is in clear evidence in its latest post. It is quoting from extremist MEMRI site:
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As Brian Whitaker of the Guardian said “The second thing that makes me uneasy is that the stories selected by Memri for translation follow a familiar pattern: either they reflect badly on the character of Arabs or they in some way further the political agenda of Israel. I am not alone in this unease.
Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Washington Times: “Memri’s intent is to find the worst possible quotes from the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible.”
Though The Spittoon tries to present a liberal image, this is not so clear from its attitude toward Israel-Palestine. As of 5 January 2010, it has 13 articles filed under “Israel/Palestine” and 29 under “Human Rights”. None of them has anything to say about Palestinian rights; most of them attack people who support Palestinian rights. There is nothing on the website that shows whether it accepts the the international consensus on the conflict enshrined in International Law. Its co-editor Faisal Gazi also joined the Zionist right to allege that the activists murdered by Israeli forces on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla were ‘linked to terrorism.' Indeed, from its various posts on the conflict the implied position is closer to that of the Zionist right. While the website has on several occasions shown concern for the well-being of “innocent Israelis”, as of 6 January 2010 it has yet to make a single reference to “innocent Palestinians”, the foremost victims of the conflict. The only times Palestinians are mentioned in the role of victims is in the context of a report on right-wing settler death threats against Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak. The website has also channelled the rightwing of the Israel lobby in denouncing Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play Seven Jewish Children as ‘dodgy’ (with a link to Harry’s Place).
The website seems to accept Israeli claims to all of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As mentioned above it published a post from Harry’s Place criticizing the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Muslim Association of Britain for demanding that Israeli tourism ads in London not display the Occupied Palestinian Territories as belonging to Israel. (These claims are maintained only by a right-wing fringe in Israel, and by the neocons)
But of course as Mr Whitaker informs us: “The reason for Memri’s air of secrecy becomes clearer when we look at the people behind it. The co-founder and president of Memri, and the registered owner of its website, is an Israeli called Yigal Carmon.
Mr – or rather, Colonel – Carmon spent 22 years in Israeli military intelligence and later served as counter-terrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.
Retrieving another now-deleted page from the archives of Memri’s website also throws up a list of its staff. Of the six people named, three – including Col Carmon – are described as having worked for Israeli intelligence.”
What is even more intriguing than Spittoon’s use of MEMRI as a valid source is the website it takes it from:
It was posed on You Tube by someone called Nationalism 4 life
whose Youtube account has some fascinating videos in its favourites section with titles such as “jews in the american government” and
“Do Zionists Control Wall Street? The Shocking Facts!”.
Guess we wont be seeing such heresy on Spittoon anytime soon.
It certainly makes Spittoon’s attack on the Powerbase for its tenous linking to Kevin Macdonald’s work seem mighty hypocritical:
“It is worth clarifying what David Miller’s definition of The Spittoon’s “smear campaign” entails. As far as we can tell, it has consisted of a number of articles by Shiraz Maher which reported the fact that someone on his team had cited the prominent neo-Nazi academic Kevin MacDonald, to explain the political behaviour of Jews”.
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