A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel coverage in the Guardian

Ahdaf Soueif’s article in the Guardian today http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1819073,00.html calls for sanctions against Israel . Its intention is worthy – to end Palestinian suffering – but its rhetoric is disingenuous and masks the two-sided nature of the current situation in Gaza and Lebanon. Israel withdrew completely from Lebanon six years ago and Gaza last year according to international wishes and approval. The response in Gaza has been regular rocket attacks in the unconnected Israeli town of Sderot, whilst yesterday’s kidnapping of two soldiers and the further killing of seven on the Lebanese border was described by Kofi Annan as a “blatant breach” of Security Council resolutions.

Crossing an internationally recognised ceasefire line and kidnapping a soldier from another sovereign state has to be unacceptable, no matter the context. And the context, sadly, has been one in which Israel’s efforts towards a two-state solution have been constantly undermined by terrorist groups committed to the destroying the State of Israel.

Soueif’s article ignores the need for this context and ignores the compelling argument that both sides need to act responsibly if a two-state solution is ever to be achieved. It is a sorry indictment of a respected writer like Soueif to choose to write such a one-sided and deliberately provocative piece on a day when terrorist groups have demonstrably proven their absolute opposition to peace and a two-state solution.


Blogger Lola said...

That's so often the case with coverage of this issue...

I was watching the news last night / this morning (cannot remember!) and the story was purely 'Israel bombs Lebanon' - literally no mention of the fact that 2 soldiers had been kidnapped. Anyone who wasn't up on the issues or who hadn't been watching the coverage earlier yesterday would have assumed Israel had bombed Lebanon out of the blue.

I appreciate it's a complex issue for the TV news to cover, but the least they can do is give information in some kind of balanced context.

4:26 pm, July 13, 2006

Blogger noel said...

hi Labour reactionaries, zionists and defenders of imperialism!

Maybe you'd like to check the facts about the media coverage 'bias' before you utter more nonsense…


7:27 pm, July 13, 2006

Blogger noel said...


7:27 pm, July 13, 2006

Blogger noel said...

"no matter the context"

love it!

50 years of illegal occupation, misery and collective punishment of a whole people (like knocking out the only power station in the whole of gaza leaving a whole people without water and electricity) is some 'context' no?

There's none so blind as those that won't see…

7:30 pm, July 13, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can a soldier be "kidnapped"?

1:57 am, July 14, 2006

Blogger Manchester University Labour Club said...

What about those who believe in a 2 state solution.

Those who condemn Palestinian terrorists blowing themselves up and killing innocent civilians.

But who equally condemn Israel's excessive use of violence?

1:01 am, July 15, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, 21 Israeli citizens have been killed and 71 wounded by Hezbollah.

These murders dont make the news over here. But every day Israeli citizens have lived in fear of Hezbollah rockets and bombs.

Israel has acted now to defend itself against a background of 6 years of killings by Hezbollah.

It is defending itself against two nations who have for many years funded Hamas and Hezbollah without any sort of international condemnation.

I think now is certainly the time for restraint - from the terrorists, nations that support the terrorists and those who condemn Israel without looking at the facts

9:58 pm, July 17, 2006


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