Our absurd obsession with Israel is laid bare

The Arab revolution is consigning skip-loads of articles, books and speeches about the Middle East to the dustbin of history. In a few months, readers will go through libraries or newspaper archives and wonder how so many who claimed expert knowledge could have turned their eyes from tyranny and its consequences.

To a generation of politically active if not morally consistent campaigners, the Middle East has meant Israel and only Israel. In theory, they should have been able to stick by universal principles and support a just settlement for the Palestinians while opposing the dictators who kept Arabs subjugated. Few, however, have been able to oppose oppression in all its forms consistently. The right has been no better than the liberal-left in its Jew obsessions. The briefest reading of Conservative newspapers shows that at all times their first concern about political changes in the Middle East is how they affect Israel. For both sides, the lives of hundreds of millions of Arabs, Berbers and Kurds who were not involved in the conflict could be forgotten.

If you doubt me, consider the stories that the Middle Eastern bureau chiefs missed until revolutions that had nothing to do with Palestine forced them to take notice.
Carry on reading

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One thought on “Our absurd obsession with Israel is laid bare

  1. Please note how the Guardian has failed to publish details on the astonishing caught Iranian weapons delivery cache on the container vessel Victoria last week in the Med. 50 tons of ordinance was found including six state of the art anti-ship missiles.
    On the morning of 19th March 2011, there was a 50 round mortar attack from Gaza into southern Israel. This has so far NOT been reported in the Guardian .

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