the current managing editor, has drunk the Kool Aid and become a creature of the Lobby, whether she knows it or not.
But the Guardian isn’t the only mainstay of the liberal old guard to be co-opted by this lunacy. Billy Bragg, who was once a champion of the working man, and Troubador of the people, has joined those braying for the head of MPs he deems insufficiently sensitive to supposed anti-Semitism. How the mighty have fallen.
NOTE: I will be interviewed on KPFK (Los Angeles) program, Middle East in Focus, this Sunday from 12 noon-12:30pm (listen live to audio stream). We’ll be talking about the Israeli national security state, its intelligencne apparatus and dirty ops firms which operate throughout the world.
Google has again served notice that my post, which announced that the Israeli police and courts ordered it to censor their results in Israel for this post, has itself been censored. But they not only censored the post itself, they censored the Facebook image of Ben Ezri which showed his name in Hebrew. Needless to say, almost every Israeli who wishes to know does know both pieces of information.